This week the Department of Surveying at 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 of the research 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 consultants' risk assessment processes
to ascertain consultants' use of formal risk analysis techniques
to assess and compare the drivers which influence consultants' decision- making.
The project, which is expected to be completed in early summer, has a number of key phases. All practitioners operating within the conservation field are invited to contribute to the research by completing a questionnaire that will be distributed during week commencing 1 February 1999. Further details of the programme can be obtained from John Reyers, tel: 0115 848 4675, e-mail: John.Reyers@ntu.ac.uk or from John Mansfield, tel: 0115 848 2515, e-mail: John.Mansfield@ntu.ac.uk.