Centre for the Integrated Delivery of the Built Environment (IDoBE)

Bringing together experts with the specialist skills and competences to develop research that offers high impact, sustainable solutions to society’sbiggest challenges

LSBU's Centre for the Integrated Delivery of the Built Environment (IDoBE) evolved from two research centres - Construction Management, Economics & Integrated Delivery (CEMID) and Centre for Sustainability and Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (SaRIC). IDoBE is led by academics with expertise in construction, property, surveying, energy, sustainability, and development within the School of the Built Environment and Architecture. The Centre’s research builds on the School’s flagship courses in construction project management and economics, quantity surveying, building surveying, real estate, and architectural technology. The Centre’s diverse membership has a commitment to innovation and improvements in construction through improved business processes, and the greater use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for integrated delivery of sustainable build assets.

The Centre focuses on key research themes to address productivity,  construction waste, and sustainability in the built and national environments, using knowledge, innovation and digital transformation to improve cost certainty and predictability of construction projects and to address leaderships challenges and skills gap to deliver 21st century liveable buildings and sustainable communities .

The Centre’s approach is to leverage knowledge from multidisciplinary partners to support the delivery of high impact and sustainable solutions to the biggest challenges facing the built environment.

Investigated topics

  • Big data analytics for process improvement
  • Building information modelling
  • Carbon finance to mitigate climate change
  • Circular economy
  • Construction Management
  • Disaster and Urban Resilience
  • Health and sustainable buildings
  • Housing
  • Integrate models such as joint venture and public private partnerships
  • Leadership, ethics and professionalism in the built environment industries
  • Life cycle and carbon cost planning
  • Management and integrate of data for the built environment
  • Market structure and growth strategies
  • Mental health, equality, gender, diversity, welfare and modern slavery
  • Project financing models (e.g. public private partnerships)
  • Real estate, international property investment, and strategic asset management
  • Resource Efficiency, Energy and Building Performance
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Risk Management
  • Smart and intelligent cities
  • Sustainable community development
  • Sustainable Built and Natural Environment
  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructural development
  • Sustainable Urban Retrofitting
  • Smart Cities and Communities
  • Waste management
  • Wellbeing and the Built Environment

Current projects

Harmonization of Construction Health and Safety Practices in the Southern African Development Community

The research is carried out in collaboration with Mangosuthu University of Technology - KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa to address an urgent need to strengthen standards of construction health and safety practices in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The research funded through Newton Advanced Fellowships focuses on developing a framework for improving health and safety practices to promote a non-hazardous work environment and to reduce the burden of occupational injuries and fatalities in SADC. If you would like to enquire about our research projects, Please contact Professor Obas John Ebohon ebohono@lsbu.ac.uk

Circular Cementitious Products Embedding Digital Manufacturing. Funded by Innovate UK, Foundation Industries Lab to Lab India Collaboration.

Aiming to enhance the circularity and sustainability in India and UK, this new collaborative project led by LSBU utilises local waste sources, including recycle concrete aggregates, and plastic wastes, and other recycled sources for a digital-driven circular use in cementitious materials (i.e., pavement blocks). Besides a comprehensive circular use of different sustainable sources, a further innovation of this project is to develop the blocks with the novel modular interlocking mechanism with significant saving of cement, and for fast and cheap building and infrastructure construction. Please contact Olubisi Ige igeo4@lsbu.ac.uk for further details on this project.

Urban Migration For Good -from Forced Displacement to a Good City, the Case of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Funded under the British Academy’s interdisciplinary programme to explore ‘what makes a good city’, this project examines concepts of a ‘good city’ in a least-developed country and context of urban crises, an extreme case in which to explore ‘good city’ visions. By addressing a crisis, the research contributes knowledge to improve the lives of the most impoverished urban dwellers, with widespread replicability. Please contact Associate Professor Edmundo De Werna-Magalhaes dewernae@lsbu.ac.uk for more details on this project.

Integrated Built Environment Teaching & Learning in the Joint Curriculum Development amid Digital-Driven Industry 4.0 among China, Vietnam, and UK

The paradigm shift towards digitalisation, is recognized as a key to enhance the productivity, safety, and sustainability of the global architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Aiming to address the gap between university education and industrial demands, this UK-China-Vietnam Education partnership will boost the education towards digitalisation by connecting students with academic staff and professionals from the three countries. This project is funded as part of the Going Global Partnership: UK-China-ASEAN, Education Partnership Initiative funded by the British CouncilPlease contact Associate Professor Ruoyu Jin jinr@lsbu.ac.uk for further details on this project.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

BIM is an approach to managing and planning every aspect of design and operation in the construction process in a better, more efficient way to improve the basis upon which the construction industry and its clients operate. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector.

Other facilities

  • Lighting Laboratory
  • Building Information Modelling Lab
  • Building Services Laboratory
  • Design and Soft Modelling Lab
  • Rapid Prototyping Technology Lab
  • Virtual Engineering Suite

The Centre also has access to other general engineering facilities within the University, including the Engineering and Welding Workshops, the Machine Shop, the Modelling Workshop, the Virtual Engineering Suite, plus many other design and soft facilities.

IDoBE SDG Concerns

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For any enquiries about IDoBE, please contact Prof. Obas John Ebohon.

Staff directory

To view the full staff Centre for the Integrated Delivery of the Built Environment (IDoBE) list

Postgraduate Research Students & Topics


Ahmed Daoud

Research Topic: Materials Procurement: Conceptual Framework for Minimising Waste in Egyptian Construction Industry


Adnan Ali

Research Topic: Cultural Built Heritage and Sustainable Urban Regeneration: a case study of Walled city of Lahore.


Ganiyu Sikiru

Research Topic: A Bim-knowledge (BIM-K) Framework for Improved Decision-Making in Building Construction Projects


Elizabeth Whelan

Research Topic: Are ethical predisposition and governance critical success factors in English National Health Service construction projects?


Itua Omokhomion

Research Topic: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) Corporate Governance and Investment Decision-Making in United Kingdom, South Africa and Nigeria


Lucy Ogbenjuwa

Research Topic: Securing real estate project development finance in developed and emerging economies


Mehdi Shahparvari

Research Topic: Minimisation of rework in housing supply chain


Nuha Eltinay

Research Topic: Building Urban Resilience in the MENA Region ‘The context of Climate Change, Conflict and Displacement.


Saam Kaviani

Research Topic: An evolutionary design process of Building skins with Embedded Biomimicry Principles: Adaptation of building Skins to Excessive Solar Radiation


Upeksha Madanayake

Research Topic: A Strategic approach to exploiting building information modelling (BIM) Big data analytics (BDA), and Internet of thing (IoT) for competitive advantage in the construction industry.


Uzonna Onyia

Research Topic: Improving the supervisory and managerial skills and competences required in construction management in Nigeria


Waheed Oseni

Research Topic: Development of Appropriate Facilities Management in a Developing Economy: Case Studies of Large Public Hospitals in Nigeria


Yamen Bakhaty

Research Topic: Framework for Adopting Modern Methods of Construction in Low-income Housing Projects in Egypt


Youmna Abdeldayem

Research Topic: Lighting in Museums


Weluche Ajaefobi

Research Topic: Improving the Attainment Gap of Black and Ethnic Minority Students in the Built Environment Courses in UK Higher Education


Bharathi Ramachandran

Research Topic: Systemic Risks in Urban Infrastructure (Description: Procurement Risk Management of Transport Infrastructure Megaprojects from an integrated risk perspective)


Esra Dawood Mohamed

Research Topic: Social Sustainability in Dubai


John Kojo Tawiah Hayford

Research Topic: Decision Management Systems to Design Effective Construction Crew Using Quantitative and Qualitative Data


Kazeem Oyewale Awotunde

Research Topic: Towards Restoring Social Cohesion and Well-being in the Contemporary Cities - The Case for Knowledge Exchange between Lagos and London Socio-Cultural Behaviours


Mohamed Ahmed Nabawy Mohamed Ibrahim

Research Topic: A risk management framework in construction of mega housing projects in Egypt


Olatunde Abiodun Siyanbola

Research Topic: Harmonisation of health and safety in Southern African Development Community (SADC)


Oluwatobi Modupe Kolawole

Research Topic: Curbing Corruption in Construction Supply Chain through Blockchain


Tariq Umar

Research Topic: Developing toolkits and Guidelines to Improve Safety Performance in the Construction Industry in Oman


Tuschat Suriyachat

Research Topic: The Correlation between Perception and Public Green Space Design for Well-Being


Waheed Oseni

Research Topic: Development of Appropriate Facilities Management in a Developing Economy: Case Studies of Large Public Hospitals in Nigeria


Thomas Goessler

Research Topic: Space optimisation by AI in Smart Homes


Rafiu Seidu

Research Topic: Costs and Overruns in Complex Mega Projects

We have strong links with professional institutions such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Association of Project Managers (APM), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) through our accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Other multilateral and unilateral partners include UN-Habitat,

Our collaboration and partnerships are designed to build on the School’s flagship professionally accredited courses by connecting the agendas of today with the future challenges to address the needs of modern businesses and the employment market.

A key part of the strategy is external collaboration with professional institutions and industrial partners to tease out problems of the construction industry and to develop solutions through research and enterprise by strengthening the links with users of knowledge such as our industry partners and policy-makers to have real world impact.

IDoBE Partners & Academic collaborators

  • The Joint Co-ordinators of CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) TG 95 on Professionalism and Ethics in Construction are. The work of the task group is to foster stronger collaboration with academia and industry.
  • British University in Egypt (BUE) on a research on construction waste in Egypt, which is the subject of an on-going PhD project.
  • Federal University of Technology (FUTA)
  • Nigerian Institute of Town Planners
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), Durban, South Africa to address an urgent need to strengthen standards of construction health and safety practices in developing nations.
  • Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, under the aegis of UNEP
  • Habitat UNI, under the aegis of UN-Habitat
  • Habitat International Coalition
  • Regional University of Blumenau, Brazil to address challenges in developing social and ecological resilience to river floods and coastal disasters.
  • Dr. Ben Arimah, Senior Human Settlements Officer, Research and Capacity Branch, UNHABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr. Dorcas Ayeni, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria
  • Dr Fanan Ujoh, Director of Research, Urban BASE Consulting, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Member of Union of International Architects (UIA) – SDG Commission and International Competitions Commission
  • Assoc. Prof.  Subashini Suresh; University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Dr. Suresh Renukappa, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Dr Fidelis Emuze, Central University of Technology, South Africa