Research Centres

Our Built Environment Research Institute conducts internationally excellent and world-leading research across five research centres reflecting diversity across the discipline area.

Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)

Centre for Sustainable Technologies

Addressing core issues in relation to renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings.

Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)


Researching how fires develop, how structures respond to fires and how people react.

Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER)

Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research

Carrying out fundamental and industry driven research in the area of safety science and engineering, primarily hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Research on Property and Planning (RPP)

Research on Property and Planning

Researching real estate markets, housing, planning, regeneration and sustainability in urban environments.

Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)

Studies Allied to Built Environment Research

Seeking to stimulate the research environment across the construction and civil engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

We are delighted with our success in REF 2014 as 100% of our impact and research was judged by an international panel to be world-leading and internationally excellent. We are rated 6th in the UK power rankings.

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Our Research

About Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Research


Our research is concerned with delivery that enhances the quality of the built environment and addresses the changing needs of society.

Contact for more on Built Environment Research


We would be pleased to discuss any aspect of our research work in the Built Environment and respond to any queries from potential doctoral students.

Built Environment Research Institute annual report

Annual report

Check out our annual report to find out what we have been achieving in the past year.

Built Environment Research Institute impact


Look at the impact our research has had on society, addressing major challenges.

Built Environment Research Institute staff


Meet the staff, PhD students, visiting professors and researchers involved in our research.

PhD Opportunities

PhD Opportunities  

Funded and Self-funded PhD Opportunities within Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Research.

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Following the clear imperative in the latest government advice to avoid all non-essential contact with others and avoid unnecessary travel, the decision has been made to suspend all teaching and social activities on campus and to close all libraries, sports facilities, theatres, catering facilities and cancel events.

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