Spara och bevara* bibliographic database

., . (2020) Rethink Retrofit - The case for reuse and refurbishment of existing buildings. Project Report. WSP.


Download (9MB) | Preview
Official URL:


The insights in this report are based on a survey of 103 UK architects, property developers, and public and private-sector building administrators, completed between September and October 2019. The survey was carried out by Longitude on behalf of WSP. Our evolving UK streets and towns often evoke a fascinating past. Rather than letting their heritage fade in the face of today’s demands, we can breathe new life into existing buildings for a new, cleaner, more sustainable age with modern technology and new materials. Some of the most interesting buildings are those that have been re-used and re-imagined. Done well, this preserves heritage features, expressing these alongside modern retrofitting. It means working in sympathy with existing structures to adapt and create new use. In the UK and beyond, the need to address the part our buildings will play in achieving sustainability targets is becoming more pressing. A mindset of preservation is replacing a ‘throw-away’ culture. We’re excited about the potential for retrofit building techniques to help – and keen to understand the wider industry’s view on this. The thoughts of UK architects and property developers, as well as public and private sector experts are captured in this report. The findings in this report set the scene for where we all believe we need to go and is intended to be a first step in our journey towards better buildings. The results show that professionals in the building sector believe existing and emerging technologies will deliver exciting benefits across a number of dimensions, as part of retrofit projects. An outline of these can be seen opposite. Together, the impact of these benefits could be significant – to the people we know, places we live and the world around us.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: heritage, retrofit, property development, historic buildings
Subjects: English
English > Management and Case Studies
Depositing User: Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2020 14:20
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2020 14:20

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item