Professor Peter McDermott
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Maxwell Building Room 431
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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
- Sustainable procurement
- Lean Construction
- Social and Community Benefits
- Social Value
- Infrastructure and Construction Strategies
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)
- BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
- PhD Construction Management