The sale of Somerlea Farm presents not only the chance to live in a Grade II listed farmhouse, but the opportunity to repair and reuse a building at risk, the neighbouring Malthouse.
Many local authorities and county councils produce their own BaR registers. English Heritage has a good list of who does keep a register. These vary in detail ranging from full colour documents with illustrations to simple lists or tables. These registers will usually contain buildings where work is underway and buildings where there is no possibility of reuse along with those which are in need of new owners or new uses. All are helpful and they form the basis of the SAVE register.
English Heritage produces a register of all Grade I and II* listed BaRs in England, and a comprehensive register of BaRs in London - this has now been amalgamated into the new Heritage at Risk project which also includes archaeological sites (‘scheduled monuments’), registered historic parks and gardens, registered battlefields and wreck sites. The buildings include occupied buildings and buildings under repair. You can view the entries for free via their website.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings produces a quarterly leaflet of listed buildings for sale which is available to members only via their website. For more details contact SPAB.
The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society maintains a comprehensive online Built Heritage at Risk Northern Ireland Register (BHARNI) which has been compiled in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. This can be accessed via their website.
The Scottish Civic Trust runs an excellent register of buildings at risk in Scotland available to view on a special website.
Don't forget to check small local estate agents. Quite often people underestimate the interest there is in buildings which need repair and consequently they are only marketed locally. You should also read the local papers to see if any buildings come up at auction.
A pair of late 19th-century houses in the Prittlewell Conservation Area in Southend, Essex listed on Essex County Council's Buildings at Risk Register have been saved from demolition giving renewed hope for the future of 59 and 61 East Street.
Extensive nation-wide coverage of the new Buildings at Risk Catalogue, Dare to Care, has already begun.
Know of a building at risk? Please get in touch with SAVE's Buildings at Risk Officer with any suggestions. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you! Please spread the word.