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Solid foundation


Surely the ICE's State of the Nation report is missing a trick by referring only to 'infrastructure' issues (NCE 19 October) without reference to the wider issue of the built environment, including housing and urban regeneration.

Important as it is, the infrastructure that provides, for example, transport, energy and water is there to support the built environment in which we live and work, and which will be our main legacy to future generations.

In transport it is now realised that the location and form of the built environment is fundamental in determining both people's need to travel and the choices of travel modes available to them.

Likewise, the design and insulation of buildings is fundamental in reducing energy requirements that should have equal priority with the provision of new generating capacity.

It is only by getting the built environment right that we shall be able to move towards a more sustainable future.

Although not always the principal players in schemes involving the built environment, civil engineers are as fundamental to success in this area as in many issues of infrastructure.

John Danby (M), 3 Knockmuir View, Avoch, Ross-shire IV9 8RY

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