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Planning, Measurement and Control for Building is an easy to read textbook that provides an overview of the process by which building projects are planned, priced and controlled.  Using three specific case studies (a speculative housing project, a small shop refit and a prestigious commercial development) the book illustrates the importance of the ‘paperwork’ side of the construction process, and shows how the various elements of design, estimating, tendering, and building contracts combine to deliver a successful project that meets the needs of clients and the appropriate regulations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405191395
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Cooke is currently a lecturer at Barking College in the School of the Built Environment teaching construction students from GCSE through to BTEC/Edexcel Higher National Certificate. He has over 35 years experience in the construction industry in building trades, surveying, representitive and teaching roles.

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Table of Contents



Websites and further reading.

1 Building contracts.

1.1 The building contract.

1.2 Contractor’s overheads.

1.3 Contracts.

1.4 Client Management Contracts.

2 The design team.

2.1 Client.

2.2 Architect.

2.3 Consultants.

Private quantity surveyor (PQS).

Structural engineer.

Building services engineer.

Fire engineers.

3 The construction team.

3.1 Trades.









Roof tilers.


Steel fixers.

3.2 Why does history remember the designers?.

3.3 The on-site team.

Site managers and project co-ordinators.



Accounts department.

4 Stages of design.

4.1 Choosing an architect.

The selection process.

Considering an architect as the lead consultant.

4.2 Feasibility stage.

Strategic briefing.

4.3 Pre-construction period.

Outline proposals.

Detailed proposals.

Final proposals.

Production information.

4.4 Tender documentation.

5 Costings.

5.1 Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works.

5.2 Centre line calculations.

5.3 Walls in facings, half brick thickness.

5.4 Bill of quantities.

5.5 Tendering.

5.6 Estimating.

Unit cost.

Net cost.

All-in hourly rates.

All-in rate.

Unit rates.

5.7 Mensuration.

5.8 Areas.

Areas of rectangles including squares.

Areas of circles.

Surface areas of a sphere.

Areas of triangles.

Areas of parallelograms.


Areas of polygons.

6 Stages of construction.

6.1 Production.

6.2 Insurance.

6.3 Arranging utilities.






Cable communications.

6.4 Local Authority licences.

6.5 Informing the HSE (Health and Safety Executive).

6.6 Suppliers.

6.7 Planning.

6.8 Bar charts.

6.9 Programme management software.

6.10 Procurement of materials.

6.11 Plant.

6.12 Site production.

6.13 Quality of materials and workmanship.

7 Acts and regulations.

7.1 Who actually puts the rules together in the first place and why?.

What are the Houses of Parliament?.

7.2 Health and environmental laws fromWilliam I to Charles II.

The birth of modern day insurance.

Why did King Charles II ask ChristopherWren to re-design London? Or did he?.

Enter the ‘Industrial Revolution’.

Where does all of this fit in with Acts and Regulations?.

The living hell.

With more trade came more disease.

The ‘Great Stink’.

Why was the Town and Country Planning Act 1947 brought about?.

The birth of the Building Regulations.

A major re-write.

The price of oil.

Computers in industry.

Town and Country Planning Act revisions.

8 Speculative housing.

8.1 Rayleigh Road project.

8.2 The planning application procedure.

Stage 1 [Receipt].

Stage 2 (Registration).

Stage 3 (Appraisal).

Stage 4 (Decision).

8.3 Full planning permission.

8.4 Full plans.


8.6 What are Building Regulations?.

8.7 PartyWall Act.

8.8 Stages of building control.

9 Shop refit.

9.1 The project.

9.2 Planning application.

10 A prestigious commercial development.

10.1 Why demolish old buildings and erect another building in its place?.

10.2 Inception for Ropemaker.

10.3 Stage 1: A second feasibility study.

Planning permission.

10.4 Stage 2: A new planning proposal.

The new concept design.

The importance of light.

The green issues.

The contracts.

10.5 Costings.

Calculating the approximate costing.

10.6 Pricing the contract: ‘taking off’ and ‘bills of quantities’.

Preliminary estimating stage.

Concept stage.

Scheme design stage.

10.7 Pre-contract planning.

10.8 Site set-up.

The solution.

Site accommodation.

10.9 The ground works.

10.10 Health and Safety on and off site.

Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act 1974.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Management Regulations).

Work Place (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (Display Screen Regulations).

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM Regs).

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR).

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

Working Time Directive and Working Time Regulations 1998.

Personal Protective Equipment Work Regulations 1992.

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of CHemicals) 2007.

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

Noise at Work Regulations 1989 (NWR).

10.11 Planning.

10.12 Critical paths.

10.13 On-site planning.

10.14 Topping out.


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