Lessons from managing design-build construction projects in Hong Kong

Edmond W.M. Lam, Ping Chuen Chan, Wai Ming Chan

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The design-build (D&B) procurement method has emerged for several decades in the construction industry to overcome the problems inherent in the traditional design-bid-build method. As a result, some countries in the East, like Japan, have a very developed D&B market, while the use of D&B in Hong Kong is still developing due to a lack of management studies in the local context. This paper evaluates the management approaches for the three major types of D&B construction projects in Hong Kong, namely traditional D&B, novation D&B and enhanced D&B. Further case analysis was conducted on some recently completed D&B projects in Hong Kong, including residential quarters, slaughterhouses and hospital projects. Project details and features, project brief development and project management approaches on these projects were scrutinized. Further research on the quantitative analysis of the criteria and critical factors for D&B project success is recommended to develop benchmark studies for the D&B procurement system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
JournalArchitectural Science Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Case analysis
  • Design-build
  • Hong Kong
  • Management approaches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture


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