Heritage-led regeneration is an increasingly common term used in the construction industry, and although it is not a new idea it is starting to be recognised seriously as a ‘growth sector’ for architects and developers. A lot of interesting projects in the last few years have highlighted the benefits that conservation can offer when used as a platform from which to launch renewal, and we continue to work on many great projects that use heritage as a driver for regenerative change in deprived urban and rural locations. Could 2013 be the year of Heritage-led regeneration?
A familiar model of 20th Century urban renewal would involve demolishing large areas of derelict post industrial structures, ‘wiping the slate clean’ of existing conditions, and designing new blocks within the framework of an agreed ‘vision’. Jobs are created, new offices and residences are established, and an urban area is given a completely fresh identity. However many…
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