• Watch the Built Environment Debate Live on Tuesday 5th April from 12:30 (BST)

    The Built Environment Debate will take the form of an Election Hustings to be held at The Mac Belfast on 5th April 2016. The event is jointly hosted by the leading professional bodies ACE, RICS, ICE, RSUA and RTPI, and supported by a number of associate bodies across the built environment. The panel will consist of NI Assembly candidates from the main political parties in Northern Ireland.

    The debate will start at 12:30 on Tuesday 5th April. Proceedings will finish no later than 14:00

    Mark Simpson BBCThis event is a unique opportunity for party candidates to showcase their policy positions across a range of areas, including construction, infrastructure, planning, and housing. The Hustings will be chaired by Mark Simpson BBC political correspondent, and will resemble a ‘Question Time’ format, with panellists responding to questions from the floor and debating key built environment issues of importance to Northern Ireland.

    Together ACE, RICS, ICE, RSUA and RTPI represent 100,000s globally and thousands of members in Northern Ireland. The breadth and depth of the joint professions embodies all aspects of the built environment, encompassing places and spaces shaped by people, buildings, and infrastructure networks.

    The BED is a great opportunity for those involved in working in the Built Environment to engage directly with the main political parties in the run up to the election on 5th May.

    Supported by

    CEF Northern Ireland
    The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists: CIAT
    FMB Northern Ireland - Federation of Master Builders
    Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland
    Landscape Institute Northern Ireland

    Invited Guests

    Invited guests include NI Assembly candidates from the main political parties in Northern Ireland (See below) and The hustings will be chaired by Mark Simpson. The debate will commence at 12.30 (GMT).

    Steve Aiken OBE Steve Aiken OBE - Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)

    Stephen Aiken OBE is a resident of South Antrim. Born in Belfast, he joined the Royal Navy in 1980, serving his country proudly until 2011. Since 2011n Stephen has held several senior CEO appointments in Dublin, being, until recently, the Chief Executive Officer of Dublin City University Educational Trust. Prior to that, he was the CEO of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. Stephen continues to be very involved in British Irish and British European relations, being a board member of several British/Irish organisations.

    Conor Duncan Connor Duncan (SDLP)

    Connor was born in Ballymena and has lived in Rasharkin for the past 10 years. He has worked in the banking sector for most of his adult life having worked across the branch network in Northern Ireland and a brief time in England. Connor has been involved with the SDLP since he was 19 when he became involved with the 2007 elections. He has been involved in running election campaigns and the local North Antrim constituency.

    Naomi Long Naomi Long (Alliance Party)

    Naomi graduated from Queen’s University Belfast as a civil engineer and spent several years working in industry before first taking political office with Belfast City Council in 2001. She was elected to the Assembly in 2003 and became deputy leader of the party within three years. She was Belfast Lord Mayor in 2009, becoming the second female to take the role. She also served as MP for East Belfast from 2010-2015.

    Daithi McKay Daithí McKay (Sinn Féin)

    Daithí has been an MLA for North Antrim since 2007. He is currently the Chair of the Assembly’s Finance and Personnel Committee and also sits on the Public Accounts Committee. He was the previous party spokesperson on the Environment and Education and now speaks for the party on the Economy. He has been a full time worker for Sinn Féin in North Antrim for ten years and his constituency priorities include the development of north coast tourism, the upgrading of the A26, rural planning and issues concerning the Antrim and Causeway hospitals.

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    Venue: The MAC Belfast

    MAC Belfast

    The MAC Belfast
    10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ

    The MAC is in Saint Anne's Square (right behind St. Anne's Cathedral and beside the University of Ulster) in Belfast's bustling Cathedral Quarter. The main entrance is off the square, with an adjoining entrance via Exchange Street West.

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    Mark Simpson

    Live Webcast Introduction
    Mark Simpson, BBC


    The Built Environment Debate - LIVE


    Steve Aiken OBE

    Steve Aiken OBE
    Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)


    Connor Duncan (SDLP)

    Connor Duncan


    Naomi Long

    Naomi Long
    (Alliance Party)


    Daithí McKay (Sinn Féin)

    Daithí McKay
    (Sinn Féin)

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