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Atkins joins CIC's sustainable construction strategy

Design and engineering consultancy Atkins is to donate the expertise of two of its people to The Construction Industry Council (CIC) to help develop a sustainable construction strategy.

Tony Iles, associate director in Atkins’ environmental management team, will work three days a week for CIC for six months, from November 2007. He will be supported by sustainability consultant Piotr Berebecki.

The aim is to help form the CIC’s response to the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s (BERR) draft sustainable construction strategy, co-ordinating of members' input, liaising with the Sustainable Development Commission and overseeing the drafting process. The next stage will be to help the CIC support BERR in implementing the strategy.

Graham Watts chief executive of CIC said: “Tony and Piotr will be a great asset to CIC in the key area of developing and implementing the sustainable construction strategy, as well as helping shape CIC priorities in relation to climate change and other environmental policies.”

Keith Clarke, Chief Executive of Atkins and Deputy Chairman of CIC said: “Atkins’ corporate responsibility policy is to share our expertise in areas which are fundamentally important to society, and this is a prime example. It is crucial that we develop a common way forward on sustainability between Government and the design community.”