Professor Peter McDermott

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Maxwell Building Room 431

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Current positions

Professor of Construction Management


I have been a Professor of Construction Management/Procurement in the School of the Built Environment since 2007, having joined as a lecturer in 1993.

The way that construction is organised, managed and procured has a significant impact on our environment.  My teaching, research and professional activities are focused on this and around a determination to make a difference to the built environment/sectors that we serve. 

My duties at Salford have been/are wide and varied.  I have had the opportunity to teach, research and work with industry and policy -makers in my specialist subject areas.  The following sections give a brief overview of this.

Areas of research

Strategies for the Construction and Infrastructure Sectors, Strategic Procurement, Sustainable Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Social Value


  • Management Principles
  • Construction Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Lean Construction
  • Social and Community Benefits
  • Social Value
  • Infrastructure and Construction Strategies

Research Interests

In addition to having led EPSRC research work in the area of procurement systems, performance management and community benefits, I have been applying this work with various clients and suppliers in industry.  I have developed procurement and performance management systems with major regional and national public sector clients, delivered commissioned work for DTI, DFID and I am currently working with Treasury (Infrastructure UK) and the Cabinet Office (Construction Strategy) on a range of working groups including procurement and performance management. I have specialised in delivering social and community benefits through construction procurement.

  • Construction industry development. 
  • Strategies for the Construction and Infrastructure Sectors. 
  • Business strategies in construction and infrastructure.
  • Construction procurement.
  • Strategic procurement.
  • Sustainable Procurement.
  • Construction supply chains. 
  • Social and Community Benefit. 
  • Social Value.

Joint co-ordinator of CIB (International Building Research Council)  Commission W92 Procurement Systems – having been a founder member (1989) – I became Joint Co-ordinator from April 2005.

HM Treasury/Infrastructure UK /Cabinet Office – Invited member of  Joint Committee for Infrastructure Cost Review Implementation and Construction Strategy

Chair of Shadow Infrastructure Cost Review Implementation Group for the North-West – to support my role on the national group (see above) – including - ICE (north-west) United Utilities, Network Rail, Sellafields, GMPTE, NWConstruction Hub,  Mersey Gateway (Runcorn Bridge), Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester City Council,  Aecom, Morgan Ashurst.

Cabinet Office, Construction Strategy - Efficiency Reform Group,  - Academic Advisor to the Procurement Stream Implementation –  drafted a report on the Effectiveness of Frameworks  - reviewing evidence from the national government departments and the “wider public sector” (local authorities) July – published on line July 2012.

An independent academic/procurement advisor on the board of the North-West Construction Hub (a regional construction framework established by the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership for the Built Environment).

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce – Construction Committee/ Policy Committee – infrastructure and construction related matters

Salford Construction Partnership (City of Salford as a construction client with developer and contractor partners seeking to maximize impact of local spend in the City)

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • PhD Construction Management