Project Details

Title: Brownfield Policy Improvement Task Force
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Cultural heritage and landscape

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Mar 2013
Website: http://www.bteaminitiative.eu


Total budget: €2,046,791.00
ERDF contribution: €1,532,598.25

Lead partner

Belfast City Council
4-10 Linenhall Street
BT2 8BP, Belfast City Council

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    • Contact Person: Keith Sutherland
      Phone: +44 28 90270559
      Fax: +44 28 90270501

Project summary

The issue of Brownfields has become a concern in Europe’s urbanised areas as a consequence of the industrial conversion. It is previously used land that has been made available and requires reclamation to a new use.


B-Team is a collaborative effort to influence existing and future policies on Brownfields through examples derived from successes and experiences of the partners. The partnership was developed to include a variety of cities and academic institutions across Europe.


Derelict sites that blight entire communities and stifle economic investment could be turned around more effectively by local authorities if new policies and approaches to the use of Brownfields are adopted. New policy proposals can hold the key to reviving deprived urban areas. Brownfield redevelopment has to become an important theme in environmental and other policies as governments try to implement new programmes to redevelop land that is previously used and abandoned and where redevelopment is complicated

by a real or perceived contamination.

The objectives of B-Team clearly address the issue of improving and transferring Brownfield policies in partner regions and beyond. The partners will be involved in activities and events leading to the elaboration of recommendations for relevant policies in their regions. The transfer of best practices will provide a unique opportunity to learn from each others' experiences and apply new approaches.

The Brownfield Days are the main activities of the project and will subsequently take place in every local authority partner’s location. Every Brownfield Days will have a specific policy focus, depending on the identified policies of the hosting partner. The potential for improvement/transfer to appropriate partners in other regions will be evaluated. For every partner who signs up to the policy transfer (Brownfield Pledge) the partners will jointly identify a Brownfield Policy Enabler who will work out recommendations to ensure the implementation of

the transfer.

Following the new or improved policy proposals, Brownfield land is set to be used more effectively and efficiently to support communities. The policy proposals will acknowledge the importance of reusing Brownfield land for a full range of activities.

The signing of the Brownfield Pledge will ensure that the results remain after the project's completion. The lessons learned are shared with other partners. The project demonstrates transferability by publishing the Brownfield Pledge and giving other interested parties the opportunity to adopt it. The Brownfield Pledge will ensure long term benefits by committing the partners to the improvement of their actions and policies. New EU-members will benefit from the existing experience of "old" partners, esp. concerning the transfer and adaptation to environmental, economic and procedural standards. In parallel established EU partners may profit from innovative, sometimes unorthodox solutions provided by new EU partners.

Project achievements

The collaborative effort by 14 partners from 11 different countries to infuence policies on Brownfields through sharing their experiences and successes officialy came to an end in March 2013. The 3-year partnership was aiming to improve and transfer Brownfield policies in partner regions and beyond. The exchange took mainly place in the so called Brownfield Days that took place in each city partner location.

The 1st Brownfield Days took place in Oulu/Finland in September 2010 focusing on land-use planning and cultural and community issues. According to the the partners' recommendations the hosting partnerfrom Oulu signed their Brownfield Pledge. The Pledge ensures long-term benefits after the project's completion by committing the partners to the improvement of their actions and policies.

The 2nd Brownfield Days took place in Torino/Italy in November 2010. The focus was on environment and urban regeneration.



The recommensations of the partners were incorporated into the Brownfield Pledge and approved by committee.

The 3rd Brownfield Days were held in Ruda Slaska/Poland in March 2011. As the coal mining industry was of significant importance for the local economy and vitality of the town, the emphasis was on risk management.

The 4th Brownfield Days were held in Sevilla/Spain in June 2011. The partners' experiences in re-imaging productive spaces were shared as Sevilla has vast areas of derelict industrial spaces such as ammunition and tobacco factories.

In July 2011 the City of Dresden hosted the 5th Brownfield Days.In various workshops the participants discussed land use structures and how to trigger redevelopment of Brownfields through temporary uses.

In October 2011 the 6th Brownfield Days took place in Vilnius/Lithuania with the focus on environmental issues, landscape, urban policies and stakeholder involvement.

The 7th Brownfield Days were successful conducted un Dublin/Ireland in May 2012. They focused on the role of urban spaces in the regeneration process. Sub-themes included the role of urban design, connectivity, diversity and vitality, heritage and natural environment.

The 8th Brownfield Days were held in Debrecen/Hungary in July 2012. They focused on sharing and exchanging experience concerning approaches of regenerating former military airports including residential, industrial and land contamination issues.


The final Brownfield Days took place in Belfast/Northern Ireland in September 2012. 3 case studies and related issues were explored: a) tackling city centre vacancies, b) stimulating socio-economic activities in former industrial areas and c) balancing contraints and site aspirations.

All 9 city partners had their own Brownfield Pledge approved by their respective Committee or Council and together further committed to continue cooperation and improvement of policies as stipulated in the 'Sevilla Pledge'.

As a project strategy, the results of previous Brownfield Days were presented in the European Dissemination Days (EDE). 4 EDEs took place in Dresden/Germany in December 2010, Hajdu-Bihar/Hungary in April 2011, Ruda Slaska/Poland in September 2011 and Vilnius/Lithuania in April 2012.


The Final Conference was organised in Sevilla /Spain in November 2012. More than 250 people from across Europe participated in the event.

An additional review workshop was organised in Austria in February 2013

The project website provides relevant information about the project and the partnership across Europe - and will continue to do so as it will be maintained by the partners.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Belfast City Council, Belfast City Council UNITED KINGDOM Northern Ireland +44 28 90270559
Hajdú-Bihar County Council, Debrecen HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold +36 52 507 509
City of Oulu, Urban and Environmental Services, City of Oulu FINLAND Pohjois-Suomi +358 8 558 42 301
Sevilla Global, Urban Agency for Comprehensive Development Seville City Council, Sevilla SPAIN Andalucía + 34 955 47 87 87
Municipality of Torino, Torino ITALY Piemonte +39 011 4437815
Municipality of Dresden – City Planning Office, Dresden GERMANY Dresden +49 (0) 351 488-3493
Vilnius City Municipal Government, Vilnius LITHUANIA Lietuva +370 5 211 2516
The City Hall of Ruda Śląska, Ruda Śląska POLAND Slaskie + 48 32 244 9046
Dublin City Council, Dublin IRELAND Southern and Eastern 00353 1 222 3483
Central Mining Institute, Katowice POLAND Slaskie +48 32 259 2296
Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein (AREC), Irdning AUSTRIA Steiermark 43368222451346
Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development, Dresden GERMANY Dresden 00 49 351 4679 231
Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, ÅS NORWAY 4793498634
University of Torino - Divapra, GRUGLIASCO (Torino) ITALY Piemonte +39 011 670 8519/7
Institution Maintenance Centre of Hajdú-Bihar County, Debrecen HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold +36 52 507 528


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