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BIG Biodiversity Challenge - Launch event

This event will launch the BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2017 and its annual awards which will be presented in September. The event will showcase the 2016 winners’ projects and demonstrate the impact and outcomes that can be achieved by the construction industry when they do one thing for biodiversity. 

Now in its 4th year, the Challenge celebrates biodiversity enhancements that have been initiated and carried out by the construction industry. In what is rapidly becoming an annual highlight in the construction industry’s calendar, the BIG Biodiversity Challenge invites those involved in planning, design and construction to add just one new biodiversity enhancement to a building site, development or existing structure. No matter how big or small, permanent or temporary your project, we seek creative and thoughtful interventions with the key purpose of enhancing biodiversity.

This launch event will showcase the 2016 award winners’ projects demonstrating the impact and outcomes that can be achieved by the construction industry when they Do One Thing for biodiversity. We will celebrate and illustrate how small interventions can lead to BIG outcomes and we take pleasure in sharing the experience of last year’s winners who will all demonstrate how this was successfully achieved and advanced in 2016.

If you are interested in sponsoring or taking the BIG Biodiversity Challenge this year and would like to understand the benefits of getting involved, what this entails for your organisation, examples of good practice, and the qualities needed to be a winner, then this is the event for you. 

Speakers will be available for Q&A at the end of the event.

Find out more about the BIG Challenge. 

Why attend? 
Delegates at this event will:
  • gain an understanding of how the construction industry can support interventions that promote biodiversity
  • hear case studies that demonstrate how one thing can lead to larger and more widespread interest and understanding of issues relating to biodiversity in the construction industry
  • have an opportunity to understand the process of taking the BIG Biodiversity Challenge as well as how to enter this year’s awards 
  • learn what is needed to sign up to the Challenge and hear what it takes to be a winner in the BIG Biodiversity Challenge awards
  • gain CPD towards your professional development.
14:00 Registration 

14.30 CIRIA Welcome and Introduction
Suzanne Simmons, Project Manager, CIRIA

14:35 Chair’s Opening
Cliff Smith, Business Improvement Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine 

14:45 Client Award Winner 2016
Rachel Bicker, Biodiversity Manager, Gatwick Airport

15.00 Community Engagement Award Winner 2016
Vicki Mordue and John Thompson, EcoNorth 

15.15 Small Scale Permanent Award Winner 2016
Ian Boyd and Nigel George, Artecology 

15.30 Pollinator Award Winner 2016
Olivia Allen, Sustainability Manager, Berkeley Group 

15.45 Overall Winner and Maintenance and Management Award Winner 2016
Jon Murcott, Nationwide Forestry Solutions 

16.05 Chair’s summary 

16.10 Q&A

16.45 Chair Close 

16.50 Networking drinks reception 

Who should attend? 
Clients, developers, landowners, land managers, ecologists, engineers, architects, landscape architects, local authorities, planners, designers, site owners/workers, construction professionals, sustainability managers 

28 February 2017 
14.00 - 16.45 (Followed by a networking drinks reception) 

CIRIA, Griffin Court, 15 Long Ln, London EC1A 9PN


Free to CIRIA members 

To register your interest in this event please contact Patrick Williams on 020 7549 3300 or email [email protected]


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