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Andrew King

Andrew King

Workplace Tutor

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Construction Management


Dr King leads and teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate construction management and research modules. Before joining Nottingham Trent University, Andrew worked at a senior level in the construction industry.
His current work includes teaching Contract, Procurement and Research Methods modules within the School. His approach is to draw industry and academia together as much as possible in teaching and research as evidenced by his recent projects with Laing O'Rourke, Acasta Consulting and Morgan Sindall. Andrew also works as a PhD supervisor at the university and draws on his experience of working in a central role on an Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPSRC) funded research project exploring Design and Build Tender Evaluation.

Andrew's current research focus is Social Value, Modern Slavery and Economic Migration in the construction industry.

Career overview

Andrew has successfully run his own surveying business and worked at a senior level in large contracting organisations. His roles have included working as a Quantity Surveyor and more strategically developing approaches to Supply Chain Management. He currently teaches and provides supervision to MPhil or PhD for research students interested in a range of constriction related topics. His primary research interest is in the study of Social Value, Modern Slavery and Economic Migration in the construction industry. Approaches using Grounded Theory, Action Research and CAQDAS are particularly encouraged.

Andrew is a member of the Lean Projects Group at NTU and is also active on the ARCOM Research committee. His work on Social Value has led him to become a member of the Board at Broxtowe Education Skills and Training (BEST), a leading Social Enterprise in Broxtowe, Nottingham, which works to develop the lives of local people through a range of businesses including a construction contracting group, BESTbuild.

Research areas

Work includes studying the various issues in the construction industry:

  • Social Value
  • Modern Slavery
  • Economic Migration

Previous projects have included:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Design and Build Tendering
  • Value in Construction
  • Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software

Andrew's principal research focus is Social Value, Modern Slavery and Economic Migration in the construction industry.

The work draws on his experience of researching Supply Chain Management and Procurement, which had direct impact in industry by changing the way one of the countries largest contracting groups manages its Supply Chain and tender processes. The Chartered Institute of Building recognised Andrew's involvement in an EPSRC research project seeking to improve Tender Evaluation in Design and Build Projects by jointly awarding him the Premier Research and Innovation Award in 2004. This project also led directly to him co-authoring the Thomas Telford book Best practice tendering for design and build projects (2003). Andrew has published a range of outputs in Design and Build Tendering, Supply Chain Management and Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) including conference proceedings, journal papers and book chapters.

External activity

  • Harbin Institute of Technology – Visiting Lecturer – September 2015
  • BEST – Board Member – April 2015 – Present
  • ARCOM – Scientific Committee – 2014 - Present
  • Course Validation – Leeds Metropolitan University – September 2010

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Research Funding – Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Working With You – a EU and UK Higher Education Innovation Funded project

(in alphabetical order)

  • Acasta Consulting
  • Broxtowe Education Skills and Training (BEST)
  • Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)
  • Gleeds
  • Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)
  • Interserve
  • Intu
  • Kier
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Mitchells and Butlers
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Nottingham City Homes
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • Ryder, Levitt Bucknall
  • Sao Paulo University
  • Specialist Engineering Contractors Group
  • Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute
  • The Glasshouse Community-Led Design
  • Transport for London (TfL)
  • Turner & Townsend


(brief selection)

Burke, C. and King, A.P., 2015. An investigation into the relationship between Social Value and Construction SMEs. In: Raiden, A (Ed.) and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Ed.), Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference.

Griffith A., Knight, AD. and King, AP., 2003. Best practice tendering for design and build projects. London: Thomas Telford.

King, AP., 2008. Using software to analyse qualitative data In: Knight, AD. and Ruddock, L., eds., Advanced research methods in the built environment. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

Knight A., Griffith, A. and King, A., 2002. Supply side short-circuiting in design and build projects. Management Decision. vol 40 (7/8) , pp. 655-662.

Press expertise

Andrew is particularly keen to discuss the relationship between construction and:

  • Social value
  • Modern slavery