Dr Nadeeshani Wanigarathna

Lecturer in Quantity Surveying

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Nadeeshani is an experienced academic with national and international teaching, research and industry experience in quantity surveying. Currently, she teaches on quantity surveying-related modules and carries out research on construction cost management.

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After completing her BSc Quantity Surveying degree in 2006, Nadeeshani started her career as a lecturer by teaching on the BSc Quantity Surveying degree at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Since then, she's worked for Halcrow International Partnership in the UAE as a quantity surveyor, along with multidisciplinary and global teams to provide quantity surveying advice on a diverse range of construction projects.

In 2010, Nadeeshani started her PhD at Loughborough University and completed a thesis titled Evidence-based design for healthcare built-infrastructure in 2014. Also in 2014, Nadeeshani joined our Department as a lecturer in quantity surveying. She teaches BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying undergraduates and continues her research on construction cost management related topics.

Research interests

Nadeeshani's research interests cover a broad range of topics related to construction cost management, whole-life costing, construction economics, construction procurement and health economics.

Areas of research supervision

  • Construction cost management  – whole-life value of construction, cost reduction benefits of Building Information Modeling
  • Cost of sustainable construction – an evaluation of the viability and affordability of carbon emission targets
  • Construction contracts – NEC3 contracts support to achieve a collaborative working environment


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BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying


  • PhD Construction Management, Loughborough University, UK
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Recent presentations and conferences

Charles, S.P.R., Wanigarathna, N., and Sherratt, F., 2015. Construction project change: Investigating cost and value. 29th Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference (ARCOM), 7-9 September 2015, UK.

Pooley, A. and Wanigarathna, N., 2015. Multidisciplinary student teams: Student collaboration for assessment. 16th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 'Engage', 30 June 2015, Cambridge, UK.

Wanigarathna, N., Price, A.D.F. and Austin, S., 2013. Evidence based design of single-bed patient rooms: exploring the processes behind two successful stories. 2nd European Conference on Design4Health, 3-5 July 2013, UK.

Wanigarathna, N., Price, A.D.F. and Austin, S., 2013. Improvement opportunities for evidence based design: an application of critical realists’ perspective. 29th Association of Researchers in Construction Management conference (ARCOM), 2-4 September 2013, UK.

Wanigarathna, N., Price, A.D.F. and Austin, S., 2012. A conceptual model of evidence based design for healthcare in the UK. HaCIRIC International Conference 2012, 19-21 September 2012, UK.

Wanigarathna, N., Price, A.D.F., Austin, S. and Mills, G.R., 2011. Does evidence based design for healthcare built environments, limit creativity? 10th International Conference of Detail Design in Architecture (DDiA10), 27-28 October 2011, Istanbul.