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Dr Steve Phillips

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Dr Steve Phillips BSc MSc MPhil(Cantab) PGCert EngD FRICS MCIOB FCABE AFHEA has worked in the UK construction industry since 1978. He worked as a building labourer for five years when he left school before he decided to become a construction professional and has now qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor, a Chartered Building Engineer and a Chartered Construction Manager.  Steve has held a number of senior positions within the UK construction industry including being the managing director of a specialist dispute resolution chartered building surveying practice and an executive board member of a major social housing landlord organisation.

Steve has extensive experience of the professional work undertaken by building surveyors including; contract adminstration, project management, pre-aquisition surveys for commercial and residential buildings, defect analysis, party wall surveying and preparing/negotiating schedules of dilapidations. He has acted as a chartered building surveying consultant to many organisations within both the public and private sector including; London & Quadrant Housing Association, Forest Homes, Swan Housing Association, REIT Property Management , Watts Property Consultants, SERCO, Capita and the London Borough of Islington. He has also provided expert witness evidence on major works service charge disputes to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, various Arbitration Tribunals and sat on the Government Working Party which amended the Service Charge Consultation Regulations in 2003. 

After completing an Engineering Doctorate (with no corrections) at Loughborough University and a MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University he became the Course Director for BSc(Hons) and MSc Building Surveying Degree courses at London South Bank University. Steve joined Northumbria University in 2020 to pursue his research interests which include; Digital Technoloy & Surveying, the Sustainable Adaptive Re-use of Buildings, Fire Safety & The Golden Thread of Building Information, Best Value Procurement  and Uncertainty in Passivhaus Design. 

Steve sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation and is a reviewer for a number of other academic journals. He is also a RICS APC Assessor on the Building Surveying Pathway and is an External Examiner in Building Surveying at the University of West London.

Steve Phillips

Key Publications

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  • Grenfell and Construction Industry Reform: A Guide for the Construction Professional, Phillips, S., Martin, J. 10 Sep 2021
  • The valuation of high-risk residential buildings and the role of EWS1, Phillips, S. 1 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal and Valuation
  • The Role of Local Authorities in Catalysing the Adaptive Re-use of Buildings in London, Deloughry, B., Hudson, P., Phillips, S. 15 May 2020, ARCOM 2020 36th Annual Conference : Building A Common Good in Construction. Dates: Monday 07 September 2020 to Tuesday 08 September 2020
  • How can Digital Technology Improve Productivity in Retrofitting Works within the UK Social Housing Sector? , Phillips, S., Streatfield, C. 2 Sep 2019, ARCOM 2019: 35th Annual Conference – Leeds, UK
  • The role of Building Information Modelling in retrofitting works within the UK social housing sector, Phillips, S., Foreman, T. 2018, In: Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal and Valuation
  • Role of BIM in Deep Retrofitting in the UK Social Housing Sector, Phillips, S. 1 Jun 2017, University of Cambridge Engineering for Sustainability Conference
  • The role of BIM in retrofit 2050 within the UK social housing sector, Phillips, S. 30 Aug 2017
  • Analysis of the quality attributes used in establishing best value tenders in the UK social housing sector, Martin, J., Phillips, S., Dainty, A., Price, A. 2008, In: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
  • Renew or repair existing window units? A best value approach, Phillips, S., Martin, J., Dainty, A., Price, A. 2008, In: Construction Information Quarterly
  • OVID-BV: optimising value in decision making for best value in the UK social housing sector, Phillips, S. 1 Jan 2007

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Grenfell and Construction Industry Reform 2021
  • Invited talk: BIM & The Golden Thread 2019
  • Invited talk: Major Works Service Charge Disputes 2018
  • Other: The Role of BIM in Deep Retrofitting in the Social Housing Sector 2017
  • Invited talk: Introduction to the Party Wall etc Act 1996 2016


  • EnvironmentalEngineering MPhil July 21 2018
  • EnvironmentalEngineering PGCert August 01 2017
  • Engineering PhD July 17 2008
  • Construction Managment PGCert August 01 2006
  • Law MSc December 01 1998
  • Building Surveying BSc June 24 1987
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy AFHEA 2019
  • Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers FCABE 2018
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors FRICS 1996
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Building MCIOB 1996

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