Bulldoze or retrofit? Housing briefings at WYG

This week, Future Cities Forum discussed the urban housing dilemma: bulldoze or retrofit? To debate this, senior experts from local authorities, engineering, architecture and the mortgage industry gathered, to talk about the economics of new build housing and retrofitting existing stock for a low carbon city.

The research round table took place at WYG Group’s (now a Tetra Tech Company) London offices at One Angel Court. WYG has been appointed alongside 12 technical specialists to two Homes England national frame works that will support the public sector in delivering housing across the country. The Asbestos and Land Survey Frameworks will each span four years, enabling procurement of up to £30 million worth of services combined. WYG's team role on each project will be to help increase the pace, scale and quality of development to speed up homes delivery in areas facing high demand.

On the issue of retrofit Sir Steve Bullock, Chair of the Housing & Finance Institute and the Sutton Housing Partnership said: ‘Any provider of homes must think about retrofitting existing homes for energy efficiency and for the comfort of the residents. For local authorities this will be an increasing focus. Nottingham City Homes is market leader in this area, with a thirty year track record on improving energy conservation.