To what extent does the possible stigma attached to basements hinder the use of underground space in housing developments?

Collins, Ben (2010) To what extent does the possible stigma attached to basements hinder the use of underground space in housing developments? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study aimed to identify whether the public had a generally negative opinion of basements in houses. It attempted to distinguish any links between this initial opinion and the effects this may have on the developer’s willingness to provide. Through secondary research, it was acknowledged that there are numerous benefits to implementing basements; however they are still not commonplace in modern developments. This dissertation endeavoured to find out why that is, using primary research, data was obtained from both the public and developers, in order to prove or disprove initial hypotheses. The theory proposed was that there is a predominantly negative opinion towards basements, and as a result developers are reluctant to provide. Following an analysis of the data collected it became apparent that there was in fact an initially negative opinion amongst the public sample group, however it transpired that their opinions became more positive once being showed examples of modern basements. That being said, this research also identified that public negativity was not the main reason behind lack of provision by developers, concerns regarding costs and unforeseen problems were. Although this study provides answers to the questions posed at the outset, this does not fully identify why basements are not commonly included in developments, as such it is argued that further in depth research is required to fully address the remaining issues surrounding the lack of basements in the UK’s ‘new build’ housing.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/872

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