In recent yerars there has been a general concern over the performance of the UK
construction industry. This has been reflected in the reports of Latham (1994) and Egan
(1998) stating that the UK is still suffering from underachievements and low productivity.
Clients critisise the industry for not always achieving what they need and the majortiy of
them are not satisfied with the quality of the construction industry.
Many of the problems encountered in the design and construction phases orginate from
from the pre-project planning phase. The main problems are frequently attributed to poor
planning and poor identification of client needs which act as contributory factors to poor
project performance. These problems have led to the need for a change in the
construction industry by focusing on the roots of the problems attributed to poor
performance. One approach that could help to improve construction performance is to
pay more attention to the pre-project planning phase since major decisions concerning the project are made during this phase. The main aim of the research is to develop a framework for improving pre-project
planning to enable construction clients overcome the problems that they encounter with
other project participants. Such a framework would assisst construction clients to identify
and communicate their needs more clearly to other stake holders. The framework
provides a comprehensive tool to help solve problems that occur during pre-project planning with respect to project objectives and goals of the construction project to enable
performance to be measured and improved. This thesis presents a framework for improving pre-project planning of construction
projects. The methodology adopted to conduct the research involved a comprehensive
literature review. Critical pre-project planning functions have been presented and tested
through the questionnaire survey and case interviews to determine how clients perform
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.