Redevelopment or Demolition: do you really need to demolish that site?

It’s always best, when considering demolishing a building, to ask certain questions before beginning any work – even planning work.

The first, and perhaps the biggest, is to ask why are you wanting to demolish the existing site – can it be redeveloped or can elements of the site be kept?

A pre-demolition audit can help answer these questions – along with assessing the materials within the buildings and their potential value.

For example timber or metal beams, intact fireplaces, heating or electrical systems could all be reused in the new building on the same site and this will help save on new build materials cost and will reduce time spent recycling or disposing of these materials.

When you have all of this information, that’s when you need to look at whether to refurbish, renovate or demolish.

This article discusses the Four R’s for waste that you should consider with both redevelopments and demolitions. These are:

  • Reduce
  • Re-use
  • Recycle
  • Recover

View the full article by clicking on the link below.

BRE Buzz article: do you really need to demolish that site?


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