SAVE has used the power of public opinion, through press releases and reports, and the threat of legal action to rescue a series of major buildings from demolition and decay as well to fight for numerous local landmarks.
On three separate occasions SAVE has set up charitable trusts to restore threatened buildings - Barlaston Hall, Staffordshire, All Souls, Halifax and 6 Palace Street, Caernarfon. The SAVE Trust is currently restoring the Grade II* listed Castle House in Bridgwater.
Many of SAVE's campaigns have altered the way legislation now protects our built heritage.
Our attack on insensitive shop fronts contained guidelines now adopted by many local planning authorities.
SAVE was the first organisation to campaign for the introduction of the Thirty Year Rule which now makes outstanding post-war buildings in England and Wales eligible for listing.
SAVE has also been instrumental in changing public and professional attitudes, such as leading the way in promoting the reuse of redundant industrial buildings.
Many buildings have been saved as a direct result of featuring on the SAVE register of threatened historic buildings. This was the first register of its kind to be made available on the internet and remains a unique source of information for people looking to repair and reuse threatened historic buildings. Visit the buildings at risk section for more information.
Press release: SAVE welcomes new public piazza plans for the Strand
SAVE Britain's Heritage warmly welcomes proposals to pedestrianise a 200m stretch of the Strand in central London.
Europa Nostra delegation visits Grimsby Ice Factory
The Europa Nostra and European Investment Bank Institute 'Mission Visit' to Grimsby Ice Factory took place from 16-18 December 2018. The building was successfully nominated last year by SAVE Britain's Heritage, in conjunction with the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust, as one of Europe's 7 Most Endangered heritage sites.
Too good to lose. SAVE publishes new book on historic schools at risk
Our report Too good to lose. Historic schools at risk, published in November 2018, is prompted by national concern about the loss of historic school buildings and illustrates examples of fi ne buildings standing empty and deteriorating and others handsomely refurbished for new uses.
Press release: Miniature castle in Bridgwater, Somerset, emerges after 20 years of rescue battle
The scaffolding has come down! SAVE Britain’s Heritage is delighted to announce that the final stage of structural repairs and restoration of the façade of Castle House in Bridgwater, Somerset, has now completed. For the first time after many years, the elaborate concrete ornaments of this unique grade II* listed building are visible again.
Listing success! Historic cinema in London’s West End is celebrated and protected through listing
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is excited to announce the listing of the Empire Cinema on Haymarket in London’s West End. The decision today by Historic England, follows a high profile campaign by SAVE and the Cinemas Theatre Association to save the building from major demolition.
Press release: SAVE wins landmark judgement against the Secretary of State on giving reasons for call-in decisions
The Court of Appeal ruled today that ministers must abide by a published government policy and give reasons for call-in decisions on planning applications. This includes planning applications that were not called in – like the highly controversial Paddington Cube.
Star actress backs listing of the historic Empire cinema, Haymarket
The award winning film, television and theatre actress, Gillian Anderson OBE has written to Historic England backing our listing application for the Empire, Haymarket, and made a plea for the preservation of the interiors of this 1927 cinema.
Press release: The Welsh Streets: a transforming moment
SAVE's prolonged battle to prevent the needless and wasteful destruction of tens of thousands of decent terraced houses in the north of England has received triumphant vindication with the opening in August 2017 of the first restored houses in Liverpool's Welsh Streets.
Update: St Mary’s Grimsby is saved!
SAVE is delighted that St Mary’s Grimsby is to remain open following an announcement from the Bishop of Nottingham on 17 November.
Work begins on refurbishing Liverpool’s Welsh Streets
August will see the first phase of plans to restore and revive Liverpool’s Welsh Streets get underway, with a pilot scheme bringing the terraced houses on Voelas Street and High Park Street back into use.
Press release: SAVE unveils more details of ‘alternative scheme’ for Liverpool Lime Street
On the day of the Court of Appeal hearing, SAVE has published further details of its alternative scheme for Lime Street
Press release: Key victory as SAVE halts immediate demolition of Liverpool’s Futurist cinema at the Court of Appeal
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has won a key victory at the Court of Appeal in the fight to save the frontage of the 1912 Futurist cinema from immediate demolition.
Press Release: Success in Southend – two historic houses saved from demolition
SAVE is pleased to report that after four years of campaigning, 59-61 East Street, Southend-on-Sea, have been saved from demolition
Press release: Liverpool City Council and Plus Dane withdraw their legal challenge to the Welsh Streets Public Inquiry decision
Liverpool Council and Plus Dane withdraw their challenge, as Turner Prize is awarded to the Granby Four Streets
Press release: SAVE salutes King's College London's decision to withdrawn its planning application for the Strand
King's College London have withdrawn their plans to demolish 154-158 and façade 152-153 Strand, following overwhelming public opposition led by SAVE.
Press Release: Smithfield General Market is saved!
SAVE has won an overwhelming and resounding victory in the battle to save Smithfield General Market and the nearby Fish Market, both splendid examples of Victorian market halls.
Dockyard Church Rescue Deal Celebrated
The future of one of Kent’s most important buildings looks to be secure following a landmark rescue deal between a council and a building preservation trust.
Edwardian former mental hospital saved from demolition
A model Edwardian hospital of 1900 designed by London architects Giles Gough and Trollope set in rolling green fields on the lower slopes of the Brecon Beacons National Park has been saved from demolition by the unanimous vote of members of the planning committee of the National Park Authority. For over ten years the handsome stone-built hospital buildings have looked increasingly doomed as they have been vandalised and left to rot.
Watch SAVE Director, Clem Cecil, on BBC North West in Liverpool, talking about recent High Court ruling on transitional funds
Watch SAVE Director, Clem Cecil, on BBC North West in Liverpool on 20 September talking about the recent High Court ruling (18 September) on Pathfinder transitional funds
TWO VICTORIES AGAINST THE SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE HIGH COURT FOR SAVE BRITAIN'S HERITAGE
SAVE Britain's Heritage has won two major high court rulings in their decade-long campaign to end housing destruction in the north of England, both of which will potentially save thousands of homes from the bulldozer and bring in a new era of neighbourhood refurbishment.
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
The house and its contents were handed to the National Trust Following a lightening SAVE campaign.
The Grange, Hampshire
Thanks to the threat of legal action by SAVE this great neo-classical house has been restored from dereliction and is now accessible to the public.
Peninsula Barracks, Winchester
A scheme prepared by SAVE and local architect Huw Thomas for the conversion of the redundant barracks has been successfully implemented, creating a hundred homes in the city centre.
Barlaston Hall, Staffordshire
A Grade I Palladian villa by Sir Robert Taylor.
All Souls, Halifax
A redundant church regarded by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as his finest church.
6 Palace Street, Caernarfon
The oldest building in the town after the castle.
Unforgiveable Assault on a World Heritage Site
Goodbye to the landscape of the famous Villas of the Veneto as factory sheds march unchecked across open countryside.