Exploring the value of demolition contractor involvement at the design stage of construction

Yazan Osaily, Alex Copping, Stephen McCann, Tamil Uddin

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Abstract

It is clearly understood that the design teams have a critical role to play in achieving circularity in the built environment. However, little attention has been given to the demolition industry and its contribution at the design stage of construction. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of the demolition industry in the movement towards the circular economy through exploring the benefits and challenges of involving demolition contractors at the design stage of construction. This study reports the findings from 12 in-depth interviews undertaken with professional demolition practitioners. The following questions were asked: Are there benefits to involving a demolition contractor at the design stage? What roles and responsibilities might be appropriate for the demolition contractor at the early stages of design? What knowledge does the demolition contractor possess that is of value to designers and clients? And what challenges might arise? The findings show that early demolition contractor involvement is more likely to ensure that end-of-life factors are considered at early phases of design. The input of a demolition contractor at the design stage will encourage designers to design for deconstruction; thus, fulfilling a closed-loop concept. However, a series of challenges were also revealed. Results show that adversarial relationships, cost, and time are the biggest challenges to involving a demolition contractor at the design stage. This study shows the essential need to revise the current linear models followed within the construction cycle and articulates the important role the demolition industry has in the continued movement towards a circular economy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference
EditorsChris Gorse, Christopher J Neilson
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Pages334-343
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780995546349
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2019
Event35th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Leeds, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20194 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference

Conference

Conference35th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityLeeds
Period2/09/194/09/19

Keywords

  • Deconstruction
  • Demolition
  • Early Contractor Involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Building and Construction

Cite this

Osaily, Y., Copping, A., McCann, S., & Uddin, T. (2019). Exploring the value of demolition contractor involvement at the design stage of construction. In C. Gorse, & C. J. Neilson (Eds.), Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference (pp. 334-343). (Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference). Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM).