This research aims to enable the inherent skills and resources of communities to be mobilised in the planning, design, management, maintenance, evaluation and renewal of their physical assets.
Retrofitting Soho – Improving the Sustainability of Historic Core Areas (2007 - 2008)
The scoping study aims to identify the challenges and suggest possible solutions to improve the sustainability of the Soho area in London, focusing in particular on the historic building fabric. It is an area-based study that highlights the issues that confront retrofitting existing historic areas and illustrates these through case studies and examples of good practice.
Soho at the heart of the West End typifies in a very concentrated form the successes and problems facing historic central city areas. Street patterns laid out for the horse and cart, a characterful conservation area with scores of heritage buildings, activity 24/7 and business innovation across many sectors, it creates huge value for the UK economy and is a magnet for visitors. It is a melting pot and a much loved and valued area for all those who live, work or visit the area that is scheduled to become even busier in 2018 when Crossrail opens
Building Capacity for Community Asset Management (2000 - 2005)
The two related research projects (South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa) on building capacity for the management, life-time planning and physical maintenance of community assets in the built environment, in particular school and health buildings. This DFID-funded research was conducted in partnership with the Human Settlements Management Institute in Delhi, India, and with Commonwealth professional associations in South Africa, Kenya and Malawi, The research project resulted in the publication by MLC Press in 2005 of ‘The Rough Guide to Community Asset Management’.