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“Comment The joint government and industry vision, looking ahead to 2025, was outlined in the Industrial Strategy for Construction announced on 2 July 2013 by Peter Hansford, Government Chief Construction Advisor. The Strategy identifies the key industry drivers and highlights the importance of infrastructure investment in creating jobs and contributing to UK economic growth. Nowhere is this more evident than in the development of the DPWorld London Gateway Port in Essex. The cover story in this issue (p2-7) looks at the development of the site – the UK’s largest privately-funded infrastructure project encompassing a new combined container port and logistics centre in the Thames Estuary. The design of the site is making waves as Europe's most innovative and sustainable multi-modal transport hub. In the past 10 years thousands of new jobs have been created at the site and according to a study by Oxford Economics, once fully operational, London Gateway Port will create 36 000 jobs and contribute £3.2bn to UK GDP annually. CIRIA has a long history of working in the infrastructure sector and it continues to support investment and delivery in this important area. An increased range of infrastructure-focused activities are planned for 2014, including new client group workshops that aim to support business development and delivery. On p12, Ben Kidd, CIRIA Network Manager, discusses the 2014 programme of infrastructure-themed activities covering emerging ‘hot topics’ for the industry including ‘big data’, BIM and opportunities for improved construction process through collaborative working, embracing innovation and early contractor involvement in procurement. A discussion on the assessment of the likelihood of scour risk on bridges is provided on p16-19. While scour is not a new phenomenon the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, partly a consequence of climate change has led to a number of bridge failures in the UK and Europe. CIRIA is embarking on a project to prepare new guidance to support industry practice. Alternative remediation approaches for brownfield sites is discussed on p20-13 by Professor Andrew Cundy, University of Brighton. Andrew examines the concept of ‘gentle’ remediation options that have particular usefulness for maintaining biologically productive soils. On p24-27 Louise Clarke, CIRIA Project Manager, provides an overview of the challenges of biodiversity highlighting the work of CIRIA’s Biodiversity Interest Group (BIG) and the recently launched ‘BIG Challenge’. The article concludes that if the built environment is to be more resilient to climate change then biodiversity needs to be integrated into projects and business plans. Lastly on p6-9 CIRIA renowned SuDS trainers share their thoughts about the forthcoming National Standards for Sustainable Drainage and how industry can prepare. Forecasted growth in construction output is directly linked to new and ongoing publiclyfunded “infrastructure projects (notably Crossrail and HS2) as well as major privatelyfunded capital projects in the utilities sectors. In addition, with ‘collaborative working’ emerging as the new mantra, CIRIA is well placed to build on its reputation and skills as an independent facilitator to help bridge the gap between policy and practice, and help tackle the difficult challenges set out in the Industrial Strategy 2025 vision. I trust you will find the articles in this issue of Evolution of interest and on behalf of all at CIRIA I offer our best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Bill Healy Chief Executive


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