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.
What do we need in order to achieve Circular Economy in construction?
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
Francis Williams, Environmental Project Manager, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks on winning three BIG Biodiversity Awards
SuDS on linear assets
Jim Herbert, ABG Geosynthetics ltd, on introducing sustainable drainage practices to linear assets such as Highways and Railway.
An opportunity to shine
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
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
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
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
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
Goodbye and good luck from Doug Waters
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?
Neil Thompson of Atkins and Digital Build Britain suggests two approaches to help drive digital transformation.
Sustainable cities: Is there a future? A report from the audience
CIRIA competition winner and recent graduate Chloe McFarlane provides an overview of CIRIA’s recent annual debate on sustainable cities.
Leadership required to address the modern slavery challenge
Quintin Lake, Research Fellow, Hult International Business School discusses the need for leadership to tackle Modern Slavery in Construction...
Faster, leaner, greener construction through offsite manufacturing skills
Rob Francis, Director of Industrialised Solutions at Skanska UK discusses offsite manufacturing skills and the opportunity for the industry to become faster, leaner and greener.
Driving the Vision - a CIRIA synopsis
An overview and synopsis of key learning points from CIRIA's exclusive member event - 2025: Driving the Vision, by Owen Jenkins, Director, CIRIA.
The future of construction: progress towards Construction 2025
The joint government and industry strategy Construction 2025 launched in 2013, outlined a series of visions and targets for the construction industry in terms of lowering emissions and increasing value and efficiency...
Reducing carbon reduces costs – The Green Construction Board 3 year-on report
The Green construction Board launched their ‘Three Years On Report’ last week at Ecobuild, London with addresses and a panel Q&A with key members of the Green Construction Board and its subsidiary panels...
Smart management of infrastructure assets
In recent years there has been a step change increase in the volume and speed of infrastructure systems data generation...
Biodiversity at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Our recent biodiversity focused site tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park brought together a group of ecologists, engineers, contractors, consultants, academics, with plenty of enthusiasm...
Improving construction sites through environmental good practice
Philip Charles, CIRIA project manager, explains more about CIRIA’s ongoing work in providing site-based environmental good practice guidance for construction...
Collaborative working relationships in construction
CIRIA recently teamed up with European Construction Institute (ECI) held a seminar on 19 March 2014 which brought together industry leaders to discuss collaborative working methods...
Transport infrastructure drainage – not just a pipe!
A ground-breaking new publication, Transport infrastructure drainage: condition appraisal and remedial treatment (C714), offers CIRIA’s response to pressing industry issues and new guidance in this industry topic...
CIRIA’s biodiversity and green infrastructure site tour
CIRIA’s biodiversity interest group (BIG) organised a site tour on the 6th June around the King’s Cross development which is one of London’s largest development sites...
Initial outputs from roadmapping workshop for construction research & innovation in the transport...
On 17 April 2013, the National Platform for Construction, via the MBE KTN and Transport KTN, convened a workshop...
CIC present Government with Offsite Housing Review, Feb 2013
The final report of the Offsite Housing Review Group was presented to Government on 28 February...
Infrastructure systems: interdependencies & resilience
National infrastructure systems (energy, transport, water, waste and ICT) in advanced economies face serious challenges...