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TOPSIS analysis for sustainable redevelopment potential of abandoned infrastructure in Nigeria.

Ogunnusi, Mercy; Salman, Huda; Laing, Richard


Richard Laing


Abandonment poses a range of effects detrimental to the development of a country such as Nigeria. Restoring such infrastructure in a sustainable manner is a challenge identified in the literature. The aim of this study is to evaluate a novel approach - TOPSIS to identify the sustainability criteria for the redevelopment of abandoned infrastructure in Nigeria. The literature evidences use of TOPSIS in various development contexts, but not in the context of redevelopment of abandoned infrastructure. This study explores the potential of TOPSIS in the sustainable redevelopment of abandoned infrastructure in Nigeria through a combination of a quantitative method of data collection – questionnaire – and a case study. The case study focuses on the abandoned Federal Government Secretariat in Lagos. One hundred and sixty-one (161) participants responded to the questionnaire. Data collected were analysed using TOPSIS Analytical Technique. Refurbishment is considered as the most sustainable alternative for the redevelopment of abandoned infrastructure. For criteria consideration, Structural Integrity and Foundation categorised under the technological attributes ranked highest for Refurbishment and Conversion alternatives. Waste Generation and Prevention, and Profitability top the list for Demolition and Procurement respectively. The social benefit of this study is to bring building considered to be an eyesore back into use. The findings from the analysis orchestrates the importance of the built environment research concentrating on innovative frameworks for sustainable redevelopment of abandoned structures in the construction industry.


OGUNNUSI, M., SALMAN, H. and LAING, R. 2022. TOPSIS analysis for sustainable redevelopment potential of abandoned infrastructure in Nigeria. Built environment project and asset management [online], 13(1): transforming the construction industry towards the next normal, pages 73-88. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 25, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 13, 2022
Publication Date Feb 28, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 28, 2022
Journal Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Print ISSN 2044-124X
Electronic ISSN 2044-1258
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 73-88
Keywords Abandoned; Infrastructure; Redevelopment; Refurbishment; Sustainable development; TOPSIS
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