The role of built environment practitioners in driving the socio-economic sustainability aspects of sustainable regeneration

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Akotia, J., Manu, E., Opoku, A. and Sackey, E. 2020. The role of built environment practitioners in driving the socio-economic sustainability aspects of sustainable regeneration. Construction Economics and Building. 20 (2), pp. 89-108. https://doi.org/10.5130/AJCEB.v20i2.7145
AuthorsAkotia, J., Manu, E., Opoku, A. and Sackey, E.
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In the United Kingdom (UK), over the past three decades efforts have been made to ensure adequate promotion of sustainability objectives through various policy initiatives. However, despite the effort and the existence of these policy initiatives, sustainability projects in particular, regeneration projects are yet to deliver their intended sustainability objectives. While there is a rise in demand for higher sustainability benefits by stakeholders such as clients, communities and policy makers, the delivery of sustainability benefits from sustainability regeneration projects are yet to meet the expectations of these stakeholders. This article provides an overview of sustainability benefits within the context of the sustainable regeneration projects in the UK from a study that examines the roles and sustainability drivers of construction practitioners towards the promotion of sustainability on their regeneration projects. To do so, a qualitative research approach is adopted using a semi-structured interview technique for the study. The data obtained was analysed using content analysis. The findings revealed that out of the eight socio-economic sustainability drivers presented to practitioners, enhancement of reputation was the most important ‘socio-economic’ sustainability driver while the least important driver was legislative and legal requirement. The findings further revealed that majority of practitioners/ organisations were promoting the socio-economic sustainability driver they believed will enable them to meet their own corporate business objectives.

JournalConstruction Economics and Building
Journal citation20 (2), pp. 89-108
ISSN2204-9029
Year2020
PublisherUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS) ePress
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5130/AJCEB.v20i2.7145
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Accepted08 May 2020
Deposited01 Jul 2020
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