Today ARIA (the Advanced Research & Invention Agency ) was launched (https://www.theengineer.co.uk/advanced-research-invention-agency-to-launch-in-uk/) for the purpose of to support discoveries that could prove transformational to people’s lives, creating highly-skilled jobs across the country in the process. I would like Sunak and Kwarteng to 1) ear mark £200bn toward R&D to catalyse the construction of materials that will be used for future homes and 2) create a Built Environment branch in the " What Works Network" to link the innovations from ARIA in to practice.
Why is this important?
29million homes still need to be retrofitted and the built environment sector (Transport, Planning, Housing, Health, Land Use) are all siloed in their approach in building/ retrofitting our homes/ communities to be fit for the future. The sector has never had a ministry to combine all of the thought leadership occurring across the UK instead it has led to competition across the industry rather than collaboration, preventing us from reaching our carbon zero target in 2050. This is the ideal way to create a sustainable pipeline of research and development to realise places fit for the future, creating jobs, creating economic, health and social resilience across the UK.