User engagement and quality in the design of UK schools

Walker, Alan, Greenwood, David and Johansen, Eric (2010) User engagement and quality in the design of UK schools. In: Proceedings of 26th Annual ARCOM Conference. Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Reading, pp. 3-12. ISBN 978-0955239045

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For over fifty years, dating back to the Simon report (1944), commentators on the UK construction industry have been lamenting the design-construct divorce and advocating earlier contractor involvement to produce, inter alia, better quality buildings. Since 2003 a substantial part of the addition to the value of UK new building stock has been in the form of schools. Most have been delivered through the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme and the majority of projects within BSF have been procured under a modified PFI (PPP) system. This of course means that early contractor involvement is a ‘given’. Despite this, in 2006 a CABE report on new schools was still critical of their quality. The paper explores whether other factors – in particular the degree and timing of user-engagement – have had an influence on the quality of the end product, and presents a method for testing this

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Presented at the ARCOM 26th Annual Conference,6-8 September 2010, Leeds.
Uncontrolled Keywords: design process, design quality indicator, user engagement
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2010 13:18
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:31

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