The Council of Europe and the Industrial Heritage: A UK exemplar of the rehabilitated industrial heritage as a resource for society

Pickard, Robert (2018) The Council of Europe and the Industrial Heritage: A UK exemplar of the rehabilitated industrial heritage as a resource for society. In: Protection and Reuse of Industrial Heritage: Dilemmas, Problems, Examples. Monographic publications of ICOMOS Slovenia (2). ICOMOS Slovenia, Ljubljana, pp. 8-24. ISBN 978-961-288-673-8 [Book Section]


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This paper commences with a background of Council of Europe initiatives concerning the industrial heritage with particular reference to Western European countries from the mid 1980s to 1990, including an intergovernmental work programme and recommendations of the Committee of Ministers on industrial towns and on industrial heritage, and an international conference on heritage-led town regeneration. These highlighted the potential of industrial buildings for rehabilitation, as assets for reuse and development, as well as policy guidelines proposed for the regeneration of industrial environments. A number of UK examples were cited in this context including Dean Clough Mills, Gloucester Dock Warehouses, Ebley Mill and Battersea Power Station, which will be identified. Since the mid 1980s much has been achieved in terms of the safeguarding and rehabilitating the industrial heritage in Western Europe. Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) documents of 2011 and 2013 cited good practice in Germany Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and the UK. However, a PACE report and resolution on the Industrial Heritage in Europe of 2013 identified a different situation in the former communist countries and called for action to conserve this heritage by conversion to new sustainable uses, drawing on case studies and examples from elsewhere. The paper uses the UK as an exemplar by examining the situation and policy on the industrial heritage at risk, including marketing and awareness issues; the protection industrial sites; redundant (vacant) industrial buildings and how to protect or use them on temporary basis; constructive conservation (the protection and adaptation of historic buildings and places through actively managing change by working collaboratively with owners, architects and developers to develop proposals for sustainable and creative uses); guidance for developers; the role of non-profit organisations (where there is no apparent commercial solution); and outstanding problems. Different types of industrial buildings converted to commercial, residential and cultural uses will be examined. This paper was presented during the 2nd International Symposium on Cultural Heritage and Legal Issues, organized in October 2015 by ICOMOS Slovenia with the support of the Council of Europe, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural heritage in Slovenia, the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and TICCIH Slovenia.

Item Type: Book Section
Pickard, RobertUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: industrial heritage; rehabilitation; case studies; UK; Electric equipment; Electric power stations; cultural policy; protection of industrial heritage; public awareness; stakeholders; European policy; Council of Europe; history of conservation; heritage at risk; re-use; ownership; heritage conservation organizations; economic aspects; funding
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 07. History of conservation
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 16. Industrial and technical heritage
National Committee: Slovenia
Institutions & Partners: TICCIH
Number: 2
ISBN: 978-961-288-673-8
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2019 14:14
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 14:14

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