| Project objectives:
SUBR:IM (Sustainable Urban Brownfield Regeneration: Integrated Management) is a major research consortium working on projects linking science and social
science in the fields of engineering, property and real estate, economics and planning to help tackle brownfield research problems.
At the heart of the project is a portfolio of brownfield sites in two regions, Manchester and the Thames Gateway. Both regions include some of the most deprived
communities in the UK, are important from a national perspective, and have substantial brownfield problems. By focussing the core research around a common
portfolio, we will automatically keep the work integrated and interdisciplinary. The portfolio, which contains a range of ‘hard' and ‘soft' end uses, also
encourages us to work on the problems actually facing developers, local authorities and other stakeholders, rather than specialist problems which have engineering
excitement but possibly little interest to end users. Scientists and social scientists will therefore be working on a common set of cast studies at the core.
As well as having a portfolio and project management work-package the core work packages will research a range of aspects of brownfield management, from understanding
how to measure sustainability, through analysis of decision-making, to developing robust technical solutions to land remediation. Allied to this core is
a range of ‘plus' projects which extend the research into waste issues, surface water, and alternative remediation techniques.
SUBR:IM includes 9 research institutions working on 11 projects linking science and social science in the fields of engineering, property and real estate,
economics and planning to help tackle brownfield research problems. The research includes key stake holders from industry and national and local government.
Project areas are:
A Project and portfolio management
B Role of development industry
C Multi-level decision making process
E Robust sustainable technical solutions
F Integrated remediation and greening
G Quality in land remediation
H Restoration of acid tar lagoons
I Impacts of climate change on pollutant linkage
Ja Property investment and brownfield development
Jb The governance of sustainable development
K Novel special purpose composts
L The use of charcoal for in-situ remediation
M Re-conceptualising brownfield regeneration
N Design for Deconstruction (DfD)
O Brownfields, flooding and climate change
P Designing and managing wetland habitat systems on brownfield land
Q Governance of Brownfield Regeneration: Institutions, Policies, Outcomes, and Best Practice in the UK and Germany