BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards 2021 launch

This webinar will introduce the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards 2021 and showcase some of the award-winning projects from 2019 that delivered the best examples of biodiversity enhancements in construction and the wider built environment.

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The BIG Biodiversity Challenge celebrates the contributions of the construction industry towards biodiversity. The challenge to 'Do One Thing' invites the industry to add at least one new biodiversity enhancement – big or small – to a building site, development or existing structure.

Join us for the launch of this year's challenge as we demonstrate how the construction industry is rising to the challenge of doing one thing. Hear first-hand from some of our 2019 winners as they provide an overview of their award-winning projects. Entries for the 2021 BIG Biodiversity Challenge will open in March.

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Why attend


  • Learn about the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity in construction
  • Get the inside track on winning projects from some of the 2019 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards winners
  • Gain inspiration to enter the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and achieve industry-wide recognition

Who should attend

Architects, clients, consultants, contractors, developers, house builders, local authorities, regulators, ecologists, landscape architects and anyone with an interest in the environment and biodiversity.

Tuesday 23 February 2021
14:00 - 15:45

14:00 Welcome and introduction
Jo Gilroy, Group Head of Sustainability & Environment, Kier Group
Dirk Vennix, CEO, CIRIA

14:10 Introduction to the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards
Dr Martina Girvan, Technical Director, Head of Ecology and Arboriculture
CoP Lead – Natural Capital, Arcadis

14:20 Innovation Award Winner 2019: Runswick Bay Ecological Enhancement & Coastal
Defence Scheme, Bournemouth University for Scarborough Borough Council
Dr Alice Hall, Post-doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Science and Technology,
Bournemouth University

14:35 Project of the Year – small scale Award Winner 2019: White Lion
Nature Reserve
Nicola Johansen, Group Sustainability Manager, Redrow Homes

14:50 Biodiversity Legacy Award Winner 2019: Princes Lakes
Michael Murphy, Technical Services – Environment, Heathrow Airport and
James Webster, Director, Ecology and Habitat Management (EHM)

15:05 Client Award Winner 2019: Caithness Moray HVDC Biodiversity
Tim Buist, Consents and Environment Manager,
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

15:20 Interactive discussion and Q&A

15:40 Closing remarks

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