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Demolition or restoration?

Posted on by J Radford Group

When a building is in disrepair and in need of some TLC, there is often a train of thought that ultimately leads to demolition. This is a rash decision that is taken to clear away the perceived problems with property, but it isn’t the only answer.

Demolition or Restoration?

In this article we’ll argue against demolition, offering up a few reasons why restoration for a property is the better choice. Of course, this doesn’t go for every property, but it’s worth considering when you’re presented with the choice of demolition or restoration.

Don’t destroy history!

By tearing down any building you’re erasing it from history. It doesn’t have to be a listed building; any building has a history and can usually be rescued. By reducing history to rubble you remove any charm for surrounding properties, potentially devaluing the area.

Is it a local attraction?

You might not realise it, but many buildings can be a draw for reasons other than what’s inside them. There are some structures which just aren’t built anymore, with certain skills and fashions having died out a long time ago. To pull down these structures is to deny visitors the pleasure of viewing them. Many people will travel from afar to see and photograph certain buildings and get a glimpse into how the world used to be.

For some people it’s a hobby, while for others it’s just nice to see the various unique buildings that many towns and villages have to offer. You need only look up at some of the roof tops and intricate window decals to see that there is something worth saving.

Demolition can be more trouble

When you think about demolition you think about the eventual flattening of the building and clearance of the rubble. But it’s not as simple as tearing something down to start over again. Many buildings could be attached and it takes careful planning not to disturb these neighbouring structures.

If there aren’t neighbouring buildings then there are other things to consider too, like the danger of bringing down an old structure. Does it contain any asbestos? Will you need special permission and permits from local authorities to carry out the work? All these extra considerations can cost you in terms of both time and money.

Restoration could be cheaper

While certain areas of older buildings require specialist attention, by repurposing a building you can get more from it than by simply demolishing it. People appreciate original features and character more now in a world where new property can be sterile and generic. As previously mentioned, if there are unforeseen difficulties with razing a building it could end up costing you more than if you’d restored the property.

At J Radford Group, we’re passionate about building restoration, and that’s why we provide building conservation services for a variety of purposes. We can help you with your project when you’d rather restore a building to it’s former beauty than tear it down. Simply contact our team today to discuss your project.

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