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Management in the Construction Industry by Roger A. Burgess (eds.)

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Housing layout-a source book. We have felt it useful to provide a guide in which the general principles of housing layout are set down. We believe that the issues that determine whether or not housing succeeds in personal and social terms depend very much on meeting important basic aspirations such as the need for privacy and community, but that the detailed way by which they are achieved can be explained. This we have tried to do in a publication which is shortly to be published. The document is advisory and provides illustrations and analysis from a wide field of housing known to have been successful.

S. Ayres (British Steel Corporation): May I answer the question on lower risk and lower profit, obviously asked on the assumption that speculative developers have made very large profits in the past and presumably wish to do so in the future before they come back into business. I think this is wrong and is a case where the media have much to answer for. Where large profits have been made they have been made by the financial institutions who have taken a very large share of the equity of any project that they have fmished and have become greedier and greedier over the years; not many private development companies now take anything like the lion's share of profit out of the schemes.

This now takes place at two levels. First, at a policy development and programme planning level, a small team answering directly to the Controller of Housing is responsible for establishing realisable programme targets across the whole housing programme area, on a 4-5 year rolling programme basis. This team is also charged with monitoring achievement against these targets and advising on remedial action where necessary. Second, once the individual timetables have been established it is the responsibility of another group of officers within the client department, the project managers, to ensure that the schemes are progressed through the development cycle, smoothly and rapidly.

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