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Cost studies of buildings by A Ashworth

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A building owner cannot be held responsible or liable for the mistakes in tenders prepared by a building contractor. They can of course to some extent protect themselves against the unfortunate effects of these errors, by assessing a tender against an approximate estimate or the tenders from other contractors. They will not, knowing that a tenderer’s price is dubiously low, want to enter into a contract with that firm, for fear of the contract being uncompleted or difficult to execute. Professional surveyors present themselves as being qualified to do the work entrusted to them.

This is why a purpose-built project is likely to be more satisfactory than one which was constructed by a developer for speculative reasons or ‘off the peg’. The function will also impose restrictions on the aesthetics which the designer may consider to be most appropriate. The designer needs to consider both anthropometrics (which relates to the measurement of the human body) and ergonomics (which introduces the idea that fatigue should be minimised). The designer will need to consider the relationship between the different room or location uses by means of a circulation diagram.

During the immediate post-war years, several major factors helped to create conditions of an economic boom in the construction and property industries: n n n n The desire to renew much outdated property, much of which had fallen into decay through neglect The need to replace the considerable amount of property that had been damaged by the ravages of war The need to provide new buildings for homes, employment, education, health etc. for a rapidly growing population and the then needs of the welfare state The need to provide new buildings to meet the aspirations of a new generation Coupled with these factors were changes in manufacturing industry, with the newer industries requiring investment in new premises to suit changes in technology, particularly automation and mass production.

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