Specialist subcontracting works in building services industry

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Specialist subcontracting works in building services industry


Author: Lee, Yin-han
Title: Specialist subcontracting works in building services industry
Degree: M.Eng.
Year: 2006
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Building management.
Department: Dept. of Building Services Engineering
Pages: ii, 149, 15 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1973672
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3677
Abstract: The Hong Kong construction industry relies heavily on subcontracting. Because the building today uses a very wide range of technologies and individual buildings have to meet ever more complex and subtle requirements, there are more and more specialist subcontracting works. However, not much effort has been made to investigate the effects of these changes. Moreover, there is enthusiastic interest around the world in looking for ways to reform the construction industry at the moment. Hong Kong cannot and has not been an exception. In 2001, the Construction Industry Review Committee published a review report which pointed out that the local construction industry's overall performance was far from satisfactory and recommended about 109 measures to improve its performance. In this current study, a survey was conducted to examine the specialist subcontracting practice in the local construction industry which is under reformation. Apart from the four broad aspects, procurement methods, forms of contract, types of contract and tendering methods, the problems arising from the current practice in respect of contractual issues and payment were investigated. Because of time constraint, only three of the recommendations suggested by the Construction Industry Review Committee in 2001 were investigated. They include Voluntary Subcontractors Registration Scheme (VSRS), Construction Partnering and Security of Payment. The new evolution on standard form of contract, The Standard Form Of Building Contract 2005, was examined as well. From the questionnaire survey and interviews conducted in the study, it was found that the most common form of procurement methods was still traditional general contracting even though there have been many developments to these basic forms in attempts to integrate the specialist subcontractor's design into the project design team's effort. The payment problems and contractual issues were highlighted in the survey. The paper concluded that standard form of contract and fair risk transfer would be helpful to solve many problems in local specialist subcontracting practice. The Voluntary Subcontractors Registration Scheme (VSRS) and The Standard Form Of Building Contract 2005 were found to be helpful changes while the potential of Construction Partnering would be project dependent. Lastly, this paper suggested that further studies of Security of Payment could be conducted.

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