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THE COST OF DEMOLITION: The Radical Reuse of Buildings



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Building on the practice’s work over the last 15+ years, from the radical wrapping of a 1980s house in an insulated zinc skin to the recent bold transformation of a 1930s family home, this discussion poses questions of how radical reuse rather than demolition and replacement can help us meet the environmental challenges of our day.  The talk will explore how through reusing existing and often ordinary buildings, we can significantly improve environmental performance whilst contributing positively to the special contexts in which we build. They consider how to push against a system which incentivises clients to demolish existing buildings and how we rethink the reflex to demolish and propose imaginative solutions for transformation. 

James Grayley Architects is an award-winning practice based in London and Bath with a rich track record of working across a broad spectrum of sectors and scales to create well-crafted architecture. The practice has a focus on working in sensitive and historic sites to deliver high quality and unique housing, community and cultural projects.

The Museum of Bath Architecture is housed in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, the Paragon Bath BA1 2LR.

Door will open at 5:30pm to allow an opportunity for ticket holders to explore the museum before the talk.

The event starts at 6pm.

 Accessibility: The entrance, and main museum room which houses the museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions are all level access. There are three steps up to the ‘Countess’ Room’ which explains the history of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, for whom the chapel was built and three steps up to the back of the scale model of Bath. Assistance dogs are welcome. Unfortunately, the museum toilets are located up three steps and then down a flight of stairs.

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