DEMOLITION OR REFURBISHMENT OF SOCIAL HOUSING?
Demolition of homes is among the most contentious issues in urban regeneration. Just Space and the London Tenants Federation commissioned the Engineering Exchange and the 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. Further, demolition decisions for buildings are often taken by professional experts and developers, without adequate engagement with local residents and communities. Good decision making in regeneration also requires thoughtful assessment of financial and technical information, within a context of meaningful engagement with residents and communities.
We developed a series of resources for understanding the issues around demolition or refurbishment of social housing in London. To view the written outputs (both technical and non-technical), click on the orange boxes below, under ‘Resources’. You can also scroll down to watch short films summarising key points relating to health and well-being, embodied carbon, and decision-making, from both an academic and a resident’s perspective.
For more information or to provide feedback on the project, please contact us.
Policy briefingFor policy makers, a policy briefing note is available from the UCL Public Policy Unit.
Lifespan factsheetA summary of the lifespans of buildings, and how they affect decision making on demolition and refurbishment.
Health factsheetProvides a summary of health and well-being implications for decision making in demolition and refurbishment.
Carbon factsheetProvides a summary of the environmental impacts of embodied carbon when considering demolition or refurbishment.
Community toolkitResidents can examine the evidence used in decisions around refurbishment and demolition of their own housing.
D&R full reportThe review found that housing refurbishment is often better than demolition and reconstruction when considering social, environmental and energy factors.