The BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards Sponsorship Opportunities 2021


Sponsorship opportunities


  • Raise your profile and brand exposure across a wide range of stakeholders covering both the supply and demand sides of the industry, including clients, contractors, consultants, as well as public sector champions, regulators, academia and Government. Sponsors benefit from significant supported promotion and additional opportunities through relevant CIRIA events, webinars, briefings and online content.

  • Demonstrate leadership and commitment to championing sustainability and the delivery of biodiversity within construction and the built environment.

  • Position your organisation at the forefront of good practice in sustainability and be recognised as an industry leader in biodiversity.

  • Meet your CSR and KPI objectives by supporting good practice and technical excellence across the construction industry to improve environmental and societal impacts of construction.

  • Help key personnel with professional development through peer to peer learning , demonstrating thought leadership and speaking opportunities.

  • Target a rapidly growing sector, including key decision makers and biodiversity leaders.

The BIG Biodiversity Challenge continues to be recognised as the number one industry initiative for delivering biodiversity within construction and the built environment. Since its launch in 2013, the challenge has grown considerably and attracts organisations from a wide range of stakeholder groups. In 2018, over 100+ entries were received across eight award with organisations demonstrating how their projects are helping to strengthen biodiversity across the UK. Category sponsorship of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards, gives your organisation unique brand exposure and access to a range of stakeholders working within construction and the built environment.

Past participants of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge include client organisations, consultants, contractors, regulators and academia such as – Aberystwyth University, ABG Geosynthetics, Aecom, Arc Consulting, Arup, Atkins, BAM Construction, Berkeley Group, British Gypsum, Brookfield Multiplex, BSG Ecology, Cemex, Costain, Crossrail, Environment Agency, Gatwick Airport, Interserve, Kier, Marks & Spencer, Ministry of Defence, Morgan Sindall, Murphy, Network Rail, Osborne, Skanska, Sir Robert McAlpine, The Crown Estate, Transport for London, Vinci, VolkerWessels UK, Waitrose and Willmott Dixon.



































Award category sponsorship of BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2021


Investment: £3k +VAT per award category


What’s on offer? 

Award category sponsorship gives exclusive partnership of one the nine categories of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge. This opportunity offers your organisation unique brand exposure, helping address specific challenges of implementing biodiversity fully within construction and the built environment. Award category sponsorship includes opportunities to contribute to CIRIA’s biodiversity programme development and industry briefings.


Award Categories

We still have opportunities to sponsor the following award categories: 


  • Habitat Creation: Project of the Year Award - small scale (<5ha) A small scale enhancement that will exist post the construction phase. Examples may include green roofs, green walls, rain gardens, hibernacula/habitat restoration and soft landscaping.

  • Habitat Creation: Project of the Year Award – medium-large scale  (>5ha) An enhancement that will leave a long term legacy with  positive impact on biodiversity after the construction  process. Examples may include parks, courtyards, tree and  wildflower planting or enhancements associated with  infrastructure projects (energy, transport and water), mixed-  use development or restoration of land previously used for  other purposes such as mineral extraction. Note this category will actively seek projects that go beyond  planning and /or statutory obligations .

  • Biodiversity legacy Award An enhancement that demonstrates a long term  commitment to improving biodiversity on-site. This may  include collation, collection and monitoring of data, the  introduction of enhancement management plans and  alternative approaches to maintenance schedules and  planting policies.

  • Construction phase Award An enhancement which takes place during the construction phase. Examples may include a green hording, temporary green wall or community engagement initiative.

  • Community Engagement Award An enhancement that demonstrates the importance of  engagement with local communities, workers on site and  others; raising awareness and championing the importance  of biodiversity to the general public and achieving life  learning and practical outcomes

  • Pollinator Award An enhancement which safeguards and supports  pollinators through the creation and/ or protection of  suitable habitat; that demonstrates the importance of  pollinators’ contributions to biodiversity; that raises  awareness of declines in the number, diversity and  geographical ranges of pollinators. This award is  inspired by DEFRA’s National Pollinator Strategy.

  • Innovation Award Successful, innovative and unusual enhancements, that  demonstrate application of bespoke products and  interventions, data collection, collation and sharing of  processes, as well as projects that demonstrate unusual  and alternative approaches to the normal. Interventions  that demonstrate effective enhancement of biodiversity  on construction projects with a lasting legacy that  supports continual learning and improvement will be  viewed most favourably.

Additional sponsorship packages: We have a limited number of bespoke packages to suit smaller budgets including the Awards Drinks Reception sponsorship, Awards Catering sponsorship and Awards programme brochure sponsor.
Benefits of the bespoke packages will vary depending on level of sponsorship.



Sponsorship Benefits: 

  • Complimentary tickets to launch event in December 2020.

  • Early acknowledgement and brand exposure at launch event and other related events during the lead up to the awards ceremony.

  • Opportunity to present your sponsored award at the  2021 ceremony and obtain promotional photos (taken professionally) of you presenting the award to the award winners.

  • Dedicated profile on the BIG Biodiversity Challenge website with a 150 word award sponsor entry about your organisation.

  • Inclusion in awards marketing campaign & follow up promotion, press releases, e-communications, website, events calendar, social media activities.

  • Use of BIG Biodiversity Challenge  sponsor logo for  your marketing materials.

  • 4 x complimentary tickets to attend the awards ceremony 2021.

  • Extensive brand profile at awards ceremony and follow up promotional activities.

  • Display opportunities at awards ceremony 2021.

  • Opportunity to host one event/site visit in the relevant biodiversity theme.

  • Social media exposure via Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs etc. throughout the awards campaign and follow up activities (see page 6 overleaf).

  • Acknowledgement in all awards related material for 2021.

  • Opportunities to contribute to the BIG Biodiversity website content including the development of biodiversity related reports, briefings and other online content.*

  • Digital coverage through main CIRIA website (average 63,000 page views per month).

*To be developed and agreed with CIRIA over course of sponsorship and in advance of publication of any promotional material.


Get in touch

To discuss any of the sponsorship options or other potential sponsorship options please email