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Horizon Group

The Horizon Group is a unique collaboration between industry and academia. The purpose of the group is to develop a research-led community of practice which can facilitate school content that is better informed by research. The group’s vision is of a supply chain with greater capability to deliver a sustainable built environment through the development and implementation of collaborative research.

The group is chaired by Professor  Laura Spence Professor of Business Ethics Royal Holloway, University of London. Gareth Rondel Head of Group Corporate Responsibility at Kier is the deputy chair. It is facilitated by Cathy Berry, a Senior Consultant with Action Sustainability.

The group is supported by a wide range of partners and supports a growing number of projects.

Please click here to view the previous meeting minutes from the Horizon Group.

For more information about the group or to discuss opportunities to join, please contact Cathy Berry at

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Circular Economy Metrics

Measuring progress towards a circular economy is an area that was recognised as requiring more attention. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Granta Design have looked at the circularity of materials in businesses and developed a circularity index. A 2017 Horizon Group research project funded by United Utilities has built upon this work and created a construction focused measurement tool together with associated guidance, training and case studies to demonstrate how users can assess and promote more circular construction products.  Please click here to view the metrics tool, case study examples and guidance tool.