The future development of design and build contract in the construction industry of Hong Kong

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The future development of design and build contract in the construction industry of Hong Kong

 

Author: Hui, Chun-keung
Title: The future development of design and build contract in the construction industry of Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2002
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Construction contracts -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Building and Real Estate
Pages: vi, 114 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1637857
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/47
Abstract: Design and Build (D/B) is not new in the construction industry and it has been used in Hong Kong since early 70s. The prevailing of procurement method is the traditional approach where by design and construction are separated. In recent years, a few large construction projects have adopted D/B, such as the Hong Kong Jockey Club centre, North District Hospital and Tsing Yi South Bridge extension project. Even though D/B method has been proved as a fast track construction method and it offers the single point responsibility to the client, its development in Hong Kong is limited. This dissertation aimed to investigate the future development of D/B contract in Hong Kong. Based on the issertation's findings, D/B is one of the procurement methods in Hong Kong, which shortens construction duration, simplifies the contractual relationship (single point responsibilities) and improve buildability for construction works. However, problems in D/B are identified such as the difficulty in preparing the employer's requirement, weakness in contractor's capability and reduction in overall project quality (due to the use of optimum design and material). D/B method can be beneficial to the project if time is critically short for a development. The project success of using D/B depends on the quality of the employer's requirements and the contractor's capability (also that of his design consultants). Adequate monitoring from the client can improve the overall project quality including both design and construction. From the questionnaire survey, respondents opine that D/B will be the main trend in the coming future subject to the major obstacles being removed. Recommendations on how to minimize the impact from the obstacles are provided. This was further reinforced by the results of interviews and three case studies.

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