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Using a somewhat hazy crystal ball, this chapter attempts to project ahead on future changes, based on a backward look at practice over the past 50 years or so. The current annual costs of repair and remedial work in the UK is vari-
ously quoted as greater than 50 per cent of the output of the construction industry or £1 billion. As the concrete infrastructure ages, more structures will enter the renovation arena, and, since many current treatments have been shown to have relatively short lives (Section 7.7), further rounds of restoration are likely to be required in the longer term. Continuous asset management is here to stay, on a scale equal to, if not greater than, that for new construction. Under these circumstances, what changes might reasonably be expected, and what drivers will influence these?