The Frontiers issue

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus (RICS)

A perfect storm of job losses during the last – property-led – recession, an aging workforce, and a lack of awareness about the profession in school leavers has created a skills shortage at all levels of the construction sector.

In our frontiers issue, we ask is the workforce in the UK at the limit of its capacity, and what impact would a change in immigration policy — and our relationship with the EU — have on the industry?

Elsewhere, we ask whether, beyond the odd headline-grabbing stunt, 3D-printing will find any real-world applications in the built environment; profile four emerging countries whose markets are primed for growth; wonder why we are failing to respond to the “new normal” of regular flooding events; and meet six professionals at the forefront of the proptech revolution.

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