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Refurbishment and re-use of buildings: a multiple-case study analysis

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The development of new residential and commercial property is now becoming far less regular, largely due to the current economic climate, developers are now looking for alternative development options. With the demand for property growing ever bigger and land for new development now far less available, the importance of regenerating the existing building stock in the UK is greater than ever. This investigation aims to highlight the barriers and constraints that can be met when refurbishing and re-using buildings by establishing if there are any problems that occur more often then others. A literature review was conducted together with detailed analysis of two primary and two secondary case studies. Findings from the research and data collected included that the most re-occurring problems were from the impact of the recession, time management and controlling the budget of a development. It was also concluded that it is not always the number of issues that can disrupt a development but the type of issue, when it is identified and how it is dealt with. Based on the findings of this dissertation, several recommendations for further research are suggested. These include investigating the type of property and location compared to the numbers of issues experienced with refurbishment, how and when issues are identified and greater research into the impact of each individual issue to a refurbishment or re-use project.

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