CIRIA research


Working with our members and the wider industry, we have delivered over 1,000 collaborative projects, providing authoritative guidance and helping to solve common industry challenges. Our varied programme of research projects encourage industry collaboration and help improve the quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness and safety of the modern built environment.

Research topics are identified and prioritised by our members and industry practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds. These projects are steered and their results approved by leading industry specialists.

Read quotes from industry practitioners who have been involved in CIRIA's collaborative projects.

CIRIA's collaborative project programme 2016/17
CIRIA's lastest research opportunities cover a range of topic areas and are available for you to download in document form here as well as being laid out by theme under the project proposals section below. 


Projects underway

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 Project underway:
 Update to Embedded Retaining Walls 
 Since 2003 there have been significant  advances in many areas of design,  application and construction techniques  notwithstanding the introduction of  Eurocodes into UK work practice.
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Project underway:
Update of SuDS construction guidance
With SuDS becoming more common place and the diversity of schemes and applications growing, it is now timely to update and repackage guidance on SuDS construction.

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Project proposals

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Project proposal:
Minimising risk through responsible sourcing
This project, delivered in partnership with APRES (Action Programme on Responsible Sourcing) will develop practical guidance to assist the procurement of key materials for construction projects.

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Project proposal:
Infrastructure data – signposting of good practice in capture, management and analysis

This new initiative will signpost emerging good practice in the capture, management and analysis of construction and other related data.
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