Sustainable regeneration project delivery in UK

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Akotia, J. and Opoku, A. 2018. Sustainable regeneration project delivery in UK. Journal of Facilities Management. 16 (1), pp. 87-100.
AuthorsAkotia, J. and Opoku, A.
Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the key practitioners’ level of involvement in the delivery of sustainable regeneration projects in the UK. Practitioners’ level of involvement is a major factor that has and continues to determine the delivery of sustainability outcomes of regeneration projects.
Design/methodology/approach

The paper adopted a qualitative study that obtained data from 21 key practitioners through semi-structured interviews in exploring practitioners’ level of involvement in the delivery of sustainable regeneration projects in the UK. The semi-structured interviews are conducted with seven practitioners, each from the three construction organisations selected through a purposive sampling approach for the study.
Findings

The findings identify varied levels of involvement of the key practitioners at the three delivery stages – early, construction and post-construction of the projects. The findings further reveal that clients’ representatives, commercial managers and architects are the most frequently involved practitioners during the early stages of the projects. The findings also indicate that practitioners who have sustainability assigned to their roles and their responsibilities, such as sustainability managers, are the least involved in all the three delivery stages of the projects.
Research limitations/implications

The study involves interview with 21 practitioners from three organisations delivering sustainable regeneration projects; hence, this could limit the generalisation of the research findings. However, the findings of this study could serve as a useful source of information for the further study in this area.
Practical implications

The paper is of the view that the level of key practitioners’ involvement in the delivery of the projects will have an impact on their knowledge and will determine how sustainability benefits are promoted and delivered from the projects.
Originality/value

Although some studies have been carried out on practitioners’ engagement in the delivery of “normal” construction projects, none has focussed on practitioners’ levels of involvement in sustainable regeneration projects. Hence, this study has brought to the fore how the key practitioners tasked with the responsibilities of delivering sustainability benefits of regeneration projects have been involved (at various levels of the project life cycle) in the delivery of these projects.

JournalJournal of Facilities Management
Journal citation16 (1), pp. 87-100
ISSN1472-5967
Year2018
PublisherEmerald
Accepted author manuscript
License
File Access Level
Anyone
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/JFM-05-2017-0024
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1108/JFM-05-2017-0024
Publication dates
Online05 Feb 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted27 Nov 2017
Copyright holder© 2018 Emerald Publishing Limited.
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