🕑 Reading time: 1 minuteFacade retention is a method of building rehabilitation to bring changes to interior of the building structure. Advantages of facade retention in building construction is discussed.
- Historic Buildings Redevelopment using Facade Retention
- What is Facade Retention?
- Facade Retention and Low Key Rehabilitation
- Advantages of Facade Retention in Building Construction
- 1. Higher Demand for Precious Buildings
- 2. Facade Retention Gains Financial Aid
- 3. Facade Retention does not require any Planning Permission
- 3. Facade Retention Increases the Floor Area with the Insertion of Additional Floors
- 4. Plot Ratio Control
- 5. Suitable Buildings are Available
- 6. The Architectural Value of Facade
- 7. Structural Weakness of the interior is improved
- 9. Problems Related to the Unsatisfactory Internal Layout is Solved
- 10. Facade Retention may Enable Compliance with the Fire Regulations
- 11. Client Requirements are Achieved
Historic Buildings Redevelopment using Facade RetentionLack of open sites to bring new buildings in the town and the cities as a part of development are often aggravated. It is hence found necessary for the developers to focus on the existing buildings to find a source for accommodation. The changing demands of the society and the commerce have made many of the old buildings redundant for reconstruction. Such building even though continues to provide service have become obsolete. If the old buildings have a strong architecture and structure; a redevelopment is made possible. The redevelopment can be carried out in varying degrees. They can be a least drastic option called the 'low key' rehabilitation which include retention of all the building finishes as well as the services. Small changes are only made to the building in this method. Or the redevelopment can be carried based on the most drastic option; i.e. the total demolition, which will be followed by the construction of the entirely new building.
What is Facade Retention?Facade retention as the name says, it retains the facade of precious buildings and brings changes to the interior of the structures. For those buildings, whose status lies in the exterior view only, the method of facade retention as a method of redevelopment can be applied. The process involves the complete demolition of the building's interior and erecting a new structure behind the retained facade.
Fig.1: Facade retention construction carried out; The interior of the structure is completely reconstructed through steel construction
Facade Retention and Low Key RehabilitationFacade retention forms a drastic form of building rehabilitation. This method does not follow certain advantages that are gained by the low key rehabilitation. They are:
- The low key rehabilitation when compared to complete demolition, is less expensive. The facade retention method possesses certain structural complexities that make them expensive compared to low key rehabilitation.
- The time taken by Low key rehabilitation is less compared to building demolition and new construction. This also gain many economic advantages that are not possessed by the facade retention method.