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Bath-area pilot | Putting it off
Maintain our Heritage recently led a major research programme on maintenance issues.
Maintenance is recognised philosophically as the optimum strategy for the care of buildings. Yet there has only ever been a policy of passive endorsement of maintenance, not the pro-active encouragement and support it needs.
The report, Putting It Off, is the culmination of a wide-ranging research programme on maintenance issues. Maintain wants the report to stimulate debate and re-thinking. The time is ripe for a wholesale change in policy and practice – in Government, the construction industry, the professions, local authorities and owners – to promote the maintenance of historic buildings.
This report is not only for professionals and practitioners. Maintenance
is about attitudes as well as expertise and it is a cultural, economic,
environmental and social issue as well as a technical one. The target
audience is wide, covering all those with an interest and responsibility
for those issues.
The research programme started in 2002 and was completed in 2004.
Maintain our Heritage welcomes views and comments on the issues raised by the research. To contribute click here.
Maintain won funding from the DTI through Partners in Innovation for the programme. The other main funders were English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund, with contributions from Construction Industry Training Board and University of the West of England. The total budget was £185,000. The Pilgrim Trust made possible the development of the research proposal.
The full list of partners was: