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The CIRIA network blog keeps you up to date with the latest news, events and opinion from CIRIA and the wider construction industry.
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
Resource efficiency will improve UK competitiveness
Professor Paul Ekins OBE, director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London suggests that improving resource efficiency in the current economic and political circumstances will improve the UK’s national competitivenes
A Call for Detailed Rock Slope Guidance
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.
A new CIRIA approach for learning and sharing information about site investigation
CIRIA’s Joanne Kwan shares some thoughts about a new forum for professionals to share and exchange information on site investigation.
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.
Is the future of Cities green?
Professor Steffen Lehmann on CIRIA’s forthcoming debate focused on the growing pressures on our cities, public spaces and infrastructural systems.
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...
The future of cities matter
Ruth Hynes, Project Manager at CIRIA, provides a summary of CIRIA's recent annual debate on the future of sustainable cities.
Biodiversity Net Gain is the next big thing
Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist at Balfour Beatty discusses the business case for Biodiversity Net Gain
Urban trees delivering sustainable water management
Kate Halahan, Trees for Cities blogs on urban trees delivering sustainable water management and the BIG Awards 2015.
View from Peter Head - Adaptation without Mitigation is Immoral
Peter Head CBE FREng FRSA, CEO Ecological Sequestration Trust blogs on the subject of CIRIA's annual debate - Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral.
CIRIA industry briefing at Highways UK 2015
Ruth Hynes reviews an industry briefing held at the Highways UK conference as part of a series of activities CIRIA is undertaking to better understand innovation needs and approaches.
Crossrail Farringdon station site visit
Construction of Crossrail’s new stations in central London and Docklands has now hit the halfway mark...
ICE – Delivering Infrastructure for Less: Effective design and procurement
Lee Kelly, CIRIA Assistant Project Manager, provides an overview of the ICE ‘Delivering Infrastructure for Less’ series...
The UK’s Infrastructure Innovation Landscape
The recent announcement of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) ‘smart tunnel’ installed with cutting edge sensing technologies...
Costain announced as headline sponsor for “Innovators of tomorrow’s infrastructure”
Costain, a leading engineering solutions provider has been announced as the headline for sponsor for the second of CIRIA’s premier events...
ICE Infrastructure Carbon Review Lecture 2014, UKGBC Embodied Carbon Week 2014
As part of the UKGBC Embodied Carbon Week #ebc2014, members of the CIRIA team attended the ICE Infrastructure Carbon Review Lecture 2014...
Call for participation - Defra survey
Defra’s Sustainable Development Statistics team is calling for feedback on the Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs), a set of cross-Government indicators relating to the economy, society and environment...
River weirs new guidance – construction, maintenance, modification and removal
River Weirs – Good Practice Guide was published in 2003, focusing largely on the construction and maintenance of weirs, although also removal...
Accessing knowledge for sustainable construction
On 4 June 2013 a joint CIRIA Network, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and IEMA, seminar was held in London...
Water sensitive urban design: a UK take on a concept from down under
Last year was said to be a ‘weird’ year of weather extremes, with water shortages in part of the UK in the spring and flooding in the rest of the year...
CIC publish report “Growth through BIM” authored by Richard G Saxon CBE
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has today published 'Growth through BIM' by Richard G Saxon CBE...