1st Edition

Building and Facilities Maintenance Management An Innovative Operational Approach

By Jason Challender, Robert Challender Copyright 2025
    280 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Building and Facilities Maintenance Management: An Innovative Operational Approach is a new introductory textbook aimed at students who are studying building maintenance and asset management for the first time as part of their undergraduate or foundation course. The book plugs a gap in the current curriculum and literature which must now seek to educate emerging professionals about the significance of the operational phase of a built asset’s lifecycle, if the challenges of the day are to be met head on.


    Each chapter is supported by seminar questions and formative assessment tasks to allow the learner to assess their own progress through the text and covers:

    •           The nature and importance of building maintenance for the successful strategic operation of an estate

    •           contracting and procurement of maintenance works

    •           risk assessment in maintenance management

    •           surveying for common maintenance issues and defects

    •           the relationship between maintenance management and environmental sustainability

    •           and maintenance and conservation of historic buildings


    The book will help readers enhance their awareness, understanding and breadth of knowledge of the issues around improving organisational maintenance management. A handy guide for emerging professionals, this practical book is also ideal reading for anyone studying facilities management, building surveying, construction management, real estate, and property management.

    Foreword by Dr Peter Farrell


    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Significance and nature of building maintenance

    Chapter 3: Maintenance and asset planning strategies, programmes, policies and systems

    Chapter 4: Common maintenance issues and managing defects

    Chapter 5: Maintenance and conservation of historic buildings

    Chapter 6: Common internal maintenance issues, defects and remedial works

    Chapter 7: Common external maintenance issues, defects and remedial works

    Chapter 8: Surveying existing buildings

    Chapter 9: An innovative project to assist Building Surveying students: designing a handbook as a practical teaching and learning guide for surveying buildings 

    Chapter 10: The relationship between maintenance management and environmental sustainability

    Chapter 11: Case studies related to embedding environmental sustainability into estates practices

    Chapter 13: Implications in practice for maintenance management in the built environment

    Chapter 14: Summary of key points, reflections, overview and closing remarks

    Appendix 1: Sample Maintenance Plan

    Appendix 2: Sample RICS Home Survey Level 3

    Appendix 3: Photographic Schedule of Condition

    Appendix 4: Project Plan Proposal Form

    Appendix 5: Relevant Standard by LLUK for professional Knowledge and Practice

    Appendix 6: Session Pan linked with Building Surveying Handbook

    Appendix 7: Striving for a Sustainable Salford

    Appendix 8 Energy, Water & Carbon Management Plan

    Appendix 9 Environmental and Sustainability Strategy document




    Dr Jason Challender MSc PhD Eng. D.Hon FRICS FAPM FAHE has acquired thirty-five years ‘client side’ experience in the UK construction industry and procured numerous successful major construction programmes during this time. He is Director of Estates and Facilities at the University of Salford, member of its Senior Leadership Team and responsible for overseeing a large department of approximately 350 estates and construction related staff. He is also a construction researcher with seven books and twelve published academic journal and conference papers in recent years, all of which have been dedicated to his studies around construction and engineering management. He has also attended many national and international construction and institutional conferences as a guest speaker over the years and is a Visiting Professor.

    Robert Challender is employed at CS2 Charted Surveyors in Manchester, where he is serving an apprenticeship in Building Surveying. The building surveys featured in the book, are ones that Bobby has undertaken himself. He is currently studying for a BSc Degree in Building Surveying at the University of Salford.