A Hybridised Model for Post-Occupancy Evaluation Planning for Higher Education Institution Buildings

Roberts, Christopher (2020) A Hybridised Model for Post-Occupancy Evaluation Planning for Higher Education Institution Buildings. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

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Abstract

This research has developed a hybrid Post-occupancy Evaluation model for application in the UK Higher Education (HE) sector. This is achieved utilising components found in current industry POE guidance, in conjunction with the findings of a case study of Birmingham City University’s newly developed HE facilities, an analysis of publically available POE reports, and a focus group of industry practitioners involved in the planning and implementation of POE at BCU. Upon the completion of the model, a series of five validation interviews are also conducted.

The findings of this research have highlighted a number of contributory factors impeding the widespread implementation of POE. These include a small community of Practice (CoP), inconsistent approaches to POE and low compliance with suggested evaluations. Low compliance and inconsistency of approach directly prevent the achievement of academic objectives realised through POE such as benchmarking facility performance and subsequent iterative improvement of HE facilities. Furthermore, questions are raised as to the innate value industry practitioners place on POE, with practitioners either perceiving the process as a tick box activity, or are concerned with what party accumulates the value generated through implementation of POE. The research also highlighted the requirement for POE to be considered and planned earlier in a development cycle.

To remedy this situation, this research presents a hybridised POE model for user-friendly planning and implementation of POE in the UK HE sector. The model takes into account the findings of the aforementioned research, presenting a formalised and robust process for industry practitioners to follow. In keeping with the requirement for POE to be considered earlier in a development lifecycle than simply the handover and in-use phases, the model is also synchronised with the RIBA Plan of Work stages in efforts to facilitate effective POE planning and maximise beneficial outcomes for the both participants as well as the commissioning organisation.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Dates:
DateEvent
21 January 2020Submitted
19 May 2020Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Post-occupancy Evaluation, Higher Education Institutions, Mixed Methods, Process Mapping
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-02 - building
CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-04 - planning (urban, rural and regional)
Divisions: Doctoral Research College > Doctoral Theses Collection
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Dept. of Built Environment
Depositing User: Jaycie Carter
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 14:35
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 14:35
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15477

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