Adaptation and Demolition in a Masterplan Context

Baker, Hannah and Moncaster, Alice (2018). Adaptation and Demolition in a Masterplan Context. In: Wilkinson, Sara J. and Remøy, Hilde eds. Building Urban Resilience through Change of Use. John Wiley & Sons, pp. 57–81.



This chapter explores the range of decisions and the reasons behind them when considering demolition and adaptation on a masterplan site in which multiple buildings are affected. It builds upon existing studies on adaptive reuse and demolition at an individual building level. The chapter identifies factors as drivers for decisions to demolish or adapt within masterplans include national and local policy, place-making and its link to economic viability, technical aspects, and phasing and market changes. Policy is a fundamental aspect of decision-making both at the individual building level and within the context of a larger scheme. The factors identified in the previous section will have varying levels of importance for the different stakeholders involved in the decision process.

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