- Prof Tim Dixon
- total grant value: £4,189
- time duration: September 2004 - March 2007
This was also part of the continuing work on brownfield regeneration in the EPSRC SUBR: IM programme (Sustainable Urban Brownfield Regeneration: Integrated Management). This project was jointly conducted with the Universities of Cambridge and Reading, Kings College, BRE and Forest Research. The project combined social science and science disciplines and aimed to investigate how climate change can affect remediation techniques in the long term, particularly containment and barrier methods.
The ILM part of the research examined developer attitudes towards climate change and brownfield development and was based on an extensive national survey of developers and case studies in the Thames Gateway. A survey of developers was carried out in 2005. This was part of a larger project on flooding. A total of 1,231 questionnaires were sent out with 121 responses being received back, which represents a response rate of 9.8%. The relative perceptions of the respondents towards environmental risk suggest that contamination is more important than flood risk, subsidence or storm damage. To follow up the survey work, six interviews were also conducted with three practitioners and three developers.
When the responses of the 'developers' group (some 43 responses) towards climate change are examined it suggests that the potential impact of climate change on site remediation is not considered to be as substantive an issue as in the master plan/site layout; building design, construction and choice of materials phases of the building lifecycle. However, there were some group differences with residential developers placing more importance on remediation impacts than choice of materials or the construction process. Similarly most developers believed that subsidence, flooding and storms were more important than either higher temperatures or the increased risk of remediation schemes failing.
Finally in relation to remediation options, developers suggested that there was still some concern over the issue of future climate change. They would therefore be more likely to either reject a particular option, and use an alternative, or switch, if there were no additional costs. This suggests that developers are currently cost-driven in this respect.
- 'Climate Change, Pollutant Linkage and Brownfield Regeneration', Abir Al-Tabbaa, Sinead Smith, Cecile De Munck, Tim Dixon, Joe Doak, Stephen Garvin, and Mike Raco (2007) in Editors: Dixon, T., Raco, M. Catney, P. and Lerner, D.N. (2007) Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration: Liveable Places from Problem Spaces, Blackwells.