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Sustainability performance measurement framework for PFI projects in the UK
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Received 12 August 2012 Revised 30 June 2013 Accepted 3 July 2013
Ramin Keivani and Esra Kurul
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
Purpose – The relationship between sustainable development and private ﬁnance initiative (PFI) procurement systems is clariﬁed, and the current debate on the effectiveness of PFI in the UK and the beneﬁts of PFI to deliver sustainable construction is reviewed. The study develops a sustainability assessment framework encompassing environmental, economic, social and technical aspects through the life cycle of the procurement process. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach – A comprehensive literature review develops a conceptual sustainability performance indicators framework. A national questionnaire survey measures existing PFI projects’ sustainability performance level. Findings – The study provides empirical insights about key performance indicators of sustainable PFI project development and a benchmarking for existing PFI project performance measurement. It suggests that successful sustainable PFI projects should integrate technical aspects into the traditional three dimensions sustainability model and achieve a balance between social and economic performance. Research limitations/implications – Because of the chosen research approach, the research results may lack in-depth analysis of individual projects. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to test the framework further. Practical implications – The sustainability indicator framework proposed in this paper is readily applicable in PFI projects, as well as other types of PPP projects. Originality/value – This paper fulﬁls an identiﬁed need to study how the sustainability...