BALANCE 4P: Balancing descisions for urban brownfeld regeneration- people, planet, profit and processes
Research Project , 2013 – 2015

Land take as a result of urbanization is one of the major soil threats in Europe. One of the key measures to prevent further urban sprawl and additional land take, is redevelopment of urban brownfields: underused urban areas with, in many cases, soil and groundwater pollution. A difficulty is that the responsibilities, tools and knowledge of subsurface engineering and urban planning and design are not integrated. The overall aim of BALANCE 4P is to deliver a holistic approach that supports sustainable urban renewal through the redevelopment of contaminated land and underused sites.

In order to reach the overall aim, the specific project objectives focus on different parts of the holistic approach:
1) application and assessment of methods for design of land redevelopment strategies for brownfields that embrace the case-specific opportunities and challenges;
2) development of a method for sustainability assessment of alternative land redevelopment strategies to evaluate and compare the ecological, economic and social impacts of land use change and remedial technologies; and
3) development of a practice for redevelopment of contaminated land in rules and regulations to enable implementations.


Jenny Norrman (contact)

Associate Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Jaan-Henrik Kain

Professor at Architecture

Lars Rosen

Full Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Yevheniya Volchko

Researcher at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering


City of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden

Delft University of Technology

Delft, Netherlands


Delft, Netherlands

Enveco Environmental Economics Consultancy


Flemish Institute for Technological Research

Mol, Belgium

r3 Environmental Technology Ltd

Reading, United Kingdom



Funding Chalmers participation during 2013–2015

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance

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