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.
Delivering Green Infrastructure for Growth - Places for people and wildlife
Zoe Hilditch, Technical Support Officer, Cormac Solutions Ltd, discusses Green Infrastructure for Growth (GI4G) - a project that has led the way in Environmental Net Gain and worked with local communities to re-think areas of urban green space.
Has the DfMA revolution begun?
Neil Parkinson discusses the Design for Manufacture Assembly revolution
Wessex Archaeology celebrates 40 years
Wessex Archaeology marks 40 years.
CIRIA debate report - Circularity in the built environment: an impossible dream?
A summary of the key points raised during CIRIA’s 2019 annual debate examining a circular future for the built environment
Using unmanned aerial vehicles for asset management
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
Stewart McGrenary, Managing Director, Phonesmart Ltd |, on the need to increase the amount of time portable electronics spend in the system.
Grosvenor plans to hit net zero emissions
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
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
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
John Newton, Founder of and Strategic Advisor for The Ecology Consultancy describes CIRIA's first mobile app Working With Wildlife.
A19 Roadside Improvement
Richard Stelling, Sir Robert McAlpine, on winning a 2018 BIG Biodiversity Award and his wildflower epiphany.
A review of the CIRIA Network in 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?
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.
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...
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...
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...