Chloe: What applies to one client, doesn’t apply to another.
Ana Rita: You have to be aware – and then you have to act.
Chloe: In some ways, very little has changed in 25 years. I’m still asking manufacturers the basic questions about this – and people still have to go away to find the answers. Half of the time, I don’t even hear back from them. In general, furniture is still really poor – but building materials are really good.
Neil: I agree. We’re trying to take things to that circular economy place, so everything should be demountable, so you don’t just put a recycled material on the floor that’s going to be there for, say, 20 years and then just thrown into the bin. It has to be used again and again.
Ana Rita: But how do you control that cycle?
Neil: That’s a good question. It’s very early days, but it’s about having the intention to do that. You could actually build an entire building out of a bolted steel frame and then rather than demolish it you could take it apart like a kit. It’s about selling the idea to the client.
Richard: It’s about the provision, the flexibility, the choice and the ability to be able to do that at some point in the future. As you say, once that project is signed off and it’s with the clients, then it’s in their hands really. It rests with them really – it might be their intention but…
Neil: There might well be more regulations on this in the future. I believe that Sadiq Khan has an entire team dedicated to this. So, if regulations get stricter, it might well be a requirement to do this if a building gets knocked down.