Challenges of UK/Irish contractors regarding material management and logistics in confined site construction

John Spillane, Lukumon Oyedele, Jason Von Meding, Ashwini Konanahalli, Babatunde Jaiyeoba, Iyabo Tijani

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The aim of this paper is to identify the various managerial issues encountered by UK/Irish contractors in the management of materials in confined urban construction sites. Through extensive literature review, detailed interviews, case studies, cognitive mapping, causal loop diagrams, questionnaire survey and documenting severity indices, a comprehensive insight into the materials management concerns within a confined construction site environment is envisaged and portrayed. The leading issues highlighted are: that contractors’ material spatial requirements exceed available space, it is difficult to coordinate the storage of materials in line with the programme, location of the site entrance makes delivery of materials particularly difficult, it is difficult to store materials on-site due to the lack of space, and difficult to coordinate the storage requirements of the various sub-contractors. With the continued development of confined urban centres and the increasing high cost of materials, any marginal savings made on-site would translate into significant monetary savings at project completion. Such savings would give developers a distinct competitive advantage in this challenging economic climate. As on-site management professionals successfully identify, acknowledge and counteract the numerous issues illustrated, the successful management of materials on a confined urban construction site becomes attainable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-42
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Confined site construction
  • Logistics
  • Materials management
  • Strategic management
  • Urban development


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