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Ferry and Brandon's Cost Planning of Buildings von Kirkham, Richard (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 29.09.2014
  • Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
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Ferry and Brandon's Cost Planning of Buildings

This new edition of the classic quantity surveying textbook retains its basic structure but has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent changes in the industry, especially in procurement. Although over the last 20 years a number of new procurement methods have evolved and become adopted, the recession has seen many clients revert to established traditional methods of procurement so the fundamentals of cost planning still apply - and should not be ignored. The first edition of this leading textbook was published in 1964 and it continues to provide a comprehensive introduction to the practice and procedures of cost planning in the procurement of buildings. This 9 th edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect changes that have occurred in the UK construction industry in the past six years. Whilst retaining its core structure of the three-phase cost planning process originally developed by Ferry and Brandon, the text provides a thorough grounding in contemporary issues including procurement innovation, whole life cycle costing and modelling techniques. Designed to support the core cost planning studies covered by students reading for degrees in quantity surveying and construction management, it provides a platform for understanding the fundamental importance of effective cost planning practice. The principals of elemental cost planning are covered from both pre- and post- contract perspectives; the role of effective briefing and client/stakeholder engagement as best practice is also reinforced in this text. This new edition:
Addresses The Soft Landings Framework (a new govt. initiative, especially for schools) to make buildings perform radically better and much more sustainably. Puts focus on actual performance in use at brief stage, during design and construction, and especially before and after handover. Covers recent changes in procurement, especially under the NEC and PFI Provides more on PPP and long-term maintenance issues
Offers an improved companion website with tutorial worksheets for lecturers and Interactive spreadsheets for students, e.g. development appraisal models; lifecycle costing models


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    Seitenzahl: 344
    Erscheinungsdatum: 29.09.2014
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781118887585
    Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
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Ferry and Brandon's Cost Planning of Buildings

Chapter 1
An Overview of Cost Planning

1.1 Introduction

Buildings are an essential part of the infrastructure of modern society. They provide shelter, we work in them; they provide the very means by which civilisations function and it is because of this that we tend to take our built environment for granted. Buildings and civil infrastructure are the enablers of health care, education, commerce and justice, the essential elements of that civilisation. I often remark on the importance of buildings and civil infrastructure to my students in lectures by asking them a simple question:

If you were to ever visit London, Berlin, Paris or Rome, what would you do?

Invariably, the responses always involve visiting buildings: the Houses of Parliament in London, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Coliseum in Rome, all the usual suspects. Being a railway enthusiast, I am a big fan of I. K. Brunel, the once pioneering chief engineer of the Great Western Railway. I like to use his legacy as an example of the point I am trying to make here. Approaching his iconic station building at Bristol Temple Meads, one is reminded so much of how buildings were seen as the most appropriate symbol of wealth, prosperity, ambition and achievement. For people like Brunel, buildings and civil infrastructure were a statement about the country. Brunel was a visionary but he also had a track record for blowing the budget on his projects! Maybe he used arguments with his projects' sponsors to convince them of the long-term value of their investments, who knows, but notwithstanding the value 1 aspects of buildings, the construction industry generally is inextricably linked with money. Simply put - buildings cost money, and usually lots of it!

This may seem a rather simplistic contention, but history reveals that understanding the costs of construction is a skill that has developed over time. In the seventh and eighth editions of this text, Douglas Ferry and Peter Brandon refer back to biblical times in order to trace the origins of cost planning, and the reading from St Luke (Ch. 14) gives a fascinating insight:

Would any of you think of building a tower without first sitting down and calculating the cost, to see whether he could afford to finish it? Otherwise, if he has laid its foundations and then is not able to complete it, all the onlookers will laugh at him. "There is the man' they will say, 'who started to build and could not finish".

While there are clearly metaphorical connotations within this reading, the point is pretty clear. To build well, you must first plan! Interestingly, the final part of the reading is a harrowing reminder to many clients and builders in today's society who have not taken heed of good budgetary management.
1.2 The 'art' of cost planning

The relationship between costs of buildings and procurement , procurement being the method by which buildings are delivered to the client, will be considered in detail in Chapter 7. The United Kingdom has witnessed a turbulent period of construction activity since the last edition of this book; relatively stable growth between 2001 and 2006 and then of course, the 'game-changer', more commonly known as the global economic crisis (see Figure 1.1 ), but allied to this has been an increasing focus on project budgets and, moreover, the ability to deliver these projects to the projected cost.

Figure 1.1 Quarterly construction output (NSA and SA) 2005-2013

(Office for National Statistics).

Sadly, several high-profile construction projects in the United Kingdom have been plagued with problems over programme and budget. With public sector construction projects, there is a strong emphasis on meeting the budget; so when

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