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MIPIM VIDEO | Decarbonising heritage buildings

Demolition should be a last resort; the focus must be on adapting existing building stock for generations to come, according to Tom Brigden and Lorna Crane of Purcell.

Crane is a senior architect and Brigden is a partner at architecture, heritage consultancy and masterplanning firm Purcell.

  • Hear their comments in the video above or on YouTube

Alongside reducing carbon output, they also shone a spotlight on the value of retaining heritage buildings.

Tom Brigden said: “Historic buildings are often the centre of their communities. They’re really valuable places and they mean a lot to the people around them. We see these projects as great opportunities to engage with local communities and bring them along through the process.”

“We talk a lot about resilience for our buildings”, Crane added. “If we enable them to adapt and change, and be fluid and flexible, they can move forward.”

Purcell is one of the largest teams of heritage experts working in architecture. Find out more.

 

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