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Issue No. 52 IN THIS ISSUE

Appropriate Development Paving for rural development

Construction futures Sustainable towers IMPACT Project


Industrial waste as aggregate Progress on chilled beams

Flood defence IMPACT Project


Industrial waste as aggregate Measuring road condition Paving for rural development


Managing knowledge Materials


Electronic toolboxes for timber 4 Industrial waste as aggregate


New stainless SteelCAL module 6 Recycling architectural flat glass 7 Strengthening concrete structures 5 Sustainable steel construction

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New stainless SteelCAL module 6 Progress on chilled beams Sustainable towers

Sustainable steel construction

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Strengthening concrete structures 5 Water engineering

Harmonising water management 5

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Recycling architectural flat glass 7 Sustainable towers

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February 2003

Building homes for the future No-one in the property market could have failed to notice the current enthusiasm

for the development of brownfield sites. In the UK there are an estimated 360,000 hectares of previously used land, a considerable proportion of which is undeveloped. With a projected 4.4 million new dwellings required by 2016, brownfield development should present an attractive proposition. The reality, however, is that many landowners and developers are still reluctant to embark along the path of land remediation. A new CIRIA guide aims to help clients step-by-step through the process.


rownfield development can be more complex than construction on ‘greenfield’ sites. Even an undeveloped site will often require clearance before construction can begin. Add to this an element of land con- tamination and confidence wanes. There is also a lack of confidence in the outcome of remedi- ation processes.

Certainly there are disadvantages associated with developing previously used land but, as those who have ventured into this area will testify, the problems are usually outweighed by the benefits. VAT relief for refurbishment work, landfill tax and stamp duty exemptions, financial support from redevelopment agencies, and tax credits of 150% specifically for the redevelopment of contaminated land are all advantages that help to make brownfield projects highly profitable.

CIRIA has produced the first comprehensive guide for clients to manage brownfield development. Its aim is to offer clients at all levels (public and private sector) a step-by-step guide, identifying the main issues they will encounter, whether legal, technical or financial. The uniformity of the issues faced means that the guide is equally applicable to those engaging in housing projects or commercial, industrial and retail development. Its comprehensive nature means that it may also be of benefit to those organisations already active in this field.

For further information please contact CIRIA (020 7222 8891; fax: 020 7222 1708; E-mail:; website:

Development on previously used land. (Photo courtesy of Lattice Property)

Innovation & Research Focus Issue 51 NOVEMBER 2002


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