Professor Chris Goodier


  • Professor of Construction Engineering and Materials
  • Director of Academic Staffing
  • Director of Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)
  • Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Research and expertise

I am an expert in offsite, modern methods of construction (MMC), modular construction and concrete technology, including RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete). I am an experienced Civil Engineer, Chartered Builder and Researcher with nearly 30 years’ of experience in all aspects of construction, including contracting, consultancy and research, and I have led the NHS-funded RAAC National Research project for two years.

I am a Professor in Construction Engineering and Materials, Director of Loughborough’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering, and sit on the Senior Leadership Team for the School.

Authored books include Design in Modular Construction (2014) and the RICS Future of UK Housebuilding (2010), and I am an international expert witness for offsite/modular construction. I was recently invited to give evidence in person to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into MMC.

I worked previously for 7 years for Laing O’Rourke Civil Engineering and BRE and was the Lead Expert for construction on the UK Government’s Foresight Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment Futures project. I have authored more than 200 publications in the field of offsite construction, construction technology, concrete materials, construction management, and the future of the construction sector.

Current research activity

  • HS2: Low Carbon Sprayed Concrete

Recently completed research project

  • IStructE: Development of Low Carbon Structural Sprayed Concrete
  • BSI Construction standards for offsite construction

  • Highways England – Offsite non-steel gantries for smart motorways
  • Arup, Global Research Challenge, Deep Modularity
  • PhD: HS2 Circular Economy
  • PhD: Sprayed Self-healing Engineered Cementitious Composites for Repair of Concrete Structures
  • PhD: Traceability in the construction supply chain
  • PhD: Offsite and BIM in engineering construction
  • Network Rail: Alternative Methods For Patch Repairs In Tunnels
  • EPSRC: Circular Materials for Transportation Machine Sectors (CIRCMATE-4-TMS)
  • UKCRIC PLEXUS: Priming Laboratory Experiments on Infrastructure and Urban Systems (EPSRC)
  • DECONT: Digital Enablers for Transforming Construction, Transforming Construction Network Plus
  • Challenging Space Frontiers in Hospitals - Accelerating capabilities and advancing business models for modern manufacturing, Transforming Construction Network Plus

Recent publications

Key books and reports


I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the School's programmes, including: 


  • CVA106 Engineering Materials for Construction
  • CVD014 Sustainable Development Project
  • CVA057 Tectonics 1 - An Introduction to Materials, Structure & Construction
  • CVA102 Professional practice (multi-discipline collaborative design project)


  • CVP038 - EngD Short Research Project
  • CVP024 Management and Professional Development


School Research Committee and Enterprise/industry Committee

Recently completed projects

  • Thorpe Precast UHPFRC
  • HS2: Low Carbon Sprayed Concrete
  • Invited to give evidence to Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Thatcher room, House of Commons, inquiry into Modern Methods of Construction, 4/3/19.
  • Expert witness for $300m+ trade secret case on the global construction of modular (offsite) construction
  • ECI Modularisation in engineering construction
  • IOSH Managing nanomaterials in construction


  • Lead Expert for construction on the £2m+ DIUS Foresight’s Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment futures project (


Professional affiliations

  • Member of CLC/CIC RAAC Response Group
  • Member of IStructE RAAC Group
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of Institute of Concrete Technology (FICT)
  • UKCRIC Management Board (UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities)
  • UK Constructing Excellence National Members' steering group
  • Graduate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers 


  • ICE Research Award: Low Carbon Sprayed Concrete
  • Teaching Innovation Award (TIA), Loughborough University, “Extended Induction for Engagement and Inclusivity”
  • LU Enterprise Partnership Award with AECOM - Highly Commended.
  • Winner of ICE Howard Award Medal for Best Paper in Journal. Optimising construction with SCC, ICE Construction Materials,
  • Short-listed for The Engineer Collaborate to Innovate award, Academic Innovator category
  • ICE (Institution of Civil Engineering) Merit Awards, ‘Short-listed’ in Research and Studies Category, “RCA concrete”
  • Teaching Stars Award for CVD014 Loughborough University
  • ACE Engineering Excellence Awards, shortlisted in the Research, Studies and Consulting Advisory
  • ICE (Institution of Civil Engineering) Merit Awards, ‘Highly Commended’ in Research and Studies Category, “Corrosion Management and Repair of Reinforced Concrete Structures”
  • Winner of CIOB-ARCOM CRI Innovation and Sustainability paper award

External activities

  • University of Cambridge Visiting Lecturer, Construction Engineering Masters Programme, Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, Department of Engineering.
  • Leeds University External Examiner, MSc Advanced Concrete Technology
  • Imperial College London, MSc External Examiner
  • Editorial Panel ‘Case Studies in Construction Materials’ (2014 – present)
  • International selection committee for Tenure Lecturer in Project and Construction Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
  • Judge for British Precast Innovation Awards
  • IoM3 Cementitious Materials Group (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining)
  • ECI Innovation and Technology Direction Group

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • RAAC: NHS, CPT, Lucidion, Sweco, IA Connects
  • Cambridge, UCL, Imperial, Leeds etc
  • HS2
  • Concrete Society, 
  • Institute of Concrete Technology
  • IStructE
  • Concrete Centre
  • Buildoffsite
  • ICE
  • BSI
  • Arup
  • Highways England
  • Aecom
  • BRE
  • CIOB
  • ECI
  • IoM3
  • British Precast