BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards 2024 launch
Join this webinar to find out about CIRIA's BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards 2024 and explore some of the award-winning projects from 2023 that delivered the best examples of biodiversity enhancements in construction and the wider built environment.
Established in 2013, this year marks the 11th anniversary of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge which celebrates the contributions of the construction industry towards biodiversity. The challenge to ‘Do One Thing’ invites the sector 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 2023 winners as they provide an overview of their award-winning projects.
CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice
The BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards are led by CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice (CoP) which focuses on growing support for the implementation of Biodiversity Net Gain principles within our industry. CIRIA Biodiversity CoP fosters collaboration and knowledge transfer to assist the management of biodiversity across the transport, utilities, housing and development sectors. This network of academia, private and public entities provides thought leadership and key guidance resources for the built environment. For more information and to get involved, please contact Adrien Baudrimont.
CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice members
- BAM Nuttall
- Galliford Try
- Vertical Meadow
- Wildflower Turf
Who should attend
- Learn about the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity in construction.
- Get the inside track on some of the winning projects from last year's BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards.
- Gain inspiration to enter the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and achieve industry-wide recognition.
- Learn about CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice, its mission and objectives, membership benefits and upcoming events.
- Earn valuable CPD.
Architects, clients, consultants, contractors, developers, house builders, local authorities, planners and master planners, regulators, ecologists, landscape architects, and anyone with an interest in the environment and biodiversity.
Wednesday 28 February 2024
11:00 – 12:45
11:00 Welcome and introduction
Biodiversity Interest Group Community of Practice
Adrien Baudrimont, Research Manager, CIRIA
11:05 Introduction to the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards
11:15 Client Award Winner 2023
Bryony Harrison, Senior Biodiversity Project Manager, Severn Trent Water
Community Engagement Award Winner 2023
Grace Walker, Landscape Design Manager, Trees for Cities
Habitat Creation: Project of the Year (Large Scale) Award Winner 2023
Julian Arthur, Technical Director, Tyler Grange
Habitat Creation: Project of the Year (Medium Scale) Award Winner 2023
Harriet Webb, Technical Director - Ecology, Arcadis
Innovation Award Winner 2023
Keeley Atkinson, Head of Wilder People and Places, Kent Wildlife Trust
Biodiversity Champion (Established Professional) Award winner 2023
Melissa Ralph, Making Space for Nature Manager, Cormac Solutions
12:15 Interactive discussion and Q&A
12:30 Showcase your biodiversity achievements
Adrien Baudrimont, Research Manager, CIRIA
12:40 Closing remarks
CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members Free to attend
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