Title: Optimising Value from the Soft Re-use of Brownfield Sites 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> journal article 
Country: United Kingdom 
Language(s): English
Year: 2016 
Author 1/Producer: Paul Bardos 
Other Authors/Producers: Jones, S., Stephenson, I., Menger, P., Beumer, V., Neonato, F., Maring, L., Ferber, U., Track, T. and Wendler, K 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Journal: Science of the Total Environment 
Journal Web Link: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/science-of-the-total-environment/  
Start Page: x 
End Page: x 
Publisher Country: Netherlands 
Publisher web link (root): http://www.journals.elsevier.com/science-of-the-total-environment/
Article Weblink (=direct link): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.12.002  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Brownfields
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Assessment tools
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Economic
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Social
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
Short description: Highlights • The FP7 HOMBRE project has been investigating the soft re-use of brownfield sites. • The multiple benefits of soft re-uses of brownfields may not be easy to value. • Considering specific project services provides a way of examining overall value. • “Overall value” combines tangible & nontangible elements, linked to sustainability. • Conceptual site models can be used to clearly describe services & sustainability. 
Long description: Soft re-use of brownfields describes intended temporary or final re-uses of brownfield sites which are not based on built constructions or infrastructure (‘hard’ re-use). Examples of soft re-uses include the creation of public green space. These are essentially uses where the soil is not sealed. Often the case for soft re-use of brownfields has not been easy to demonstrate in strictly financial terms. The purpose of this paper is to describe a value based approach to identify and optimise services provided by the restoration of brownfields to soft re-uses, on a permanent or interim basis. A ‘Brownfield Opportunity Matrix’ is suggested as means of identifying and discussing soft restoration opportunities. The use of ‘sustainability linkages’ is suggested as a means of understanding the sustainability of the services under consideration and providing a structure for the overall valuation of restoration work, for example as part of design or option appraisal processes, or to support the solicitation of interest in a project.  
Link to Project(s): HOMBRE HOlistic Management of Brownfield REgeneration
Link to Organisation(s): r3 environmental technology limited
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 15/04/2016

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