Estate regeneration hit the headlines recently when the Prime Minister announced that 100 social housing estates will be transformed through a large-scale regeneration programme.
The UK has a long history of demolishing social housing and replacing it with new build estates, and talk has again focussed on rebuilding rather than refurbishing properties. But whilst starting afresh may be the best solution in some instances, many academics, community groups, and council officers are increasingly vocal about the benefits of making improvements to existing homes.
Demolition can be a very contentious option, not least because the delivery of new replacement homes can be slow, and the rehousing process can cause significant disruption to residents and communities.
In addition, redevelopment costs are considerably higher than those of refurbis…