There are questions about how well the current buildings are being looked after at Knowle:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and 'managed deterioration'
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the 'managed neglect' of valuable assets
But the District Council had committed itself to looking after Knowle - especially with regard to energy efficiencies:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: investing in renewable technologies to keep energy bills down
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: "How efficiently is this building being used?"
There are questions around 'viability' - and whether it is more 'viable' to move or to stay:
Futures Forum: When is a development 'viable' or not?
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: demolish or renovate?
And yet the District Council will not countenance investing in staying:
Futures Forum: "A truly green alternative to EDDC's proposal"
Meanwhile, the industry is actually saying that it is more 'efficient' to stay put with the building you've already got:
Futures Forum: "The greenest building is the one standing" >>> Why do developers prefer to demolish buildings than renovate them?
... including the District Council's own consultants:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: 'Developers looking to get the most out of their stock in difficult economic conditions are increasingly turning to refurbishment rather than redevelopment. Davis Langdon look at the cost implications'
'Old' buildings need not be seen as a drain on resources, as one other professional points out:
Your Building EBSS STEP 1 - Baseline - YouTube
How can you add low-cost, quick win initiatives to get extra value from your building?
Your Building EBSS STEP 3 - Review - YouTube
Establish a refurbishment level and work out what each step involves
Your Building EBSS STEP 4 - Crunch Time - YouTube
Existing Buildings Survival Strategies Guide
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