The BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards launch 2017

Now in its 4th year, the BIG Biodiversity Challenge celebrates biodiversity enhancements that have been initiated and carried out by the construction industry. In what is rapidly becoming an annual highlight in the construction industry’s calendar, the BIG Biodiversity Challenge invites those involved in planning, design and construction to 'Do One Thing' by adding just one new biodiversity enhancement to a building site, development or existing structure. 

On Tuesday 28 February CIRIA launched the 2017 BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards with an event held at their offices in London. This event showcased some of the winning projects from the 2016 awards and provided an insight into what to expect this year. This event was chaired by Cliff Smith, Business Improvement Manager at Sir Robert McAlpine. (CIRIA members and BIG Biodiversity Champion award sponsors of the 2017 awards) 

Speaker presentations 

Artecology and Maxted Close
(Adobe PDF File)

Key dates 

  • 28 February 2017
    BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2017 opens 
  • 12 June 2017
    Deadline for case study submissions to the 2017 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards
  • July 2017
    Judging and shortlist announced 
  • 14 September 2017
    BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards ceremony 

Get Involved 

1. Sign up to the Challenge 

The BIG Biodiversity Challenge to 'do one thing' invites you to add one new biodiversity enhancement to your construction site, development or existing building. Sign up to the Challenge to make your commitment to do ‘Do One Thing’ for biodiversity. 

2. Enter the Awards 

Once you have signed up and completed your enhancement you can fill in a case study submission form to be entered into our 2017 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards. You can also then submit a separate form to nominate your BIG Biodiversity Champion. 

3. Sponsors the Awards 

This year there are 9 Award categories including the new award to be announced this Tuesday. To discuss sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Big Biodiversity Challenge Awards please contact Nipa Patel  or on 020 7549 3300. 

4. Join the conversation 

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The 2017 BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards is now open. Sign up and enter the awards by visiting