New publication: Big Saves: Heroic transformations of great landmarks

6 May 2016

SAVE publishes Big Saves: Heroic transformations of great landmarks

Pre-order your copy now from SAVE’s website

SAVE's latest publication shows how Britain has led the way in breathing new life into great historic buildings, from naval dockyards to textile mills, grand hotels to hospitals, town halls to power stations, and many more.

Marcus Binney tells the stories of these rescues in over 50 detailed case studies, many of them the direct or indirect result of campaigns and projects launched and commissioned by SAVE.

These are buildings which half a century ago would rarely have survived. Their revival is a creative process showing that all over Britain and beyond, historic buildings can be beacons of new life in both booming and declining economies.
Once repaired and transformed, sometimes after years of decay, they provide places to work, live and visit. More than this they are powerful regeneration projects in places which need investment.
The book is a blueprint for action showing how to save an architectural marvel, and the many examples featured can be an inspiration to everyone who cherishes a local landmark.
Big Saves is due to be launched on 1 June 2016. It can be pre-ordered via SAVE’s website and is priced at £25 (£20 for SAVE friends) plus £2.50 postage.

Review copies are available both in electronic form and as hard copies.

Marcus Binney, Executive President of SAVE said: “Big Saves chronicles 40 years of campaigning to show how new life can be breathed into great landmarks. Victorian covered markets, mighty mills, warehouses and factories, naval dockyards and military barracks, hospitals and town halls fall out of use but need not be pensioners on the State. With the help of imaginative architects and enterprising developers they can become good investments and earn their keep for years to come.”

Note to editors:

1. For more information please contact Mike Fox, Deputy Director at SAVE on 0207 253 3500 or

2. Big Saves features major cases from across the UK, including London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Bradford, Bristol, Exeter, Harrogate, Norfolk and Derbyshire, as well as international cases from Spain, China, Germany and the United States of America
3. Big Saves has been sponsored by David Morley Architects, whose work at Lister Mills in Bradford is included in the book, as well as being featured on the front cover. Sponsorship has also been received from Urban Space Management, Battersea Power Station, and City & Country. SAVE is very grateful to all our sponsors, as well as all those who have helped with research and pictures.
4. SAVE Britain’s Heritage has been campaigning for historic buildings since its formation in 1975 by a group of architectural historians, writers, journalists and planners. It is a strong, independent voice in conservation, free to respond rapidly to emergencies and to speak out loud for the historic built environment.

Press release issued by SAVE Britain’s Heritage

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