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 2021
CIRIA's latest research opportunities cover a range of topic areas and are available for you to download in document form or view by theme under the project/proposals section below. 


Projects underway

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 Project underway:
 Sustainable management of surplus soils and aggregates 

 This project will develop an interactive document  which will look at the site activity in question, contain useful information and highlight areas of common mistakes/confusion.
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 Project underway:
 Reinforced cast in-situ concrete

 Phase 2 of the project is underway and focuses on defects and errors associated with reinforced cast in-situ concrete.


Project proposals

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 Project proposal:
 Scoping the SuDS manual update (P3256)

 This proposal will produce a scoping report detailing which sections of The SuDS Manual (C753) should be updated, how it should be refocused and restructured, and what information should be included.
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 Project proposal:
 Eco-engineering: Greening coastal infrastructure (P3216)

 This project will investigate how to use eco-engineering on waterside infrastructure whilst maintaining   financial sustainability, particularly in coastal and riverside regions.