Barriers to ‘Adaptive Reuse’ of Obsolete Buildings in Australia

Barriers to ‘Adaptive Reuse’ of Obsolete Buildings in Australia: your experience?

Obsolete buildings stand empty and fall into disrepair or face premature demolition if a change-of-use is not feasible. This has economic, social and environmental consequences. Some state governments are starting to take steps to acknowledge the benefits of adaptive reuse. However, there is significant industry discussion of barriers to change-of-use conversion. There are claims that barriers often stem from building regulation and its enforcement. But beyond the rhetoric, there is a lack of hard evidence to back-up claims of regulatory barriers to ‘change-of-use’ conversion.

Research is being conducted at the University of Adelaide on key barriers to the feasibility of ‘change-of-use’ conversions of non-heritage buildings within Australia.

BDAV members are invited to share their professional experience in this anonymised survey by CLICKING HERE.

Participation is welcome from all stakeholders involved in adaptive reuse developments, including regulation officials, building owners and built environment consultants.

This research is led by Professor’s George Zillante, Veronica Soebarto and researcher Gillian Armstrong, University of Adelaide, South Australia. Please contact Gillian.armstrong@adelaide.edu.au for further details of the research. The results of the research will be shared with participants at the end of the study.

Responses will be received until 19 May 2017.