Feedback and Engagements
All stakeholders involved in change-of use adaption for obsolete buildings are invited to share their professional views and experience in a survey being conducted by the University of Adelaide.
The SurveyResearch is underway on key barriers to the feasibility of ‘change-of-use’ conversions of non-heritage buildings within Australia. The case study will be based on Adelaide’s CBD, where commercial building vacancy rates are persistently reported as significant problems. The research study however is interested in gathering data from professionals across Australia.
BackgroundObsolete buildings stand empty and fall into disrepair or face premature demolition if a change-of-use is not feasible. This has economic, social and environmental consequences. Some state governments are starting to take steps to acknowledge the benefits of adaptive reuse. However, there is significant industry discussion of barriers to change-of-use conversion. There are broad brush claims that barriers often stem from building regulation and its enforcement. But beyond the rhetoric, there is a lack of detail and hard evidence to back-up claims of regulatory barriers to ‘change-of-use’ conversion.
Who should participateParticipation in the survey is welcome from all stakeholders involved in adaptive reuse developments, including regulation officials, building owners and built environment consultants. This research is led by Professor George Zillante, Professor Veronica Soebarto and researcher Gillian Armstrong, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
The results of the research will be shared with participants at the end of the study, if they so wish.