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Calcuating total area of polygons in one feature class within the boundary of another feature class?

Question asked by sineapril on Mar 23, 2018
Latest reply on Mar 23, 2018 by Dan_Patterson

I have two polygon layers - one of the wards (a uk zonal geography) within an area in the north of England, and one of all the buildings within that area. For each ward, I would like to know the total area covered by buildings within that ward. Ideally I could then add the total building area value as an attribute field in the ward layer attribute table. Any ideas on how to go about all this? I have tried using the spatial join and the split tool but neither of these seem to do what i'm asking. 


Really need to work this out for my final year uni project so all help is greatly appreciated.