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Model for the maintenance-focussed heritage building conservation

Arturo Cruz (Faculty of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia)
Vaughan Coffey (Academic Lead Learning and Teaching (Built Environment), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia)
Tommy H.T. Chan (Faculty of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia)
Miljenka Perovic (Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Article publication date: 29 March 2021

Issue publication date: 1 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper presents and illustrates the model of a maintenance-focussed conservation plan developed in the thesis. It proposes a framework which puts more emphasis on maintenance in conservation than reconstruction, restorations, repairs or even a “do-nothing” approach.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was conducted in an Australian context, where many major buildings are categorised as being “modern heritage”. However, the main problem with modern heritage is that although it has become more celebrated within the architectural historical sector, maintenance is still only in the background of most facility management (FM) operations, and its critical importance has yet to become accepted as a potential solution to greatly facilitate the proper preservation of the nation's architectural legacy. Challenges and barriers to this approach were evaluated, whilst opportunities were identified to improve a failing current situation that has resulted in the loss of many existing heritage structures. The paper makes a strong case in order to highlight the necessity of embedding a maintenance approach in preserving the historical fabric of buildings in the heritage conservation sector.

Findings

This research examines the key strategies for a maintenance-focussed conservation system.

Originality/value

The paper tackles experiences and issues in Australia about a lack of focus on maintenance as a conservation intervention.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgement to be given to the property managers and conservators of the three case study buildings, namely: Brisbane City Hall, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Exhibition Building including the 17 heritage conservation experts who shared their valuable experiences and knowledge and together with another seven experts who validated the results and this framework during the focus group discussion held on SAHC2016 in Belgium. Names and identities are withheld for privacy.

Citation

Cruz, A., Coffey, V., H.T. Chan, T. and Perovic, M. (2022), "Model for the maintenance-focussed heritage building conservation", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 309-320. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-09-2020-0127

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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