Factors influencing the useful economic life of university buildings: a comparative case study of the University of Portsmouth

Jones, Adam (2015) Factors influencing the useful economic life of university buildings: a comparative case study of the University of Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this research project is to further expand on previous research that has been undergone on the topic of university buildings. This research assesses the impact that factors and characteristics of a university building have on the building's life as a whole, which follows on from the CABE research study that focuses on how the design of a university building affects the performance of the people using them. This dissertation will consider whether the type of building design (innovative or simple) affects the economic life of the building in the modern day and whether building designs are adapting to technological advancements and changing needs of students and staff. The study involved two main strands of research method, a quantitative online survey and an interview with a member of staff at the University of Portsmouth. The research was focused around three case study buildings from the university. The findings suggest that university buildings have already begun adapting their designs to incorporate the modern technologies available to them in the modern day. The results from the questionnaire show that students and staff still recognise that characteristics that help them meet their learning objectives are of more importance, than social aspects, in a university structure. The findings also imply users of university buildings prefer innovative designs, meaning they should not be sacrificed, but it is also acknowledged that flexibility can be more easily incorporated into simple designs. This research provides university estates departments with a better insight into how and where their capital should be invested and what type of built assets should be produced. The data collected has its limitations. The survey was only carried out by 62 respondents, so is not entirely representative of the population at the University of Portsmouth. Also, the qualitative data collected is slightly sparse, but it was always intended to be used as a comparative tool to the quantitative data rather than other qualitative forms.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 16:26
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 16:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18077

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