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Construction and Property Management Research Group

The Management in Construction and Property research group is led by Prof Peter McDermott.  The group works with our research sponsors and stakeholders on the co-creation and realisation of value at all stages of the life cycle of built assets, infrastructure and business services, from design through to construction, soft landings, facilities management and beyond.  Our research is focused on improving value and sustainability, and improving the profitability of the construction sector.  Our staff lead research and policy groups at regional, national and international levels in all of these areas.  We are highly committed to community, practice and policy engagement at all of these levels.  We are keen on both basic and applied research believing that one can feed the other.   Our preference is for multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches to the research problems that we are privileged to engage with.  The subject matter of the research of this group is closely aligned to teaching within the School of the Built Environment and provides the linkages directly to the University strategy of Industrial Collaboration Zones.

Our current pre-occupations include:

  • the built environment as designed for, and consumed by users – for example, the study of the impacts of school designs on pupils’ performance
  • procurement and supply chain management - especially on how the procurement processes may effectively deliver wider sustainability (including social value, environmental value, as well as business and economic value)
  • lean construction and agile construction - especially on how these processes may effectively deliver wider sustainability (including social value, environmental value, as well as business and economic value)
  • offsite construction, or, more broadly Modern Methods of Construction – especially on how these processes may effectively deliver wider sustainability (including social value, environmental value, as well as business and economic value)
  • the economics of the built environment, both macro and micro considerations for the construction and property sectors including - the characteristics of the sector, the markets and firms therein. We are especially interested in investment and how construction demand (the pipeline of work) shapes the supply markets;
  • pedagogy in the built environment – an overarching interest in the relationships between research, practice and education in the built environment.
  • law in the built environment – an overarching interest in the relationship between research, law and its application in the built environment.
  • KTP with Manchester City Council - The KTP will create the ability to confidently commission the use of OSC solutions. MCC will lead a consortium of 5 HAs and manufacturers to establish commissioning frameworks to support large scale off site modular construction. For this KTP there will be some housing manufacturers engaged in order to facilitate the delivery of these houses.
  • KTP with Procure Plus Limited - The project aims to develop an active framework management tool to support evidenced performance management and continuous improvement for SME contractors and clients.
  • iCase with Arup - this PhD project is to study the design and implementation of a BIM-based team space that can provide stronger collaboration among the key partners as well as specific information access to their supply chain partners
  • iCase Award with United Utilities - this PhD project aims to develop a New Delivery System for water sector infrastructure projects
  • Pathways to Excellence PhD - 'Whole life' Social Value for Built Environment developments-the practicalities, people and processes that make this concept possible.
  • Thorley Lane Bridge Replacement Project Research Project for Highways England
  • Social Value through construction and infrastructure expenditure - the purpose of the study is to pilot test our theoretical ideas concerning the development and measurement of social value – Pilot (2015)
  • Visual Controls - Highways England Pilot (2015)
  • Lean in SMEs - Highways England Pilot (2015)
  • Earthworks Control - Highways England Pilot (2015)
  • Optimising Handover - Highways England (2015)
Full members
Associate members
Peter McDermott (Group Lead, Professor)
John Forde
Carl Abbott (Professor)
Julie Cross

Les Ruddock (Professor)

Angela Headington
Mohammed Arif (Professor)
Paul Chynoweth (Dr)
Rod Gameson (Dr)
David Baldry
Joanna Poon (Dr)
Paul Coates (Dr)
Zeeshan Aziz (Dr)
Brodie McAdam (Dr)
Gerard Wood (Dr)
Anthony Higham (Dr)


The Built Environment as Designed for, and Consumed by Users

The sensory impact of building design on users’ well-being and effectiveness (particularly in schools and retail environments).

Construction briefing

Facilities management

Public sector estate management

Green Construction

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Public Policy

Community benefit. 

Social value

Construction procurement

Strategic procurement

Sustainable Procurement

Project management,

Risk and Value management

Performance Management/ Key Performance Indicators

Prof Peter McDermott
P.McDermott@salford.ac.uk

Maxwell Building Room 431
T: +44 (0)161 295 4808
M: +44 (0)7748 761309