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Planning, Measurement and Control for Building

Planning, Measurement and Control for Building

Robert Cooke

ISBN: 978-1-405-19139-5 September 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 280 Pages


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Planning, Measurement and Control for Building is a companion to Building in the 21st Century, providing an up-to-date and easy to read overview of the processes by which building projects are planned, their costs and materials estimated and the building work controlled – the 'paperwork side' of construction. Students on National Award, Certificate or Diploma courses in Construction will find this volume very useful as they study for the measurement, planning, building control and technology units of those courses.
With many colour photographs and diagrams, the book focuses on construction as a team effort and shows how various elements of design, estimating, tendering, and building contracts combine to enable these teams to work together to plan and organise construction projects that meet the needs of clients. The book covers a range of relevant topics in some detail, for example the basics of 'taking off' and the use of 'dim' paper, the building regulations and surveying processes.  Common terms and abbreviations are explained and put into context throughout the book. The coverage is completed by discussing three very different projects, including inception to topping out of a prestigious office development, illustrating how all of the technical aspects of design and legislation are put into place on real projects.


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.