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.
Using unmanned aerial vehicles for asset management
08/07/2019
Alison Matthews, Environment Agency, discusses the use of drone technology and provides and overview of the new CIRIA guide
 
How the rise of electronic recycling is contributing to a circular economy
28/06/2019
Stewart McGrenary, Managing Director, Phonesmart Ltd | plunc.com, on the need to increase the amount of time portable electronics spend in the system.
 
Grosvenor plans to hit net zero emissions
04/06/2019
Emily Hamilton, Senior Sustainability Manager, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland explains why addressing climate change and meeting the company’s new environmental goals requires joined up thinking and actions.
 
Berkeley Group’s Approach to Net Biodiversity Gain
23/05/2019
Laura Boccadamo, Group Sustainability Manager, Berkeley Group discusses the importance of Net Biodiversity Gain as highlighted in their 2018 Award winning project.
 
Multiplex’s journey towards setting a Science Based Target
01/05/2019
Pavan Juttla, Sustainability Manager at Multiplex Construction Europe on Multiplex's goal of becoming Net Carbon Positive.
 
Working with Wildlife - new free to download app
05/03/2019
John Newton, Founder of and Strategic Advisor for The Ecology Consultancy describes CIRIA's first mobile app Working With Wildlife.
 
A19 Roadside Improvement
23/01/2019
Richard Stelling, Sir Robert McAlpine, on winning a 2018 BIG Biodiversity Award and his wildflower epiphany.
 
A review of the CIRIA Network in 2018
20/12/2018
William Gates, CIRIA Network Manager, reviews the 2018 events and content programme and discusses plans for the year ahead.
 
What do we need in order to achieve Circular Economy in construction?
12/10/2018
Former CIRIA Environment Project Manager and sustainability consultant Kimberley Lasi on what we must address as an industry in order to effectively implement circular economy principles.
 
A huge win for Thurso South project
20/09/2018
Francis Williams, Environmental Project Manager, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks on winning three BIG Biodiversity Awards
 
SuDS on linear assets
16/08/2018
Jim Herbert, ABG Geosynthetics ltd, on introducing sustainable drainage practices to linear assets such as Highways and Railway.
 
An opportunity to shine
07/08/2018
Tom Butterworth, Technical Director, Biodiversity, WSP and member of the 2018 BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards judging panel, explains the importance of the Challenge and gives praise to development projects and their site personnel.
 
The urban regeneration of existing cities
20/07/2018
William Gates, CIRIA Network Manager, discusses some of the 21st Century challenges in regenerating our existing cities by balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion.
 
Royal IHC and the world of marine aggregate dredging
14/06/2018
Ahead of the 2018 Marine, Sand & Gravel Group Conference 'Beyond the horizon' meet one of the conference supporters Royal IHC.
 
Regenerating the UK’s post-industrial cities
08/05/2018
Professor Steffen Lehmann suggests optimistic, high-level guiding strategies as principles of good urbanism are needed as the basis for any urban regeneration project.
 
Infrastructure interdependencies: Opportunities from complexity
01/05/2018
In the lead up to CIRIA's Infrastructure interdependence in practice event on March 21, Dr Darren Grafius, explores how interdependency can be seen positively and exploited to build resilience and sustainability in today’s global infrastructure syste
 
A Call for Detailed Rock Slope Guidance
06/03/2018
Adrian Koe and Thomas Clifford, Atkins, suggest guidance for rock netting is not keeping pace with technology and new best practice developments. They suggest this should be a future priority area for CIRIA research.
 
Goodbye and good luck from Doug Waters
06/11/2017
Doug Waters, the outgoing Chairman of CIRIA’s member council, reflects on some of the success and challenges of his four year tenure.
 
Is digitisation of the construction industry such a big challenge?
07/08/2017
Neil Thompson of Atkins and Digital Build Britain suggests two approaches to help drive digital transformation.
 
Leadership required to address the modern slavery challenge
25/10/2016
Quintin Lake, Research Fellow, Hult International Business School discusses the need for leadership to tackle Modern Slavery in Construction...
 
CIC 2050 Group national survey results
04/11/2014
What inspires you to work in the construction industry? What does the future of construction look like to you? What are the challenges and opportunities facing the future of our industry?
 
ICE – Delivering Infrastructure for Less: Effective design and procurement
24/07/2014
Lee Kelly, CIRIA Assistant Project Manager, provides an overview of the ICE ‘Delivering Infrastructure for Less’ series...
 
Infrastructure is the best gift that we can give to society
23/06/2014
On 19 June, CIRIA hosted an event at the Barbican entitled “Innovators of tomorrow’s infrastructure”...
 
The UK’s Infrastructure Innovation Landscape
12/06/2014
The recent announcement of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) ‘smart tunnel’ installed with cutting edge sensing technologies...
 
Accessing knowledge for sustainable construction
04/06/2013
On 4 June 2013 a joint CIRIA Network, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and IEMA, seminar was held in London...