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Adebisi, E O, Ojo, S O and Alao, O O (2018) Assessment of factors influencing the failure and abandonment of multi-storey building projects in Nigeria. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 36(02), 210–31.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Nigeria; Project management; Project failure; Multi-storey building projects; Project abandonment;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 2398-4708
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-10-2017-0048
  • Abstract:
    The failure and abandonment of construction projects have proven to be insurmountable problems incessantly militating against the efficient performance of the construction industry in Nigeria. The complexity, technicality and a host of other project execution issues unique to multi-storey building projects do increase their susceptibility to failure and abandonment. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to examine the factors influencing failure and abandonment of multi-storey building projects in Nigeria. This is with a view to provide inferential empirical data that could enhance successful delivery of multi-storey building projects in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach Primary data were used for the study. A structured questionnaire was administered on consultants and contractors’ personnel within Lagos State, Nigeria. A total of 180 copies of the questionnaire were administered ,and 134 copies which represent a combined response rate of 74.4 per cent were retrieved. The data were analysed using frequency distribution and percentages, Mean item score and factor analysis. Findings The factors most significant to the failure and abandonment of multi-storey building projects are inadequate funding by the client, improper planning at the pre-construction phase, structural failure in multi-storey building during construction, bankruptcy/business failure of the contractor, improper scheduling of the building project activities and failure to engage qualified professionals with technical expertise and experience. The rated factors clustered under human resources capability, planning and structural quality, contractor selection and variation, insecurity and variation, and force majeure and political risk. Research limitations/implications The study was limited to multi-storey building projects in Lagos State, Nigeria. Further studies could focus on specific resuscitation strategies for abandoned multi-storey building projects. Practical implications The study provided implications for effective project and contract management of multi-storey building projects which is very paramount to improve the delivery of complex, technical- and capital-intensive building projects in Nigeria. Originality/value The study provides specific implications for the management of multi-storey building projects, thereby enhancing the delivery of building projects.