A critical analysis of the prevalence of the ‘Design and Build’ project delivery system and its ability to deliver quality buildings in the 21st century construction industry

Chiu, Po Yu Pearl (2015) A critical analysis of the prevalence of the ‘Design and Build’ project delivery system and its ability to deliver quality buildings in the 21st century construction industry. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Due to rapid development of technology, construction projects have become more complex by employing new materials and construction methods in recent years. Typically, this can create major concerns with cost, time and the quality of the construction process. In practical terms, project organisation, management and procurement are also critical to the project's success. Selecting the most suitable procurement method is critical for clients and all project participants. There is no direct way to measure which delivery system is the best or right choice. This is because construction projects are bespoke and differ substantially from project to project in many aspects.
    Over recent years, the Design-Build project delivery system has been used increasingly in the UK construction industry. It provides an interaction between the design and the construction of a building. The aim of this research is to investigate and appraise the use of the Design-Build project delivery system. The issues contributing to the increased use of the Design-Build delivery system are identified in the literature review. It is essential to investigate what influences the clients' selection of the procurement method to deliver their projects. In the research, the advantages and disadvantages of the Design-Build project delivery system as well as a comparison with other systems are identified and investigated. To cope with the changing environment, legal issues as well as the management of risk and uncertainty are also considered. A mixed methodology including quantitative and qualitative strategies and semi-structure interviews has been used to gain rich insights into the design-Build project delivery system and the crucial factors impacting client procurement method selection. Through a case study, awareness of how to procure a construction project is raised for client and all project participants. This research aids clients and contractors in having greater understanding and communication between all parties in the construction process, as well as looking at the suitability of adopting Design-Build project delivery system for their projects.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 14:58
    Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18613

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