UCL Engineering have developed a series of resources for understanding the issues around demolition or refurbishment of social housing in London.
The demolition of homes is amongst the most contentious issues in urban regeneration. Just Space and the London Tenants Federation commissioned the Engineering Exchange and UCL Urban Laboratory to review the technical evidence for demolition or refurbishment of social housing in London.
The review found that housing refurbishment is often better than demolition and reconstruction when considering social, environmental and energy factors. Demolition and refurbishment decisions for buildings are often taken by professional experts and developers, without adequate engagement with local residents and communities. Good decision making in regeneration requires thoughtful assessment of financial and technical information, within a context of meaningful engagement with residents and communities.
See the UCL Engineering Resources here