A FIRM of Winchester architects have held an event to see how the construction industry to help tackle the climate emergency.

ArchitecturePLB oversaw a multi-disciplinary workshop to debate the issues and work towards agreeing actions within the construction industry.

Participants included council members and officers, landscape and sustainability consultants, local climate activists, project managers and contractors.

Participants discussed three key themes: new development, reuse of existing buildings and lifecycle / whole-life carbon.

Key themes arising from the workshop demonstrated a clear need for a multi-layered approach, with areas of responsibility ranging from national and regional government and regulatory bodies, to the construction industry and individual building owners and occupiers.

ArchitecturePLB intend to build upon this first workshop to facilitate further inter-disciplinary sessions to share knowledge and help to align goals, change “business as usual” and work with the degree of urgency necessary.

It challenged each of the participants to make meaningful changes in response to the climate emergency. A spokesman said: "We look forward to embedding some of these outcomes with WinACC and the Winchester City Council in their emerging Local Plan, ensuring meaningful change happens."