Putting It Off

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Our “Putting it off” Research Programme

Maintain our Heritage recently led a major research programme on maintenance issues.

Maintenance is recognised as the optimum strategy for the care of buildings.
Yet the UK has only ever had 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.

The research was divided into seven modules, all of which can be downloaded from this site:

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Putting It Off: The final report

Maintain our Heritage
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Best Practice Maintenance Management for Listed Buildings

University of the West of England
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Individual Owners Approaches to the Maintenance of their Listed Buildings

University of the West of England
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The Provision of Commercial Maintenance Services for Listed Buildings

University of the West of England
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Technology – A review of products and services within the field of preventative inspection and maintenance of buildings

Arup Research and Development
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Demand and Supply: Building the Business Case for Planned Maintenance

Arup Research and Development
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Maintenance Education and Training for Listed Buildings

De Montfort Experties Limited (for Arp Rersearch and Development)
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Maintain our Heritage welcomes views and comments on the issues raised by the research. To comment, click here .

Maintain won funding from the UK Department of Trade & Industry through its Partners in Innovation 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:

  • Maintain our Heritage

  • Association of British Insurers

  • British Institute of Facilities Management

  • Build Assured

  • Cadw (Wales)

  • Chartered Institute of Building

  • Construction Industry Research and Information Association

  • Construction Industry Training Board

  • DTI (Department for Trade and Industry)

  • English Heritage

  • Environment & Heritage Service (Northern Ireland)

  • Heritage Building Contractors Group

  • Heritage Information Trust

  • Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Historic Scotland

  • Institute of Historic Building Conservation

  • Institute of Maintenance and Building Management

  • National Trust

  • University of the West of England, Bristol

  • Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings