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In most cities of north-west Europe there are brownfield areas
(land that has already been built on) that need to be revitalised
to preserve or improve the quality of urban living. The
revitalisation of brownfield land will not only enhance the urban
landscape but can also create new employment and stimulate the
Every country has its own approach to brownfield regeneration,
mainly due to specific national rules and guidelines. The six
partners in the REVIT project confront brownfield problems that are
essentially very similar and can be tackled more effectively by
improved co-operation. The overall goal of REVIT was to increase
the efficiency and sustainability of brownfield regeneration policy
significantly, through transnational co-operation. Project partners
- Stuttgart (Lead partner -Germany);
- Nantes (France);
- Tilburg (The Netherlands);
- Hengelo (The Netherlands);
- Torfaen (Wales).
REVIT was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund
(ERDF) under the Interreg IIIB initiative. This funding stream
supports transnational co-operation in spatial development between
local, regional and national authorities. To achieve project goals,
partners focussed on three common co-operation issues:
- formal and informal brownfield regeneration instruments and
methods that stimulate community involvement;
- new financing techniques, public-private partnership models and
the re-use of marketing concepts;
- multi-functional development; preservation and intelligent
re-use of industrial heritage; elimination of environmental damages
as well as protection of natural assets.
Medway is one of the biggest urban areas in the south-east
outside London. Brownfield land covers around 4.7 per cent of the
city's surface and are mainly located along the riverside.
The Medway waterfront is of strategic importance. The river has
played a pivotal role in the history and development of the area
since the 16th century, with the arrival of the Chatham Dockyard.
However, in 1984 the dockyard closed and large areas of redundant
land were created. In other parts of the Medway waterfront,
industrial and marine activities have been restructured, creating
further brownfield land. Access to the waterfront can be limited
and there is a legacy of contamination and decay.
The sites require ground remediation, flood protection and new
infrastructure to facilitate redevelopment and integration into
existing Medway facilities. Finally, there is the need to put in
place the appropriate support structures to create a sustainable
community. With the help of REVIT this vision will be realised.
continued until autumn 2007.
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