This week the department of surveying at the Nottingham Trent University is launching what is believed to be the largest research programme examining the decision-making process in conservation refurbishment projects.
The principal objectives are:
to establish if individual risks and risk clusters are objectively and systematically considered at recognised stages in a scheme's development by different consultants
to consider the sophistication of the risk-assessment process
to ascertain the use of formal risk-analysis techniques
to assess and compare the influences on decision-making by various consultants.
The project is expected to be completed in early summer. All practitioners in conservation are invited to contribute by completing a questionnaire to be distributed this week. Further details of the programme can be obtained from John Reyers on 0115 848 4675, John.Reyers@ ntu.ac.uk, or from John Mansfield on 0115 848 2515, John.Mansfield@ntu.ac. uk
JOHN R MANSFIELD
Nottingham Trent University