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Construction and the Built Environment

What is it?


The built environment covers everything around us that is designed, planned, and built, including

  • houses
  • shopping complexes
  • energy production plants
  • factories
  • hospitals
  • schools,
  • sports facilities
  • landscaping
  • street 'furniture' such as bus stops and street lamps
  • roads
  • pipelines
  • bridges
  • airports
  • underground transport systems. 

There are hundreds of different job roles, including those that make sure everything is functional, safe, and fits in with the latest building and environmental laws - as well as looking good.

To make it easier to find the information you need for your career planning, we have split this sector into the main work areas of:

  • General Construction
  • Architecture, Surveying and Planning 
  • Building Services 
  • Civil and Structural Engineering  

For each work area, you’ll be able to find out more about: 


Useful web links


The following documents are attached to this page, please click on an icon or the title to download (this will open a new window)
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Construction & the built environment Gloucestershire January 2012
the current and future job market, local information, and contacts