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: