Refurbishment is a term used to describe a process of improvement by cleaning, decorating and re-equipping. It may also include elements of retrofitting with the aim of making a building more energy efficient and sustainable.
As a broad term, refurbishment is often used interchangeably with renovation or restoration (which is to do with restoring a building to its former condition). In general, refurbishment can encompass such works as ‘cosmetic’ renovations (such as painting and decorating), upgrading, major repair work, alterations, conversions, extensions and modernisations.
The lifecycle of a building can be significantly extended by effective refurbishment. As every building is unique, not only structurally, technically and typologically, but also in local context, the correct approach to refurbishment should be assessed according to the particular conditions.
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On 25 September applications open for the programme, supporting projects that run for a maximum of 2 years, with funding starting from 1 April 2018.
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Creative Europe Call - offering support for cooperation projects related to EYCH 2018 and targeting projects with a start date between January and September 2018 closes 22 Nov.
John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism has pledged the UK to helping save historic and artistic artefacts under threat in conflict-torn countries.
Entries to The European Association Awards (EAA) are now open and the deadline for entries is 5pm Friday 27th October 2017.
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England’s DCLG the package of support worth £22.8 million to help communities develop plans to give them a real say in the development of their area.
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