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Rethinking urban capacity: Identifying and appraising vacant buildings

Myers, Danny; Wyatt, Peter


Danny Myers

Peter Wyatt


Policies related to urban development and regeneration have prompted a need for greater levels of information concerning vacant land and property. A need is identified to create efficient use (and reuse) of existing real estate. Drawing on information primarily collected for property taxation, a methodology is presented to create comprehensive data sets relating to vacant non-domestic buildings to help identify the type, size and location of long-term vacant property. The case is made for this methodology to be extended and for improved access to comprehensive data to enable scarce real estate resources to be used in a more sustainable manner.


Myers, D., & Wyatt, P. (2004). Rethinking urban capacity: Identifying and appraising vacant buildings. Building Research and Information, 32(4), 285-292.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2004
Journal Building Research and Information
Print ISSN 1466-4321
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 4
Pages 285-292
Keywords urban capacity, vacant buildings
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Additional Information Additional Information : Lead author. Wyatt was the lead contractor on a series of research projects undertaken on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The aim of these projects was to obtain improved information on vacant land and buildings and develop a national vacancy statistic.

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