SAVE in the news: June 2023

4th July 2023

SAVE’s phone has been ringing off the hook this month with requests from TV, radio and newspaper journalists wanting to interview our Buildings at Risk officer Liz Fuller about the new BaR entries – from the Yorkshire Post to the Daily Star. The inclusion of a 10-sided Edwardian urinal sparked particular interest, making headlines in The Times, the BBC and The Week. News of Britain’s at-risk heritage even made it as far as Turkey.

Surveyor Ed Morton’s detailed inspection of Ayr Station Hotel for SAVE made positive headlines in the Herald, Daily Record and Ayr Advertiser, with more expected once his report is finished.

Damaging plans at Liverpool Street Station continue to provoke debate, with Richard Morrison using his Times arts column to advise the City of London to tell the architect “to come back when it has something more inspiring to show us”.

The Ecologist magazine ran a closely argued critique of Sadiq Khan’s new memoir, Breathe, and his record on the environment, a fair chunk of which was devoted to the M&S Oxford Street public inquiry. Meanwhile the Times ran a whole supplement on retrofit and green building which featured a number of SAVE cases.

The Court of Appeal’s disappointing decision on SAVE’s long fight to save a Victorian school in Garway was covered in the Hereford Times, Monmouthshire Beacon and a planning trade magazine.

There was a flurry of interest in our casework in Manchester, including our letter objecting to plans to demolish a listed building and historic carriageworks to make way for a 14-storey tower in the Parsonage Gardens conservation area, and another supporting the council’s rejection of a £58m block of student flats in the the Shudehill conservation area. Both would have a damaging effect on the city’s industrial heritage.

And finally… The Daily Telegraph ran an interview with a former SAVE director Will Palin about the £9.5m restoration and conversion into enterprise space of the grade II-listed Dockyard Church in Sheerness.


Note to editors

1. For more information contact Elizabeth Hopkirk – / 020 7253 3500

2. SAVE Britain’s Heritage is an independent voice in conservation that fights for threatened historic buildings and sustainable reuses. We stand apart from other organisations by bringing together architects, engineers, planners and investors to offer viable alternative proposals.