About Studies Allied to Built Environment Research

Find out more about SABER

About Studies Allied to Built Environment Research

About Studies Allied to Built Environment Research

Find out more about SABER


Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER) is a new research centre established in January 2015. It was formed to stimulate a research environment across a range of areas within construction and civil engineering.

Our research themes include:

  • materials used in highway engineering
  • hydraulic scour of river channels
  • geo-polymers
  • non-contact methods of measurement
  • procurement
  • civic ecology and life infrastructure

SABER aims to develop cutting-edge research and practice in multi-disciplinary areas both locally within Northern Ireland and internationally. We bring a practice based expertise to a range of complex issues that are common to our built environment. SABER supports a 'hands-on active research' model, engaging with institutions, industry, professional bodies, policy-makers and communities.

SABER seeks to:

  • Build a practical and theoretical understanding of multi-disciplinary relationships within our built environment.
  • Examine the role of international and domestic practice to facilitate a better built environment for all.
  • Develop links between Northern Ireland and international experience, so as to benefit both Northern Ireland and other contexts.
  • Inform policy makers involved in looking after the built environment.
  • Critically examine failings and provide solutions to current practice.