Demise of the demolition men?

Posted on by melanie

Demolition as we think we know it is already largely a thing of the past; revolutionized by high-tech engineering and sustainability solutions. But these may be just temporary works. Get Sust! has looked into the crystal wrecking ball and foresees more dramatic changes ahead.

Got a blot on your landscape? Is a massive carbuncle spoiling a princely purlieu? Once upon a time the knee-jerk reaction was to send in the bulldozers. In 2005 the nation’s favourite self-build champion Kevin McCloud hosted a prime-time ‘game show’ aimed at blasting the most hated buildings out of our towns and cities. More than 1000 buildings were nominated by the public, and the 2005 programme, Demolition, named a ‘dirty dozen’ that raised the most ire, two of which were demolished as part of the programme.

It was all good fun and played a considerable part in raising the profile of town planning – and sustainable construction – as have McCloud’s other popular TV shows, especially Grand Designs. But it’s a delightful irony that one of the main contenders for the wrecking ball went on to become a finalist in the 2013 Stirling Prize. Thanks to a dramatic renovation project by Urban Splash and Hawkins/Brown with Studio Egret West, Sheffield’s Park Hill flats are, so far, … . Read the full article on the NBS Sustainability hub.

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