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Unearthing the value of soil through collaboration

This CIRIA conference will explore recent concerns that practitioners have in dealing soil as a waste and a resource. It will also discuss how different stakeholders can work together successfully and help the industry to achieve the UK government’s sustainable soil management target by 2030.

Soil is a valuable resource that delivers a number of functions to support life on earth. It plays an important role in biodiversity enhancement, nature recovery and climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, ‘surplus’ soil which is generated in most construction projects is often considered to be a by-product of construction activities and is a ‘waste’.

In order for UK to meet the government’s target to achieve sustainable soil management by 2030, the way that soil is managed needs to meet many geotechnical, geoenvironmental, ecological, soil science, soil health, economic and social requirements. It is difficult to achieve this if clients, consultants, contractors, and soil scientists work in silos given the complexities involved.

Collaboration is vital to achieve sustainable soil management. This conference will explore what this means to the professionals involved. The event will discuss the concerns of different stakeholders when considering soil as a waste and a growing medium in SuDS. It will also explain how stakeholders could work together successfully to ensure soil management can meet financial objectives as well as deliver ecological system services in different sizes of construction projects.

The conference will also include a site visit of the award-winning Bloc smart roof. This will enable the delegates to understand strategic drivers and the importance of collaboration, retrofit as well as the interplay between drainage, soil and biodiversity, passive irrigation, and climate resilience planning.

Register now while limited places are still available!

Special offer
All attendees will qualify for a 20% discount off Sustainable management of surplus soil and aggregates from construction (C809) for a limited period. The promotional code will be communicated with the joining instructions pre-event.

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Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.

Why attend
  • To understand how to manage soil better with changing climate.
  • Discuss practitioners' concerns about sustainable soil management.
  • Discover how a local project in Liverpool has used soil successfully according to circular economy principles, is enhancing biodiversity and creating an environment for the local community to enjoy.
  • Look at how soil supports water management (eg SuDS) and combats climate change.
  • Visit Bloc's award-winning smart roof and understand why the right soil is so important on green roofs.
  • Network with specialists.
  • Earn valuable CPD.
Who should attend
Clients and developers, consultants, contractors, SuDS specialists, regulators, local authorities, and academics.

Wednesday 10 July 2024
09:30 – 16:30

09:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome and introduction
Cecilia MacLeod, CHief Scientific Officer, RSK
10:15 Sustainable Soils - Opportunities through Development
Marc Perry, Principal Geo-Environmental Engineer, RSK
10:35 A contractor’s perspective on soil management on construction sites
Speaker to be announced
10:55 Soil management - a client's perspective
Patrick Norwood, Project Manager, St Modwen Homes
11:15 Interactive discussion and Q&A
11:40 Overview of the site visit to the award-winning Bloc smart roof
Charlotte Markey, Green Urbanisation Innovation Manager, Polypipe
11:55 Site visit and networking lunch
14:00 The importance of good practice
Joanne Kwan, Senior Research Manager, CIRIA
14:30 Soil and communities of interest, nature and landscape, a Liverpool journey
Richard Scott, Director, National Wildflower Centre, Eden Project and
Member, CIEEM Ecological Restoration and Habitat Creation (ERHC)
Special Interest Group

15:00 The right soil for the right SuDS
Sue Illman, Managing Director, Illman Young
15:30 Closing remarks and networking drinks

17 Marble Street
M2 3AW

Early bird
Until 24 May 2024
From 25 May 2024
CIRIA members £190 + VAT £250 + VAT
LACL members One free place*
Additional places £190 + VAT
£250 + VAT
BRMF members One free place*
Additional places £290 + VAT
£360 + VAT
Non-members £290 + VAT £360 + VAT

*Complete and return the booking form to Charlotte Draper.

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Telephone: 07933 181 765
Email: [email protected]
7/10/2024 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Bloc 17 Marble Street MANCHESTER M2 3AW

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