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Reading Material for Development Staff

Friday, January 26th, 2018

I spent the first 15 years or so of my life in HA Development learning on the job. Then I started reading and discovered how much faster one can learn, and how very slow on-the-job learning tends to be. I quite often mention this on training courses. So I’m sometimes asked what reading I’d recommend for Development / Regeneration staff – so I thought I’d better try and answer. Hence this post.

You will understand that this is just my list – there are a million books out there about the different activities in residential development and project management. I’ve not read them all, so this isn’t a list of the ‘best’. But it is a sub- set of my books – the ones I found most useful and easiest to read and understand.

The Basics

  • Developing Affordable Housing, National Housing Federation, 2017; ISBN: 978 0 86297 593 7…THE book to read,  written specifically for you guys, suitable for everyone whether they have 0 days or 10+ years of experience.
  • Guide to JCT Design and Build Contract 2016, RIBA Publishing; ISBN: 9781859466414…a short and very readable book that takes you through the main clauses in the building contract use more than any others by Development teams. Professor Sarah Lupton explains the duties of the parties simply and clearly. Read this, and rapidly discover that you know more about the building contract than your Employer’s Agent, the site manager and (probably) the Contract Manager. This book lives permanently in my work rucksack so I always have it with me whenever discussions about on-site matters arise.
  • Understanding Development Appraisal, National Housing Federation, ISBN: 9780862975869… Financial appraisals are examples of “blackbox technologies”. We can see what goes in, and we can see what comes out, but we have no idea what’s going on in the important middle bit. This book explains. Read it, and get a much better understanding of what all those acronyms really mean.

to be continued (I’ve just run out of time today)…………….

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