REMH08-Procurement of Building Conservation Projects

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Adrian Smith


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module concerns the development and implementation of an integrated strategic approach to the procurement of construction work and services, specifically in connection with historic buildings and their environment. Major topics covered in the module include:

  • the relative merits of the main alternative approaches to the procurement of construction works and services to historic buildings and their environment,

  • factors to be considered in the choice of the most appropriate methodology for any specific scheme

  • tender and contract documentation

  • project and relationship management strategies

Theoretical studies are supported and reinforced by detailed case studies and site visits as appropriate.      

This module provides the knowledge of the global construction industry, and the skills to select appropriate procurement methods for heritage conservation projects, including aspects of project control and management, and building specifications.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to:

• Make informed judgements about the organisation of the construction industry

• Compare and contrast the various building procurement and construction contract strategies generally available, in the context of specific projects

• Select and justify those contractual provisions which are appropriate for historic buildings

• Demonstrate an understanding of building specifications in the context of  historic buildings, and their practical application;

• Show an understanding of the processes commonly used for project control.

Additional outcomes:
• Enhance oral and communication skills through discussions and presentations in seminar sessions;
• Develop academic report writing skills through the module assignment;

Outline content:

• An introduction to the contractual and organisational aspects of the UK construction industry with particular relevance to the conservation, repair and maintenance of historic buildings.

• The procurement and execution of construction and repair works associated with historic buildings

• Project management and control

• An introduction to building specifications

• Construction health and safety

• Archaeological considerations associated with works to historic buildings

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered in block release format that involves a four day face to face teaching block with pre-course preparation plus online post-teaching support. The module is taught in an interactive format through seminars and workshops. An assessed individual project is the consolidating and integrating vehicle for the taught material. Students are encouraged to share information via Blackboard in the extended online support period which follows the face to face element. An online discussion of the case studies between tutors and students supports the assessment in this module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 6
External visits 12
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
A major project, assesses all the learning outcomes of this module. Guide length 5,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of the project in order to achieve a maximum mark of 50. Reassessment utilises the same method as that used for the module's original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

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Last updated: 31 July 2018


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