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Restoration of terraced housing
A report into a Government proposal to demolish tens of thousands of terraced homes stretching from Liverpool to Newcastle. Terraced housing was introduced to London through the creation of Georgian squares. The idea was then used to satisfy the requirement for mass housing resulting from industrialisation. Tens of thousands of northern terraced homes now lie empty and this report challenges a Government proposal to demolish many of these terraces and instead build modern housing. Marcus Binney of the conservation group SAVE Britain's Heritage argues they should be saved, modernised and made liveable. This idea is supported by Tom Bloxham from commercial developer 'Urban Splash' who is renovating a small number, turning them into modern and sought-after homes. First broadcast in The Culture Show in June 2006.
This clip will support teaching of the unit on Value and Use of the Built Environment at foundation level, Communities and Facilities Management at higher level and Adding Value to the Wider Community and Protecting and Maintaining at advanced level. It provides a good insight into issues surrounding the need to balance preserving our heritage with the practicalities of modern living. Following the clip students could be asked at foundation level to consider what would happen if we just left buildings to deteriorate and decline; at higher level investigate using the internet what type of regeneration is taking place in the local area; at advanced level research what type of buildings may be reused for housing and why.
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