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The CIRIA network blog keeps you up to date with the latest news, events and opinion from CIRIA and the wider construction industry.
'Do one thing' for biodiversity for a healthier and more sustainable future
Jon Murcott, Breakthrough Community Enterprise/ Nationwide Forestry Solutions, and winner of the Maintenance and Management Award and Overall winner of the 2016 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards urges you to 'do one thing' for biodiversity...
Infrastructure interdependencies: Opportunities from complexity
In the lead up to CIRIA's Infrastructure interdependence in practice event on March 21, Dr Darren Grafius, explores how interdependency can be seen positively and exploited to build resilience and sustainability in today’s global infrastructure syste
Asbestos in soils: What does 2017 have in store?
Dr Richard Ogden (LQM) and Dr Paul Nathanail (LQM) discuss the latest initiatives and guidance relating to asbestos in soil and provide insight into what's in store for 2017.
Delivering low carbon infrastructure
Mark Edwards, Sustainability Advisor at the UK Green Building Council, sets out the different approaches to delivering low carbon infrastructure from across the infrastructure value chain.
Asset deterioration and degradation modelling of earthworks
Iain McKenzie, Principal Geotechnical Engineer from the Welsh Government, provides his own perspective on the challenges, needs, and opportunities associated with asset deegradation modelling of earthworks.
The future of cities matter
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
Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist at Balfour Beatty discusses the business case for Biodiversity Net Gain
Addressing the skills gap
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Michael Small, Project Manager at CIRIA, discusses the BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2016.
View from Peter Head - Adaptation without Mitigation is Immoral
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
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!
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
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
An overview and synopsis of key learning points from CIRIA's exclusive member event - 2025: Driving the Vision, by Owen Jenkins, Director, CIRIA.
Driving the Vision - a member synopsis
An overview and synopsis of key learning points from CIRIA's exclusive member event - 2025: Driving the Vision, by Dr Martina Girvan of Arcadis.
Fit out environmental good practice on site
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
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
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
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.