Collaborative procurement and private-sector housebuilding and refurbishment works: A pilot study investigation of the UK

Costin, G. and Kidd, A.N. and Simon, T. and Edwards, D.J. (2019) Collaborative procurement and private-sector housebuilding and refurbishment works: A pilot study investigation of the UK. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 37 (5). pp. 699-717. ISSN 2398-4708

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Abstract

Purpose
Framed as a pilot study, the purpose of this paper is to study the perceived appropriateness of an existing collaborative procurement procedures (CPP) framework from the housebuilder’s perspective; seeking to improve its utility and stimulate further exploration.

Design/methodology/approach
Informed by an existing CPP framework, and conducted by a UK-based development professional, four in-depth semi-structured interviews were undertaken with senior housebuilding practitioners from London and surrounding counties. A qualitative analysis was then conducted for this sociological study.

Findings
Perceived appropriateness of the framework was high; however, a number of procedural improvements were identified, along with limitations. Future studies are recommended including the influence upon project performance of groundworker integration at the design stage.

Research limitations/implications
Limited to four interviews from one regional area, the study is an initial insight into the appropriateness of an existing CPP framework. Insights into why CP uptake is marginal within housebuilding were also gained. The research purpose was achieved but by offering a self-reflection upon practice (vis-à-vis wider generalisations) the findings provide a springboard for further studies.

Practical implications
The research identifies with current practice, industry perceptions, and paths towards improving the utility of the CPP framework.

Social implications
This study offers insights into the perceptions of private housebuilding practitioners of their own practices and the factors they find challenging within the social constructs of their industry.

Originality/value
This research constitutes one of the first studies in the UK to examine the CPP framework from the perspective of the private housebuilder and is undertaken with the express purpose of furthering that framework’s utility.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-09-2018-0074
Date: 14 October 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lean construction, partnering, collaborative partnership, UK construction, collaborative planning, House building/refurbishment
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Euan Scott
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 13:34
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 13:37
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9457

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