Representing the construction industry, Building Equality – an alliance of firms committed to championing LGBT-inclusion - is attending National Student Pride 2018 for the third year running on 10 February

This year 10 out of 19 companies from Building Equality will join forces to create the biggest construction industry presence ever at National Student Pride, aiming to attract LGBT+ students to apply to work in the industry.

Since it was established in 2015, Building Equality has grown from four to 19 member firms working collaboratively to help make the construction industry a place where LGBT+ people can be themselves at work and perform at their best, and to help tackle the skills shortage by encouraging LGBT+ students and early career professionals to apply for roles in the industry. Those attending Student Pride this year are Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BuroHappold, Kier, Lendlease, Laing O’Rourke, Skanska, and WSP.

The group has previously called for sector leaders to be more willing to talk about homophobia and the value of diversity and inclusivity within the built environment sector.

“The construction industry is improving slowly,” says Jo Hennessey, Chair of Building Equality and committee member of WSP’s LGBT+ employee network, VIBE. “Recent surveys indicate a shift in the right direction but there is definitely much more work to do. Attitudes amongst those entering the industry in the early stages of their careers are already markedly more LGBT-inclusive than those who have been in the industry for a number of years. And now we have an ever-growing number of construction companies who are making a public commitment to creating inclusive workplaces to enable LGBT+ employees to thrive.

“With more construction firms than ever championing LGBT+ inclusion, this is why it’s important that we stand united at Student Pride this year to demonstrate that construction welcomes LGBT+ students.”

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Notes to editors

About Building Equality

Building Equality is an alliance of construction consultants, engineers, developers and contractors who are passionate about working together and harnessing our collective power to drive LGBT+ inclusion in the construction industry. Our vision is to have a construction industry that is wholly welcoming, inclusive and supportive of LGBT+ professionals across the UK.

Our members are AECOM, Amec Foster Wheeler, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Bechtel, BuroHappold Engineering, Carillion, CH2M, Gleeds, Interserve, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Lendlease, Mace, Mott Macdonald, Skanska, WSP.

About WSP

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.
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