CIRIA network blog

Bringing industry leaders and experts together, the CIRIA network offers an engaging platform for cross sector collaboration and discussion, and aims to strengthen links between research, innovation and practice.

The CIRIA network blog keeps you up to date with the latest news, events and opinion from CIRIA and the wider construction industry.
CoP – Risk management of contracts works water damage summary
Dirk Vennix, CEO, CIRIA provides a summary of the community of practice event focusing on water damage during contract work.
Cleaning up the construction industry: a supplier’s perspective
Chris Harrop OBE, Group Sustainability Director for Marshalls plc, discusses his sustainability journey and some of the obstacles Marshalls faces as the construction industry scrambles to clean up its act.
Heathrow Biodiversity Legacy Award winner Princes Lakes
James Webster, Director of Ecology (EHM Ltd) provides an update on the 2019 award winning project.
Climate change and remediation – changes afoot?
Joanne Kwan (CIRIA), Claire Dickinson (Geo-Environmental Matters) & Paul Nathanail (GHD) highlight key results of the climate and contaminated land survey and the challenges to contaminated land caused by climate change impact.
Why Doing One Thing for Biodiversity Adds Up
Claire Hector – Arc Biodiversity & Climate, Isle of Wight discusses success at the BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards.
The new age of construction: technology as an enabler
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director, Transforming Construction at UKRI provides an overview and key outcomes from CIRIA’s recent conference held on 10 March 2021.
CoP – The challenges of professional indemnity insurance summary
Dirk Vennix, CEO, CIRIA provides a summary of the community of practice event focusing on the challenges of PII.
New opportunities in China's land remediation market for UK professionals
Joanne Kwan, Project Manager, CIRIA highlights the opportunities for contaminated land specialists to operate in the Chinese land remediation market.
15 years of CIRIA SuDS training
Steve Wilson, Technical Director The Environmental Protection Group Ltd and CIRIA trainer discusses the evolution of SuDS good practice
How the digital revolution can support Net Zero Carbon
Stephen Boyle, Strategic Programme Manager of the Built Environment at Zero Waste Scotland explores the digital investments the construction sector needs to make to achieve Scotland’s ambitious Net Zero Carbon targets.
Community of Practice – Managing construction risk (MCR) round up
CIRIA had a soft launch for a new Community of Practice (CoP) focused on managing risk in construction.
Grouted anchors and soil nails: all you need to know
John O’Donovan, GDG Principal Engineer and co-author of CIRIA guide C794 outlines the importance of grouted anchors and soil nails to our infrastructure.
Importance of good screen design
Dr Amanda Kitchen, Consultant Principal Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald and co-author of the C786 guidance outlines the importance of screen design
Investing in blue-green infrastructure – the time is now
Peter Massini, Lead – Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority discusses why a greener urban environment is essential for growing cities.
Integration of green, blue and electricity
Howard Gray, Urban tree enthusiast GreenBlue Urban discusses how can we make our open spaces more multifunctional?
Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure: Moving From Persuasion to Acceptance
Allister Scott, Professor of Environmental Geography, Northumbria University and Chair, Building with Nature Standards Board discusses blue green infrastructure implementation.
Latest changes to BS 6164 diesel emissions monitoring
Wayne Hose, Pinssar Global Business Development Manager outlines the latest changes to BS 6164 diesel emissions monitoring in tunneling and the benefits of diesel particulate monitoring technology in the construction sector.
Is it ok to design screens for manual cleaning
Dr Amanda Kitchen, Consultant Principal Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald and co-author of the CIRIA C786 Manual discusses if it's ok to design screens for manual cleaning?
Working with wildlife at every stage of your development
Dr Rachel Saunders, Principal Ecologist, The Ecology Consultancy discusses the newly revised Working with Wildlife training from CIRIA
Screens – do we still need them?
Jeremy Benn, Director, JBA Consulting and co-author of Culvert, Screen and Outfall Manual (C786) discusses the role of Screens
Urban trees delivering sustainable water management
Kate Halahan, Trees for Cities blogs on urban trees delivering sustainable water management and the BIG Awards 2015.
Delivering for communities through a BIG partnership
Helen Spring, Project Coordinator of the Lost Effra Project, London Wildlife Trust discusses winning the BIG Challenge and delivering for communities.
Asset deterioration and degradation modelling of earthworks
Iain McKenzie, Principal Geotechnical Engineer from the Welsh Government, provides his own perspective on the challenges, needs, and opportunities associated with asset deegradation modelling of earthworks.
New online learning for dealing with Non-licensed work for Asbestos in soil
Joanne Kwan, CIRIA project manager provides an overview of the new online learning course.
The value of monitoring in our lives
Peter Sparkes, AECOM Associate director and co-author of CIRIA guide C788 outlines the value of monitoring in our lives.