Collaborative procurement and private-sector housebuilding and refurbishment works: A pilot study investigation of the UK

Glenn Costin, Akari Nakai Kidd, Timothy Simon, David John Edwards

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Purpose: Framed as a pilot study, the purpose of this paper is to study the perceived appropriateness of an existing collaborative procurement procedure (CPP) framework from the housebuilder’s perspective, seeking to improve its utility and stimulate further exploration. Design/methodology/approach: Informed by an existing CPP framework and conducted by a UK-based development professional, four in-depth semi-structured interviews were undertaken with senior housebuilding practitioners from London and surrounding counties. A qualitative analysis was then conducted for this sociological study. Findings: Perceived appropriateness of the framework was high; however, a number of procedural improvements were identified, along with limitations. Future studies are recommended including the influence upon project performance of groundworker integration at the design stage. Research limitations/implications: Limited to four interviews from one regional area, the study provides an initial insight into the appropriateness of an existing CPP framework. Insights into why CP uptake is marginal within housebuilding were also gained. The research purpose was achieved but by offering a self-reflection upon practice (vis-à-vis wider generalisations), the findings provide a springboard for further studies. Practical implications: The research identifies with current practice, industry perceptions and paths towards improving the utility of the CPP framework. Social implications: This study offers insights into the perceptions of private housebuilding practitioners of their own practices and the factors they find challenging within the social constructs of their industry. Originality/value: This research constitutes one of the first studies in the UK to examine the CPP framework from the perspective of the private housebuilder and is undertaken with the express purpose of furthering that framework’s utility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-717
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Collaborative partnership
  • Collaborative planning
  • House building/refurbishment
  • Lean construction
  • Partnering
  • UK construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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