"Best practice guidance for sustainable brownfield regeneration"

Regeneration of European Sites in Cities and Urban Environments

This website is for capturing all of the details from a research project in the framework of key action IV "Cities of tomorrow and cultural heritage" of the specific programme "Energy, environment and sustainable development" within the 5th Framework Programme of the European Community in the field of research, technological development and demonstration.

Problems to be solved:

The process of industrial change has resulted in the creation of so-called "brownfields" across Europe, particularly in urban areas. These sites present particular challenges to national and regional policymakers, including the remediation of hazards to human beings, groundwater and ecosystems. But there is also a need to facilitate the reintegration of rehabilitated sites into the property market and to ensure that they can be brought back into new economic uses. The management of the increasing amount of derelict land in inner city locations is one of the most important issues on the agendas of today´s urban planners and property related private stakeholders. Taking into account the ongoing consumption of open space for housing, retailing and industry, it is recognised that a sustainable built environment cannot be achieved without re-integrating derelict land into the property markets and encouraging development back to central urban locations.

Started in March 2002, RESCUE is a 36-month research project integrating the concept of sustainability into brownfield regeneration. Based on the analysis and evaluation of current practice in industrial core regions in France (Nord-Pas de Calais), United Kingdom (Derbyshire, North-East of England), Poland (Silesia) and Germany (Ruhr Area, Southern District of Leipzig), RESCUE distils best practice approaches at reduced costs and integrates its results into a holistic system approach containing new methodologies, procedures and instruments for a sustainable regeneration of European industrial brownfield sites.

Project Sponsors

As with all projects of this scale and nature it is very important to gain stakeholder participation and sponsorship. In addition to the European Community financial support, we are very pleased to have a range of commercial stakeholders who are contributing both financially and with advice based on their experience on the difficulties of solving these kind of problems. We would also like thank Clarinet : Contaminated Land Rehabilitation Experts and Samara James for their respective contributions.


More precisely, RESCUE intends to improve the quality of derelict land recycling in terms of the sustainability of the build environment and the quality of urban life. It will develop tools for the practical work of real estate owners, planners, architects, engineers and public authorities involved in the complex processes of brownfield regeneration projects. By reducing the costs of land rehabilitation, RESCUE will help to overcome the current obstacles in such projects, contribute to reduce the demand for greenfield development and therefore save natural resources. Based on concrete case study sites, the regeneration process will be broken down into the main steps of decision making and analysed along transnational work packages by interdisciplinary teams.

The results of this will be integrated into a Manual of a European System Approach for Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration. This Manual will provide both scientifically and practically tested guidance and substantial decision making tools for stakeholders, public administration and financial funding bodies. The checklists, performance indicators, evaluation criteria, examples of best practice etc. generated in RESCUE will be disseminated throughout the European Community and the EU Accession States to scientific networks and practical end users such as real estate owners, planners, architects, engineers, public entities and public and private financiers. Moreover, the results aim at supporting the formulation of European policies in derelict land recycling programmes as well as future decisions about the public funding of brownfield projects.

For further information click this link below (pdf-file).

Montan-Grundstücksgesellschaft mbH (MGG)
Mr Gernot Pahlen
Rellinghauserstr. 9
D-45128 Essen
0049/ (0) 201-177-1751
0049/ (0) 201-177-1846
Email: rescue@mgg.de