The refurbishing of warehousing through the re-cycling and upgrading of existing derelict or redundant warehouses and factories has most certainly been on the rise in recent years.
Most of the reasons can be attributed to those advantages that can be gained by refurbishment over new build, although in cases of listed buildings or conservation areas, buildings may offer no choice other than to refurb.
If an existing building is available in the most desired location, then options between refurbishment and new build will have to be carefully considered. It may well be that recycle and refurbishment is a more viable than new.
Modern advances in commerce and industry, and changing standards in working environments have led to an abundant supply of outdated or obsolete buildings which are suitable for conversion and refurbishment.
Transportation over the years has shifted from canal-side and riverside, to rail-side, and todays arterial systems which are mostly motorway based, leave a wealth of warehousing and redundant factories for re-use and refurbishment.
The commercial advantage of refurbishment over new build appeal to many sectors. There are savings in time in design and planning permission, and generally a shorter development period than that involving demolition, clearance, land remediation and construction, which generally involve higher cost than refurbishment.
Since many of the buildings elements are already constructed, there is a low starting base, but the state of possible neglect or deterioration plus bringing work- safety and fire-safety up to their current regulatory levels may affect the overall costings, however the savings achieved by the re-use of most of the existing elements of the building and the shorter development period carry their own benefits.
The refurbishment can take many differing levels of work, from simply changing the internal outlook, a brightening up of an environment, the possible addition of a new facility, to a complete change in the style and nature of the building.
There are some circumstances where the simple application of a few lengths of plastic cladding can give the feel of substantial update, upgrade and refurbishment.