BCA, in association with the Building Services Research and Information Association has recently completed a project on the re- use of old concrete buildings, sponsored by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions via the Partners in Technology scheme.
The project investigated re-use of out of date concrete buildings,
considering both upgrading them to more modern standards and altering them to accommodate changes of use. Solutions to structural and services problems that commonly arise were investigated on detail.
The project culminated in the production of three guidance documents aimed at building developers, owners and occupiers and their advisers, architects and structural and building services engineers. They are:
Refurbishment of concrete buildings: The decision to refurbish
Refurbishment of concrete buildings: Structural and services options
Refurbishment of concrete buildings: Designing now for future
The documents are due to be published this month and will be available from BCA Publications, tel: (01344) 725704.