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The Centre for Excellence in Smart and Sustainable Construction

Heriot-Watt University Dubai's Centre for Excellence in Smart and Sustainable Construction


About Us

CES²C partners with like-minded organisations and government entities to lead the transformation of the Built Environment and the development of next generation professionals for the benefit of the economy. By providing a creative environment for collaboration between multidisciplinary researchers, industry and government, CES²C offers a global hub for disruptive thinking and a model for solutions development and stakeholder engagement. 

The CES²C Themes

Our industry-led research and innovation activities focus on enabling solutions around three main themes: 

Heriot-Watt University’s Centre of Excellence in Smart and Sustainable Construction



Our Built Environment courses aim to attain excellence in the core disciplines that contribute to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges.  

Heriot-Watt University and CES²C are committed to providing the best possible grounding for the future generation of industry professionals.  

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Meet the Team

The CES²C Non-executive Board is chaired by His Excellency Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, former UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment and brings together a group of expert opinions and leading voices across academia, industry and government.

EngD Construction


EngD Construction programme combines advanced technical and management training with PhD level research, in partnership with an industry partner or sponsor. Researchers gain all the necessary skills required for a successful career in the industry.


Industry partners

Our industry partners work with us to transform the future of construction and drive research and innovation in the sector.

Latest news

Read the latest news, events and publications from the Centre for Excellence in Smart and Sustainable Construction.