Golf course development: a research study into the potential roles, utility and benefits of a quantity surveyor

Pinner, Matthew (2014) Golf course development: a research study into the potential roles, utility and benefits of a quantity surveyor. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The initial focus of this research project is to study the potential roles, utility and benefits of a Quantity Surveyor within the golf course development industry. In order to achieve the overall aim; five objectives were set out to complete which contributed to the answering of the research question.
    Through the review of literature significant gaps in knowledge were identified with the focus of most research directed mainly at environmental conflicts and issues surrounding golf course development. There was little information relating to more technical aspects of golf course development that were particularly relevant to a Quantity Surveyor. After identifying this gap the author knew that researching in the direction intended was important, and any findings discovered would be beneficial to both the author and individuals in the industry.
    The authors intentions were to draw experiences from professionals within the industry and discover how important the role of the QS is in the development of a golf course. Based on findings in literature of the fragility of golf courses, the expansive areas of land that they take up and the effects they can have on their surrounding environment, the author expected the Quantity Surveyor to play a fundamental and consistent role throughout the development of a project. The authors intentions were to utilise a number of research methods in order to achieve the objectives. A questionnaire was distributed to selected participants in industry, with a total of 40 questionnaires being sent out, achieving a 50% response rate of 20 completed questionnaires.
    The author also conducted six interviews with professionals in practice and had initially arranged a site visit to a current project in Scotland called The Angus. However, due to delays in finalisation of the construction contract, access to the site was not possible until early June.
    After the collection and analysis of data from the interview and questionnaires a number of key findings were identified. Most importantly, there was inconsistent use of the role of a Quantity Surveyor with the Architect often taking on this role on a temporary basis. It was also clear that many methods and techniques, performed in traditional civil engineering projects by a QS were not as widely utilised in golf course development projects. However it was identified that the importance of a QS and the roles they take on are an essential need when developing such fragile pieces of land. From these findings key recommendations for the golf course development industry were suggested which could provide benefits across all specifications of golf course development projects.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:57
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:47

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