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Big industry names back AJ’s RetroFirst campaign


We fully support the AJ’s campaign to promote Retrofit and a (long overdue!) re-think of the way in which it could be promoted by changes in taxation and planning policy. However as Simon Allford points out, we need to look beyond re-use as the new-builds of today are of course the retrofit of the future. If buildings are to last longer and adapt to new uses over the course of their life, we need to build in the concept of loose fit and employ methods of construction that are flexible enough to accommodate modification over time. Think Georgian terrace. They have survived as an urban type because they are easily adaptable. We don’t need to copy them - just take on board the reasons behind their enduring success. Steve Ritchie (Steve Ritchie Partnership)

Posted date

25 September, 2019

Posted time

12:43 pm