CIRIA network blog

Bringing industry leaders and experts together, the CIRIA network offers an engaging platform for cross sector collaboration and discussion, and aims to strengthen links between research, innovation and practice.

The CIRIA network blog keeps you up to date with the latest news, events and opinion from CIRIA and the wider construction industry.
Driving the Vision - a member synopsis
22/09/2016
An overview and synopsis of key learning points from CIRIA's exclusive member event - 2025: Driving the Vision, by Dr Martina Girvan of Arcadis.
 
The future of cities matter
22/09/2016
Ruth Hynes, Project Manager at CIRIA, provides a summary of CIRIA's recent annual debate on the future of sustainable cities.
 
Biodiversity Net Gain is the next big thing
26/08/2016
Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist at Balfour Beatty discusses the business case for Biodiversity Net Gain
 
Addressing the skills gap
09/08/2016
Carine Guenand, Head of Sustainability for NAWIC London & South East Region and Design Manager for Skanska UK reviews CIRIA's summer 'Addressing the Skills Gap' event ...
 
Creating a legacy for habitat at Monks Brook
22/07/2016
Linda Wilkinson, Environmental Adviser, Interserve discusses creating a legacy for habitat at Monks Brook and winning the Large Scale Permanent Award at the 2015 BIG Awards...
 
Urban trees delivering sustainable water management
22/07/2016
Kate Halahan, Trees for Cities blogs on urban trees delivering sustainable water management and the BIG Awards 2015.
 
Providing gains for biodiversity - one year on
08/07/2016
Matt Tompsett, Environmental Solutions Manager at Kier Highways blogs on winning the BIG Challenge 2015 and providing gains for biodiversity.
 
Delivering for communities through a BIG partnership
07/07/2016
Helen Spring, Project Coordinator of the Lost Effra Project, London Wildlife Trust discusses winning the BIG Challenge and delivering for communities.
 
Connecting people and wildlife - have a go
07/07/2016
Ian Boyd, Arc Consulting, winners of the BIG Challenge Small Scale Permanent Award 2015 blogs on connecting people and wildlife.
 
Faster, leaner, greener construction through offsite manufacturing skills
28/06/2016
Rob Francis, Director of Industrialised Solutions at Skanska UK discusses offsite manufacturing skills and the opportunity for the industry to become faster, leaner and greener.
 
The BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2016
22/06/2016
Michael Small, Project Manager at CIRIA, discusses the BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2016.
 
View from Peter Head - Adaptation without Mitigation is Immoral
15/06/2016
Peter Head CBE FREng FRSA, CEO Ecological Sequestration Trust blogs on the subject of CIRIA's annual debate - Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral.
 
Technology for an urban future
08/06/2016
Peter Madden OBE, CEO FutureCities Catapult blogs on the subject of CIRIA's annual debate - Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral.
 
Climate Change adaptation- Sustainability is essential and makes business sense!
06/06/2016
Rhian Locke, Principal Consultant, Temple Group, blogs on the subject of CIRIA's annual debate - Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral.
 
Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral
25/05/2016
Suzanne Simmons, Project Manager, CIRIA, blogs on the subject of CIRIA's annual debate - Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral.
 
Driving the Vision - a CIRIA synopsis
11/05/2016
An overview and synopsis of key learning points from CIRIA's exclusive member event - 2025: Driving the Vision, by Owen Jenkins, Director, CIRIA.
 
Fit out environmental good practice on site
06/04/2016
The construction industry is under increasing pressure to ensure its activities have reduced impact on the environment. This is as true for the fit-out sector as it is for other sectors. However, fit-out projects also face unique challenges; frequent
 
Major new Crossrail initiative to share lessons learned with the wider industry
21/03/2016
The Crossrail Learning Legacy is an initiative to share with the wider UK infrastructure industry the insights from Europe’s largest construction project. The Learning Legacy seeks to collate knowledge and share good practice on all facets of the
 
Considering climate change in the built environment
01/03/2016
Climate change dominated the press in 2015, culminating in The Paris Climate Agreement in December. Making sense of the wide range of global, national and local policies and initiatives can be daunting. The need to minimise emissions from the constr
 
Environmental Risks to Infrastructure
12/01/2016
Infrastructure in the UK is a complex and interdependent system with many challenges such as aging components and structures, increased demand and user expectations, increasing environmental risks and impact of climate change.
 
CIRIA industry briefing at Highways UK 2015
02/12/2015
Ruth Hynes reviews an industry briefing held at the Highways UK conference as part of a series of activities CIRIA is undertaking to better understand innovation needs and approaches.
 
A review of CIRIA's Urban Ecology and City Resilience event
13/11/2015
An overview of CIRIA's recent Urban Ecology and City Resilience event.
 
SuDS make sense
03/11/2015
Paul Shaffer, Associate at CIRIA looks forward to the launch of the new SuDS Manual (C753); discussing what has changed and future opportunities that may arise following the launch.
 
Putting environmental management at the heart of business decision making
20/10/2015
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment discusses environmental management at the heart of business decision making.
 
Dowling Review highlights gaps in academic-business collaborations
23/07/2015
The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations, released in July 2015, examined how Government can better support the development of effective collaborations between businesses and university researchers in the UK.