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design and build briefing

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Design and Build: Uses and Abuses.

Jeremy Hackett. Lloyds of London Press. 1988. The unique features of design and build as a procurement system.

Design and Build in Action.

David Mosey. Chandos. 1998. A detailed examination of design and build, together with case studies.

Design and Build: Contract Practice. Dennis Turner. Longman. 1986. Sets out the contractual basis for design and build, its procedures and the responsibilities of the various parties.


Designing and Building a World-Class Industry. J Bennett, E Pothecary and G Robinson. Centre for Strategic Studies in Construction, University of Reading 1996. A good starting point for a review of design and build. A comprehensive study of the design-and-build market compared to traditional procurement, and an investigation of the opportunities it presents. Tackles the issue of quality head-on.

Constructing the Team: Final Report of the Government/ Industry Review of Procurement and Contractual Arrangements in the uk Construction Industry. Michael Latham. hmso 1994. An extensive review of the construction industry, identifying weaknesses and setting out an agenda for improvement. Through its promotion of integrated design and construction processes, together with new management tools, the report formed the bedrock of new procurement development, especially in design and build.

Rethinking construction: The Report of the ConstructionTask Force. Sir John Egan. DETR 1998. A concise review of the uk construction industry and about having a clear set of targets. When published, the Egan report renewed the momentum for change, emphasising the need for integrated processes and teams, particularly in design and construction.


Trusting the Team: The Best Practice Guide to Partnering in Construction. J Bennett and S Jayes. Centre for Strategic Studies in Construction, University of Reading 1995. Examines the benefits and costs of partnering; gives the specifics of project partnering and strategic partnering.

The Seven Pillars of Partnering: A Guide to Second Generation. J Bennett and S Jayes. Thomas Telford Publishing. 1998. A report on current best practice in partnering in the uk construction industry.

Towards Positive Partnering: Revealing the Realities in the Construction Industry. J Barlow et al. The Policy Press. 1997. Explores the managerial processes involved in partnering between clients and construction firms in Britain.


The Prime Contractors Guide to Supply Chain Management. The Tavistock Institute 1999. Sets out the central principles of prime contracting and the management tools which support it.

Building Down Barriers. The Tavistock Institute. Interim evaluation report of Ministry of Defence project looking at the benefits of prime contracting using an integrated supply chain.

Evaluation Report No 2. The Tavistock Institute 1999. A thorough analysis of the two DETR pilot projects which are being used to develop the Prime Contracting procurement model.


Local Government and the Private Finance Initiative: An Explanatory Note on PFI and Public/Private Partnerships in Local Government. DETR 1998. Outlines the background to PFI, procedures and policy with examples.

Private Finance Initiative Pack. Department of the Environment 1995.


Recent Treasury procurement guidance notes place emphasis on integrated processes and best value for publicly funded projects.

Procurement Guidance No 4: Teamworking, Partnering and Incentives. HM Treasury. 1999. Teamworking and partnering as techniques to improve value.

Procurement Guidance No 5: Procurement Strategies. HM Treasury 1999. Design and construct together with prime contracting are positively promoted as procurement options which allow better integration of design and construction.


'Special report: design and build'. The Architects' Journal 12.10.95. pp45-49, 52, 54. Comprehensive report includes: an architect-led design build company; quality through partnership; the pros and cons of novation.

'Keeping up appearances'. Building 14.6.96 pp38-41. A brief overview of the essential principles of design and build.

'D&B: a beginner's guide'. Building 5.2.99 p55. An overview of the Reading Construction Forum's report (see Reports, above), highlighting the need for architects and contractors to work together.

'Design and build: What do we do next?'. AJ 17.7.91 pp52-53. A short study on the historical development of uk construction industry, comparisons with those overseas, and a forecast for the future with a focus on design and build.

'Design and build: Views from the pews'. AJ 3.7.91 pp51-53. This article contains a number of case studies of design-and-build projects help to illustrate central issues.

'Design and Build Compared with Traditional Contracts'. AJ 24.11.93 pp34-35. A comparison of design-and-build contracts against traditional contracts from the point of view of management systems theory.

'Update on Design and Build'. AJ 3.6.99 pp46-48. A look at the changing shape of design and build and the implications for practice. Also contains briefing information.


Design Build Foundation. The University of Reading, London Road, Reading, RG1 5AQ. Tel 0118 931 8190. www.dbf-web.co.uk

Centre for Performance Improvement in Construction. Building Research Establishment, Garston, Watford, Herts, WD2 7JR. Tel 01923 664257.

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