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PRESS RELEASE: SAVE calls for urgent building survey following fire at Ayr Station Hotel
SAVE Britain's Heritage is shocked and saddened that a major fire took hold of Ayr Station hotel yesterday, the second fire to hit the historic building in just four months. SAVE calls for urgent survey of the building to understand structural condition post fire
PRESS RELEASE: Breakthrough survey of Ayr Station Hotel transforms the debate on its future
Game changing report published on eve of special Full Council meeting shows that repair and reuse options are perfectly practical and should remain on the table
Building of the Month September 2023 - Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1YD
This monumental Derbyshire mill in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site has proposals in place for conversion but no news of when they will proceed.
Disused railway structures: asset or liability?
Two years on from when the alarm was first sounded, Graeme Bickerdike considers the contentious infilling of legacy railway structures by National Highways.
Building of the Month August 2023: The Mechanics Institute, 4-8 Cross Green, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1AL
The Mechanics Institute is a handsome gem within the town of Otley dating back to 1870. Despite its rich and diverse past, it is currently in desperate need and has been the target of a number of unsympathetic planning applications.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE salutes M&S decision as ‘watershed moment’ that links the benefits of carbon reduction and heritage for the first time
Secretary of State cites heritage, design and sustainability issues in landmark ruling
SAVE welcomes Secretary of State's ruling on M&S Oxford St
Victory for SAVE as Michael Gove refuses permission for highly controversial demolition and rebuild plans
NOT QUITE LAST ORDERS: Historic potteries pub saved from the bulldozers
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is pleased to report that plans to flatten a historic public house in Stoke-on-Trent have been refused by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Building of the Month July 2023: Moor Houses Farmhouse, near Allendale, Northumberland, NE47 9DW
Standing in beautiful, open moorland, this collection of historic farm buildings is thought to have been abandoned. Surviving bastle houses of this age are relatively rare so a rescue for these ruined buildings would be a significant save.
SAVE in the news: June 2023
SAVE’s phone has been ringing off the hook this month with requests from TV, radio and newspapers wanting to interview our Buildings at Risk officer Liz Fuller, from The Times to the Daily Star.
SAVE urges government to plug damaging planning loophole as battle for local Victorian school runs out of road
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is disappointed that the Court of Appeal has found against our legal objections to the planned demolition of a historic former school in Garway, Herefordshire.
Reuse Me, Don't Lose Me: 2023 Buildings at Risk New Entries List
SAVE Britain's Heritage is today adding nearly 70 new entries to our Buildings at Risk register, bringing the total number of empty historic buildings at risk of demolition or dereliction on the register to over 1,400. This article provides a handy snapshot of the new entries.
Full entries appear on the online register which is available to Friends and Saviours of SAVE. Click here to join SAVE.
PRESS RELEASE: Close-up building survey reveals ‘stunning’ details of Ayr Station Hotel still intact
Specialist building engineer scales the scaffolding at Ayr Station Hotel to establish condition of historic landmark
Building of the Month June 2023: Anton Laundry, 24 Marlborough Street, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1DQ
The Anton Laundry, which stands near the banks of the river Anton, in Andover has a fascinating history dating from the 15th century. The grade II listed building is in a very poor condition after long neglect and multiple fires and needs targeted action.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage heads to Court of Appeal in bid to rescue and repurpose Victorian village school
Our campaign to save a historic Victorian school building in Herefordshire from imminent demolition is set to culminate this Thursday at the Court of Appeal in London.
SAVE to showcase alternative vision for threatened Devon Mills at public meeting
Public meeting to be co-hosted by SAVE and Newton Abbot & District Civic Society on 16th May 2023 with speakers including architect Jonathan Dransfield
Building of the Month May 2023: Primitive Methodist Chapel, Queen Street, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4DZ
This distinctive, unlisted Primitive Methodist Chapel has been neglected for a number of years but had permission for conversion to flats. It stands on a pleasant road in the centre of the town which is near to Shaftesbury, Bruton and beautiful countryside.
LISTING SUCCESS: Historic art gallery saved from demolition
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is delighted to report that 19-20 Cork Street in the heart of London’s historic contemporary art district has been granted grade II listing protection
PRESS RELEASE: Green light for SAVE to challenge school demolition in Court of Appeal
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has been granted permission by the Court of Appeal to challenge plans to demolish a historic Victorian school building in Garway, Herefordshire
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE publishes report on M&S Oxford Street campaign
Decision on landmark case expected from Secretary of State ‘on or before 3rd May’
BRANDON BACK ON TRACK: SAVE welcomes repair proposals for historic Suffolk station roof
Swift intervention and specialist advice commissioned by SAVE averts demolition of roof at country station in favour of sensitive repairs
Georgian gems granted listing protection in the battle for Museum Street
A series of fine but neglected early 19th century buildings just metres from the British Museum have been granted listing protection in the face of controversial development plans
LIGHTS. CAMERA. DEMOLITION: SAVE seeks to halt historic cinema bulldozers
With the owner of Stafford’s Sandonia Cinema seeking to bring the curtain down on the 1920s landmark, SAVE has joined the growing chorus of local residents and national heritage bodies objecting to the proposals
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE raises alarm over new demolition threat – two years after saving listed station
SAVE commissions specialist engineer to assess threatened historic railway station
Building of the Month March 2023: Eccleston Park Golf Club, Rainhill Road, St Helens, The Wirral, L35 4PG
This unlisted Victorian farmhouse is one of the only buildings which survive from the Rainhill County Asylum. It found a second life as a golf clubhouse but now it is standing empty as the future of the wider site remains undecided.
PRESS RELEASE: Palatial Liverpool hotel completes spectacular 90-year return journey
Forty-five years since SAVE Britain’s Heritage first intervened to avert demolition, guests at Liverpool’s newest hotel can experience one of the most spectacular return journeys in railway architectural history
Press release: SAVE announces 2023 annual lecture at Royal Academy
Simon Sturgis will call for a revolution in architecture and development
Tickets go on sale for Architecture and Climate Crisis: How the past can save the future
Building of the Month February 2023: 1 High Street, Weobley, Herefordshire HR4 8SL
In the picturesque Herefordshire village of Weobley, on the High Street lined with timbered buildings, this crumbling cottage stands out as a result of its neglected state. It needs some love and attention to repair it and bring it back to life.
See it, Save it! SAVE joins new coalition of heritage organisations to save Liverpool Street Station
‘If this is OK why not build office blocks over other protected landmarks like the Albert Hall?’
Press Release: Public inquiry opens into controversial South Kensington station plans
A high-profile public inquiry opens this week into plans to redevelop South Kensington Underground Station that would permanently scar the listed station and historic district.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE welcomes creation of London’s newest piazza
St Mary-le-Strand set free from traffic island to become centrepiece of spectacular new public space
Piazza creates attractive setting and new opportunities for ‘little houses on the Strand’ whose demolition SAVE successfully opposed
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE seeks Court of Appeal permission to challenge historic school demolition
SAVE Britain’s Heritage will argue demolition was approved without correct process
SAVE Britain's Heritage Internship Programme 2023 - applications NOW OPEN
The application process for SAVE Britain's Heritage internships for 2023 is now open. The programme is in its third year and we are looking for two interns for six month part-time paid positions which will run consecutively.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE Britain’s Heritage urges Ayr councillors to do the right thing as demolition looms over historic hotel
Reject £6.6m demolition plan, says SAVE ahead of tomorrow's crunch meeting
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE welcomes major listing upgrades at Liverpool Street Station
Protection strengthened to recognise buildings’ special significance
SAVE ADDS CARLISLE’S TURKISH BATHS TO AT RISK REGISTER DUE TO URGENT RISK
SAVE has placed Carlisle’s Turkish Baths on its Buildings at Risk Register and written to the Leader of Carlisle City Council to request urgent action to secure the future of this grade II listed building and its beautifully detailed, unusually intact and rare interiors.
Appeal success: Harmful plans for historic Surrey estate thrown out
Plans opposed by SAVE Britain’s Heritage to harmfully alter grade II listed Esher Place in Surrey have been refused by the Planning Inspectorate on heritage grounds.
Building of the Month December 2022: Ricketts Castle, Presteigne Road, Titley, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3RS
Full of character, this ruined cottage, set back from a country road, has had permission for extension and restoration in the past. It needs love and attention but could be transformed into a desirable, well-loved home once again.
SAVE contests proposed loss of Victorian School at High Court
Judicial Review hearing set to open this morning to decide whether schoolhouse demolition proposals in Herefordshire are lawful
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE demands immediate retraction of misleading and inaccurate statement issued by M&S after public inquiry
Charity calls out M&S’s harmful and irresponsible tactics
PRESS RELEASE: Loss of M&S Oxford St cannot be justified on either climate or heritage grounds, SAVE says as inquiry ends
Public inquiry told that retailer never explored ‘deep retrofit’ alternative to demolition – despite sustainability pledges
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE makes urgent case against demolition of M&S Oxford Street at public inquiry
Architects, developers and Westminster councillor line up to support SAVE Britain’s Heritage on opening day
PRESS RELEASE: M&S public inquiry opening tomorrow
‘Not just any demolition. An Oxford Street M&S demolition’
Building of the Month November 2022: Huyton Cricket and Bowling Club Pavilion, Huyton Lane, Knowsley, Liverpool L36 7XD
A remarkable monument to grassroots sport and a beautiful building in itself, grade II listed Huyton Cricket and Bowling Club Pavilion has escaped demolition so far due to strong local support. It needs a coordinated scheme to bring it back into meaningful use.
Invitation: Come and support SAVE at the M&S Oxford Street public inquiry
Full details of how to watch landmark case
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE announces expert team for M&S public inquiry
Campaigning charity gears up for ‘David and Goliath battle’ against retail giant
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is today announcing the expert team that will help fight a public inquiry into plans to demolish M&S’s flagship store on Oxford Street.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE backs urgent plan to list C19th industrialist’s house threatened with demolition
Villa is key part of Newtown’s heritage as Welsh woollen capital and birthplace of world’s first mail-order firm
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE reveals alternative vision for threatened Devon mills
‘Make these south Devon mills hum with life again’
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE urges councillors to reject ‘alien’ redevelopment of Angel Square
Islington planning committee will decide future of prominent gateway building on Monday
Building of the Month September 2022: Queen's Stores Warehouse, 66 Bridgewater Street, Liverpool L1 0AY
There is character and potential still in stock at this ex-maritime supplies warehouse. Located in a historic industrial area currently finding new life, this grade II listed warehouse is well known and could be repurposed as offices, a bar or restaurant and even retain space to record the rich history of the neighbourhood.
PRESS RELEASE: MP and property developers back SAVE, arguing all ‘demolition must now be last resort’
Calls for industry rethink come as Bill Bryson spurs M&S crowdfunder towards halfway mark
PRESS RELEASE: Post-war mural of 'dazzling beauty' in Oldham is celebrated and urgently protected through listing
Government adds Oldham Mural masterpiece to national heritage register
PRESS RELEASE: Experts write to Planning Inspector backing SAVE’s case for M&S Oxford Street
Top architects and author submit statements to public inquiry
PRESS RELEASE: Major fundraising appeal launched to fight M&S public inquiry
Support our crowdfunder and help stop destructive plans
Building of the Month August 2022: Studley Grange Farmhouse, Cancourt, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9QS
Amongst our new entries for 2022, this Grade II listed farmhouse is currently recorded as being 18th century at the earliest, however it is now believed to be much earlier in date. It is in desperate need of repair and needs new ideas to restore it back to its former glory.
Statement from SAVE Britain’s Heritage in response to Weston Homes’ Anglia Square press release
SAVE reaffirms its view that the Weston scheme will be a monstrous carbuncle on the face of one of England’s finest cathedral cities.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE unveils new conservation-led vision for Anglia Square
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is today publishing exciting alternative proposals for Anglia Square in Norwich, designed to show how a conservation-led scheme could reverse the damage of the 1960s and create an attractive and vibrant neighbourhood in the medieval heart of the city.
PRESS RELEASE: Secretary of state throws out controversial hotel plans for Thames historic landmark
The Planning Inspectorate has rejected highly contested plans to convert and extend London’s Custom House and quayside into a luxury hotel complex. The decision follows a three year campaign led by the Georgian Group and SAVE Britain’s Heritage culminating in a public inquiry in February 2022.
Building of the Month July 2022: The Lady in Grey, Wilne Lane, Shardlow, Derbyshire DE72 2HA
Among our new entries for June 2022, this romantically named house was most recently a restaurant and hotel but has now been empty for at least five years. It needs new impetus and new ideas to bring it back into useful life.
SAVE Me - I'm Yours! New Entries List in full
Today (June 29 2022) we added 60 new buildings at risk to our online register. Listed here you will find a brief description and photo gallery of each of these fascinating buildings.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE welcomes public inquiry for M&S landmark Oxford Street building
SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes communities secretary Michael Gove's decision to call in plans to bulldoze and rebuild landmark Marks and Spencer store on Oxford Street for examination at a public inquiry.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE raises alarm over threat to Norris Castle, masterpiece of the English Picturesque
Sublime Regency estate on the Isle of Wight threatened with damaging leisure park conversion
PRESS RELEASE: Leading archaeologists and historians back listing bid for Norwich Church
Flint remains of medieval church found among stables and warehouses.
Building of the Month June 2022 - Old Town Hall, Market Place, St Hilda's, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire TS2 1RB
At risk now but perhaps not for much longer: a story of renewal may bring positive developments for this North Yorkshire treasure
LISTING SUCCESS: National recognition and protection for historic Rochdale weavers’ cottages
Three 18th century weavers’ cottages in Middleton near Rochdale have been listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, following an emergency listing application by SAVE Britain’s Heritage.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE objects to ‘overwhelming’ scale of development plans in medieval Norwich
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has formally objected to damaging and dominant proposals for Anglia Square in the historic heart of the city.
PRESS RELEASE: Leading figures urge Communities Secretary to hold inquiry into M&S demolition plans
SAVE publishes open letter to Michael Gove signed by architects, engineers, urbanists and historians.
Objections mount over proposed demolition of Islington landmark
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has objected to plans to demolish Angel Square, a post-modern office building at the gateway to Angel in north London.
PRESS RELEASE: Medieval church remains under threat at Anglia Square – SAVE backs calls for listing
Local conservation experts have uncovered the possible remains of the medieval parish church of St Olave’s amongst a complex of flint warehouses in Anglia Square, Norwich. SAVE Britain’s Heritage is supporting a listing application in light of the special significance of the site.
Building of the Month May 2022 - Goole Arcade, North Street and Victoria Street, Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 5PY
Spanning a whole block in the central conservation area of this East Yorkshire port town, the Arcade is a late Victorian shopping arcade which has been disused for years despite its great interest and potential.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes Government intervention in M&S’s demolition plans – and urges action
SAVE rallies supporters to write to Communities Secretary asking for a public inquiry
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE report sheds light on crisis facing Britain’s beautiful department stores + urges imaginative reuse of ‘cathedrals of commerce'
Britain’s department stores are facing an existential crisis thanks to the pandemic and rapidly changing shopping patterns.
This new and up-to-the-minute report from SAVE Britain’s Heritage documents some of the country’s finest examples, the threats they face – and what can be done to rescue and reinvent them for the 21st century.
The Threat to Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage
An Open Letter sent to the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Olga Borisovna Lyubimova, on 18 March 2022
PRESS RELEASE: Ayr Station Hotel deadlock can be broken
SAVE Britain’s Heritage publishes new proposals for Ayr Station Hotel, drawn up by leading Scottish architects and costed by Quantity Surveyors.
PETITION: Save Minley Model Farm from demolition!
Sign and share the petition opposing plans by the Ministry of Defence to demolish Minley Model Farm on the Minley Manor Estate in Hampshire, and calling on Historic England to recommend the Farm be granted listing protection.
PRESS RELEASE: Ministers must act to protect an essential part of Wales’s heritage
The Welsh Assembly is to debate the listing of an imposing Victorian school threatened with demolition in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.
SAVE STATEMENT: Parliament’s Restoration & Renewal Sponsor Body to be wound up
SAVE Britain's Heritage welcomes news that Parliament’s Restoration & Renewal Sponsor Body is to be stood down and replaced by new body working directly for the House of Commons Commission and House of Lords Commission.
PRESS RELEASE: Future of palatial Thames landmark in the balance as public inquiry opens
The public inquiry into highly controversial plans to convert and extend London’s Custom House has opened in the City of London. The inquiry is examining a series of issues arising from proposals to convert the 19th century landmark on the banks of the Thames into a 200-room hotel.
Building of the Month February 2022: Hillcrest School and former stables, Ansford Hill, Ansford, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7JQ
Homework due now to save this former rectory and stables, latterly used as a school. Empty and on our radar for years, these rural buildings just outside the Somerset town of Castle Cary remain inexplicably uncared for and without viable proposals to bring them back to life.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE welcomes Liverpool refusal of Waterloo Dock infill scheme
SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes the decision by Liverpool City Councillors to refuse proposals to infill part of West Waterloo Dock in the city’s historic northern docks.
PRESS RELEASE: New report blasts bulldoze and rebuild plan for M&S Oxford Street HQ
A new report published today calls on Marks and Spencer (M&S) to re-think its demolition plan for the landmark Oxford Street store and warns Westminster City Council it won’t meet its stated climate change commitments unless it immediately changes course.
PRESS RELEASE: Parliament roof repairs completed for £80 million are a bargain
Parliament roof repairs completed today for £80 million are a bargain compared to the reported £14 billion now quoted for Parliament’s Restoration and Renewal Programme.
Building of the Month - January 2022: The Tolly Cobbold, Cliff Quay, Cliff Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
During the years in which this distinctive Ipswich brewery building has been standing empty, it has suffered fires and vandalism despite having had outline permission in the past for a mixed use development. Action now could secure its future.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage Internships 2022 – application process NOW OPEN
Do you care deeply for our national historic buildings? Do you to want to speak up for threatened buildings and work at the forefront of heritage conservation? Are you new to the heritage sector and looking for your first paid job in this sector? Apply now for one of our six-month paid internships.
PRESS RELEASE: National Gallery and European counterparts support urgent calls to save Oldham Mural
The Director of the National Gallery in London, Gabriele Finaldi, is backing the campaign to save the Oldham Mural.
PRESS RELEASE: Quintessential rural station saved following legal challenge
Legal action by SAVE Britain’s Heritage has secured a reprieve for one of the smallest and most delightful country stations on the railway network. This is Salhouse, north of Norwich on the line up to the fashionable seaside resorts of Cromer and Sheringham.
PETITION: Stop the demolition of Oxford Street – save and re-use M&S flagship store
Sign and share our joint SAVE Britain's Heritage and Twentieth Century Society petition to the Chairman and CEO of Marks and Spencer Plc to stop them demolishing M&S's historic Oxford Street HQ!
Building of the Month December 2021: 27 Queen Street, Derby, Derbyshire DE1 3DS
Will time run out for this house turned clock workshop with stellar connections? With links to the first Astronomer Royal, Joseph Wright of Derby and the clock of St Paul's Cathedral, this 17th century building has survived a number of traumas including permission to demolish it. It needs a new use if it is to survive any longer.
SAVE urges re-think on historic M&S flagship store demolition plans
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has called on Westminster councillors to refuse plans for the total demolition of Marks and Spencer’s historic former flagship store near Marble Arch.
PRESS RELEASE: Councillors throw out controversial South Kensington station plans
Despite being tipped for approval, Kensington and Chelsea’s Major Development Planning Committee has unanimously rejected proposals for a large-scale development at the heart of historic South Kensington. The decision spells victory in a near three-year battle led by local residents and SAVE Britain’s Heritage.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE calls on councillors to reject damaging South Ken station plans
SAVE Britain's Heritage calls on London Council to reject harmful demolition-led proposals which, if approved, would permanently scar the face of historic South Kensington.
Building of the Month November 2021: Anton Laundry, 24 Marlborough Street, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1DQ
The Anton Laundry, which stands near the banks of the river Anton in Andover, has a fascinating history dating from the 15th century. The grade II listed building on the site is in a very poor condition after long neglect and needs targeted action now. The clock is ticking.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE launches new plan to preserve historic 1920s Cinema
Following successful legal action to stop the demolition of a spectacular piece of early cinema architecture, SAVE Britain’s Heritage has now published an alternative scheme for reusing the Sandonia site in Stafford.
PRESS RELEASE: Emphatic refusal of Custom House hotel plans sets stage for public inquiry
The City of London’s Planning Committee has voted unanimously to refuse plans to convert London’s Custom House into a hotel, citing the lack of public access proposed and harm to the building’s heritage significance.
PRESS RELEASE: City planners recommend refusal of controversial hotel proposals
SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes the recommendation by City of London planners to refuse plans to convert the Custom House and quayside to an exclusive hotel complex.
SAVE mounts campaign to rescue Victorian Essex station
SAVE Britain's Heritage has submitted an application to list the Victorian station house at Weeley Station on Essex's historic Tendring Line from Colchester to Walton, which is threatened with demolition by train operator Abellio Greater Anglia
Building of the Month October 2021: Guyzance Mill, Northumberland
Tucked away in an idyllic valley close to Alnwick and the North Northumberland coast, this hidden grade II listed mill needs action to restore it to useful life.
Building of the Month September 2021: Sandfield Tower, Queen's Drive, Liverpool
After years of neglect, progress towards a possible new start for this fine Victorian Villa has stalled yet again, as the council's efforts to force repairs and potentially find a new owner were shelved last year due to lack of funds.
PRESS RELEASE: England’s premier cathedral city under attack from rapacious overdevelopment
The City of Canterbury is recklessly and destructively placing economic development ahead of its biggest draw and asset, its heritage. A new SAVE Britain's Heritage report Canterbury Take Care! assess how Canterbury City Council is in danger of eroding its unique selling point – its beauty and history.
PRESS RELEASE: Listing success as Victorian Manchester Engine House saved from demolition
SAVE is delighted to announce that the Engine House and chimney base of the former Linotype Works in Altrincham has been listed, halting its proposed demolition.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE regrets loss of Liverpool World Heritage status
SAVE regrets the loss of Liverpool's World Heritage site - 17 years after it was first inscribed as ‘the supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain's greatest global influence’.
PRESS RELEASE: Demolition of charming Victorian school averted
An application to demolish a historic village school under permitted development rights has been dismissed by Herefordshire Council following SAVE's challenge and strong local outcry.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE urges Ministers to avoid UK treaty breach over Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage
SAVE sets out series of recommendations for the UK Government to assure UNESCO that world heritage is safe in Britain's hands.
PRESS RELEASE: BVI registered company neglects historic Wiltshire mansion
SAVE calls on Wiltshire County Council to issue urgent repairs orders for grade I listed Zeals House in Wiltshire
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE legal action halts demolition of Stafford gem
Swift action by SAVE’s lawyers has stopped the demolition of the Sandonia in Stafford, a handsome 1920s cinema with a triumphal arch frontage.
Building of the Month July 2021: Keelmen's Hospital, City Road, Newcastle
Unique to Newcastle, this grade II* listed building needs new owners who appreciate its importance to the town's history and have the vision to give it a new use which honours it.
PRESS RELEASE: Secretary of State throws out Thameside tower block plans
Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for local government has refused permission for highly contentious plans for two 20+ storey towers behind the grade II listed former London Fire Brigade (LFB) headquarters at 8 Albert Embankment.
PRESS RELEASE: UNESCO rebukes UK Government and recommends deletion of Liverpool from World Heritage List
UNESCO is recommending that Liverpool be stripped of its prestigious international heritage site status due to inadequate management and weak planning laws.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE gets listing bid rolling for Lancashire Bowls Club
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has launched a listing application to secure the future of one of Britain’s earliest Bowling Clubs in Old Trafford, Lancashire.
PRESS RELEASE: South Ken plans withdrawn at 11th hour amidst surging public outcry
South Ken plans withdrawn amidst surging public outcry the day after SAVE calls on RBKC Planning Committee to reject proposals
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE this gem of Bohemia from greedy developers
SAVE calls on Kensington and Chelsea Planning Committee Councillors to reject harmful plans for South Kensington station and send out a clear message to the applicants that 'Big is not always Best' and that Small is Beautiful.
Building of the Month June 2021: Firepool Pumping Station, Taunton, Somerset
Neglected and in need of essential maintenance now to ensure its survival, SAVE calls on the owners of this distinctive industrial landmark to take the steps necessary to ensure its future.
PRESS RELEASE: Richmond House is saved!
A House of Commons debate has confirmed that Parliament’s controversial plans to demolish Richmond House, one of the most significant historic public buildings of the 1980s, will not now proceed.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE and Museum of London host Prince Charles on historic visit to Smithfield General Market
The Prince of Wales yesterday visited the scene of one of SAVE Britain’s Heritage’s greatest battles – the General Market and the Fish Market in Smithfield.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE calls on MPs to reject ‘Project Goldplate’
SAVE gives MPs 10 key reasons to reject Parliament’s expensive and destructive Restoration & Renewal plans. Proposals to demolish grade II* listed Richmond House now look vastly wasteful in these more frugal times.
Building of the Month May 2021: Rockwell Green Water Towers, Rockwell Green, Somerset TA21 9DH
If you were as inspired as we were by George Clarke's account of revival and reuse, including several water towers, in his recent lecture for SAVE, why not consider what could be done with these two impressive but neglected examples in Somerset?
PETITION: STOP THE DEMOLITION OF 72-81 FLEET STREET
SAVE Britain's Heritage has launched an urgent petition calling upon Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to stop the demolition of Nos.72-78 and 80-81 Fleet Street and call a public inquiry.
LET IT BE LISTED: Campaign victory means Beatles cinema can live ‘Abbey Ever After’!
Supermarket giant told to ‘Get Back’ - to the drawing board! Lidl’s bid to demolish Liverpool’s art deco Abbey Cinema blocked by Historic England listing.
PRESS RELEASE: Bulldozers threaten Fleet Street in City of London
City of London Corporation set to decide on plans to bulldoze major historic buildings on one of London's most famous thoroughfares.
PRESS RELEASE: Norwich tower block plan abandoned as court case collapses
SAVE Britain's Heritage welcomes the decision by Weston Homes and Columbia Threadneedle to withdraw from the High Court action over highly controversial £271 million plans to re-develop Anglia Square in the centre of Norwich.
PRESS RELEASE: Help! Cinema which inspired the Beatles needs a ‘Lidl Help from its Friends’
A cliffhanger worthy of Hollywood’s golden age surrounds the fate of an art deco cinema in Liverpool, treasured as the childhood dream palace of Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison.
Building of the Month April 2021: Former Home Guard Club, 4 Belford Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1JA
Cottage hospital, masonic lodge, Home Guard club, this distinctive building in Harrogate's central conservation area has a rich history. Saved from destruction after a spirited local campaign with council support, it is now on the market and needs new owners who appreciate its significance to revitalise this local treasure.
PRESS RELEASE: Ayr becoming a city of holes
The centre of the lovely Scottish resort town of Ayr is becoming a wasteland of demolition sites. The latest historic building faced with the bulldozers is the grade B listed station hotel, one of the most impressive hotel buildings in Scotland.
PRESS RELEASE: New publication shines spotlight on threatened Oldham mural
A new book on George Mayer-Marton highlights the life and work of the Hungarian émigré artist - including his Crucifixion mural in Oldham's Holy Rosary Church - the focus of a current SAVE Britain's Heritage campaign.
SAVE Britain's Heritage Launches New Internship Programme for new entrants to the heritage sector
Are you interested in our national heritage? Do you to want to speak up for threatened buildings and work at the forefront of heritage conservation?
SAVE Britain's Heritage is launching a new Internship Programme and welcomes applicants from all parts of the community for a 4 month part-time paid intern position for those who are new to the historic built environment sector.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE bid to list historic Edwardian farm gains national support
SAVE's listing application gains support from national organisations and showcases previously unknown significance of model home farm.
Richmond House: Parliamentary report recognises major cost savings in SAVE approach
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is pleased to find that our alternative scheme for retaining Richmond House is cited as the “the cheapest of the shortlisted schemes by some way”, in a report published by the Sponsor body charged with reviewing the costs of restoring the Palace of Westminster.
Bid launched to repair 'Versailles of Wales'
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has called on Conwy County Borough Council to issue urgent repairs notices on the offshore owners of Kinmel Hall, Abergele.
SAVE welcomes Francine Douglas-Home as new trustee to governing board
SAVE Britain's Heritage is delighted to announce the appointment of Francine Douglas-Home to the charity's governing board. Francine Douglas-Home has a background in finance and accounting.
SAVE salvo helps avert needless demolition of Victorian villa
Plans to demolish locally listed Victorian villa thrown out by Councillors
Building of the Month March 2021: Bransford Mill, Bransford, Worcestershire, WR5 6JL
Time is running out for this listed mill which is in a perilous condition after years of inaction and neglect. Located between Malvern and Worcester, this mill building stands in the grounds of a house which is for sale.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE intervention thwarts demolition of model Edwardian farm
Swift and decisive action by SAVE Britain’s Heritage has secured a reprieve for Home Farm, a model Edwardian Farmstead in rural Hampshire threatened with imminent demolition by owner the Ministry of Defence.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE and C20 call for urgent protection of historic south London garden estate
SAVE Britain's Heritage, the Twentieth Century Society and Save Cressingham Gardens Campaign are calling on Lambeth Council to include Cressingham Gardens in the Brockwell Park Conservation Area.
Building of the Month January 2021 - Albert Hall, Swansea
Swansea's Albert Hall opened in 1864 as a music hall which was visited by some of the big names in Victorian society including Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and David Lloyd George. Having stood standing empty and deteriorating since 2007, the grade II listed hall was sold earlier this year with exciting plans announced for conversion as a new music venue and offices.
PRESS RELEASE: Leading museums and galleries back national campaign to save Oldham mural of "dazzling beauty"
Leading national museums and galleries have backed the campaign to save "The Crucifixion" mural which is currently being assessed for listing by Historic England
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Building of the Month December 2020: Grimethorpe Hall, Brierly, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
This once beautiful building of national importance is in a seemingly intractable position but would nevertheless make a satisfying and extremely worthwhile project if the right strategy could be found.
PRESS RELEASE: Public Inquiry opens into London Fire Brigade HQ proposals
A high profile public inquiry has opened into a highly controversial proposal for two residential towers of 24 and 26-storeys and a 10-storey hotel behind the historic grade II listed LFB building in the heart of the Albert Embankment Conservation Area.
PRESS RELEASE: Picturesque model village for Victorian Orphans under threat
Planners will decide this coming Thursday 3rd December on a highly controversial development proposed in the landscaped grounds of a model orphanage in Preston, Lancashire.
PRESS RELEASE: Battle to save pioneering Royal Sanatorium built for Post Office Workers
An imposing 1907 Sanatorium built under the patronage of King Edward VII and his sister for Post Office Union workers is under threat of total demolition. SAVE Britain’s Heritage is now championing its conversion into a series of terraced houses with new housing on land behind it.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE wins landmark victory in Norwich public inquiry
Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for local government has refused planning permission for the highly contentious 20 storey tower plans for Anglia Square in the heart of the medieval city.
PRESS RELEASE: Worcester’s Heritage under threat - SAVE condemns 12-storey tower block proposals
SAVE Britain's Heritage has objected to plans for an over-scaled development in the heart of historic Worcester and called for a less harmful approach to regenerating the city's canal side.
PRESS RELEASE: From the functional to the fantastic - SAVE launches new entrants to 2021 Buildings at Risk Register
SAVE Britain's Heritage will reveal the new 2021 list of buildings at risk to be added to its online register on 18th November 2020 to highlight the threats to neglected historic buildings all over the country. In advance of our live online event , which will preview a selection of the new list of additions before they are added to the register, some examples can be seen below.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE unveils alternative plans to retain historic Welsh school
More than 5500 local people have petitioned the Welsh Assembly to halt the demolition of a landmark Victorian School. Now SAVE Britain’s Heritage, working with the architect Philip Tilbury, has produced an alternative scheman alternative to retain and redevelop the school.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE welcomes Scottish Government's dismissal of damaging Edinburgh Royal High School hotel plans
SAVE Britain's Heritage has welcomed news that the Scottish Government has thrown out an appeal by hotel developers Urbanist Hotels and Duddingston House Properties for a 150-room luxury hotel complex adjacent to the Category A Listed Royal High School on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
PRESS RELEASE: Beatles landmarks need ‘Help’ on 80th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth
Historians have called for stronger protection of Liverpool’s Beatles birthplaces and tourist landmarks, as fears grow for a series of locations associated with the Fab Four ahead of the 80th anniversary this Friday of band founder John Lennon’s birth.
PRESS RELEASE: Future of magnificent Thames landmark to be decided by City Corporation
Save Britain's Heritage calls for public debate on the future of the Custom House. The 1820s Custom House overlooking the Pool of London is a grand classical composition in the mould of Somerset House and the Edwardian County Hall next to the London Eye.
Building of the Month October 2020: Pelican Works, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham
Atop the Italianate front of this Birmingham Jewellery Quarter factory perches a giant pelican, a symbol of the company which originally built it to manufacture silver goods. Its rear factory range has partially collapsed. This distinctive and attractive building needs comprehensive help now.
PRESS RELEASE: House of Lords to move to dreaming spires of Oxford?
The House of Lords have fiercely resisted the Prime Minister’s proposal that they should move north to York. Would they by contrast agree to move to the Divinity School in Oxford which architect Ian Ritchie shows is uncannily like the House of Lords?
PRESS RELEASE: Great country estate must save historic Dorset Inn
SAVE is making a public appeal to Illchester Estates, owners of a much-loved watering hole near the sandy beach in Wyke Regis in Dorset, to change their plans to demolish a handsome 1890s inn.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE calls for Norwich tower re-think as government decision delayed
SAVE Britain's Heritage is calling for a fresh approach to the redevelopment of Anglia Square as the government delays issuing a decision on the highly controversial 20 storey tower proposed for the centre of medieval Norwich.
PRESS RELEASE: Fragile beauty of London village under attack from Big Boots developer
One of London’s best-known villages is the subject of a fierce planning battle between locals and development partnership Native Land and TfL, who are jointly proposing a scheme whose leap in scale will, in one blow, destroy its village character.
PRESS RELEASE: Listing saves historic railway station from demolition
SAVE Britain's Heritage has just heard that a historic country station in Suffolk at Brandon has been designated as a grade II listed building after a 14-year battle by local people.
PRESS RELEASE: Council and Government must act on decaying grand Ayr station hotel
SAVE Britain’s Heritage today publishes a new report Ayr Station Hotel: the new journey asking the public to call for the restoration of Ayr’s category B listed landmark, as South Ayrshire Council launch a three week public consultation on the hotel’s future.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE decries needless destruction of historic Edwardian school
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has condemned the demolition of a historic Edwardian school in the railway town of Redhill by owners Surrey County Council which begun on the 12th August 2020.
PRESS RELEASE: Rare Oldham mural under threat – SAVE calls for listing
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is backing urgent calls to rescue a nationally significant 1950s mural at risk from the threat of demolition in Oldham’s Church of the Holy Rosary, Lancashire.
Staying in the past: buildings formerly at risk given new lives as historic hotels
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is pleased to see that several historic buildings formerly on the Buildings at Risk register have been successfully restored and opened as hotels.
SAVE launches listing bid for Beatles' local cinema
Following the sale of Liverpool's landmark 1939 Abbey Cinema to supermarket giant Lidl, SAVE Britain’s Heritage has launched a listing application to ensure the iconic art deco building is protected from future demolition.
PRESS RELEASE: Dad's Army station saved from bulldozers
A delightful country station dating from the golden decade of railway building and used in the filming of Dad’s Army has received a reprieve from imminent demolition.
Building of the Month August 2020: Elton Mill, Elton, Cambridgeshire
This Cambridgeshire mill needs a new use to match its picturesque location. It is an important part of Elton’s long history, though it has been left vacant and redundant for a long time and is increasingly at risk of rapid deterioration and loss of fabric. It sits within a popular recreation area and needs some fresh ideas to give it a new purpose.
Building of the Month July 2020: Bowerings Mill, Bridgwater, Somerset
This Victorian mill is a monument to Bridgwater’s industrial history and is described as the "last industrial chimney in Bridgwater". It has been saved from demolition by local voices but now needs creative ideas to give it new purpose.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE welcomes pivotal moment as Museum of London wins planning for Smithfield
SAVE Britain's Heritage warmly welcomes the green light given yesterday to transform Smithfield General Market into the Museum of London's new home.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE backs rescue bid to revive 1845 Brandon Station
As bulldozers loom over Brandon’s 1845 flint station building, SAVE Britain's Heritage and the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust appeal for its immediate listing.
Building of the Month June 2020: Bentley Hall Barn, Suffolk - FOR SALE
Considered to be one of the largest and most impressive Elizabethan timber-framed structures in England, Bentley Hall Barn in Suffolk needs a well-judged balance of care, conservation and creativity if it is to survive. It is for sale but needs to find the right owner.
PRESS RELEASE: Buildings at Risk for sale - Buyers Wanted!
This fascinating collection of buildings from our Buildings at Risk Register are all for sale. If you ever wanted to find the perfect project, now's your chance! Many of these historic buildings already have some approved plans in place as to how they could be saved. What is needed now are discerning owners to turn those plans into reality...
Near derelict stately home goes under hammer for record £1,356,000
Yesterday a once magnificent late 17th century house built by one of Britain’s greatest dukes was sold after a long silent auction which saw bids increasing by £1,000 a minute by the end.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE welcomes wide-ranging review of Parliament's R&R Programme
SAVE has welcomed news in a press release from the new Sponsor Body in charge of the parliamentary Restoration & Renewal programme issued on 19th May 2020, which states it will re-examine evidence behind previous plans to temporarily relocate MPs and Peers while the Palace of Westminster is restored.
Listing Success: 1840s Liverpool mill granted grade II status
SAVE has successfully supported the listing of a historic former Cotton Mill in Liverpool's northern docks.
PRESS RELEASE: Going green: refurb Richmond House and slash carbon emissions
A new academic study commissioned by SAVE Britain’s Heritage, published today, sets out massive energy reduction benefits of retaining and re-using award winning offices in the heart of Whitehall.
Building of the Month May 2020: Island House, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire
After many years of neglect and advancing decay, 16th century Island House, a rambling and romantic building standing next to the ruins of Laugharne Castle on the Taf Estuary, has just been acquired by a company. It has plans to restore it and convert it into a boutique hotel, restaurant and bar. This will be a fascinating project to follow.
PRESS RELEASE: Anglia Square - the battle which must be won
SAVE Britain’s Heritage launches a new report today on the issues raised by the recent public inquiry into the highly controversial Anglia Square development in the centre of medieval Norwich.
PRESS RELEASE: Palatial historic home of HM Customs & Excise urgently needs a future
One of London’s grandest Georgian public buildings is in urgent need of new uses.
Building of the Month April 2020: Hill Farm, Badingham Road, Peasenhall, Suffolk
This early 17th century grade II listed Suffolk farmhouse is in poor condition but has the potential to make a generous and beautiful home. It needs new occupants with vision and compassion to breathe life into it again.
Grand Hotels And Tiny Toll Houses - Inspiring Stories From SAVE Britain’s Heritage Buildings At Risk Register.
27th March 2020
As part of the update of the SAVE Britain’s Heritage Buildings at Risk Register, we have completed a review of all 177 entries in the West Midlands region. Cheeringly, we've been able to record rescues in 45 of these entries - that's 25% of the entries we held. Here we celebrate what can be done with great determination, vision and hard work through three successful rescues.
PRESS RELEASE: Senior MP states ‘no need to demolish Richmond House’
Senior MP states ‘no need to demolish Richmond House’ and calls for drastic re-think of temporary Commons Chamber plans.
PRESS RELEASE: Historic Leeds Mill will be Northern Power House
Urgent action by SAVE Britain’s Heritage has helped rescue one of the major architectural landmarks of the Industrial Revolution: the Egyptian Mill in Leeds, known as Temple Works, which has been selected as the potential new home for a new British Library of the north.
SAVE Backs Campaign to Save Wales' First Girls' School
SAVE has backed a campaign to save a Victorian girls’ school in Cowbridge, south Wales from demolition.
PRESS RELEASE: Giant Setback To Official Plans For Temporary MPs Chamber
Parliament’s highly controversial plans for a temporary House of Commons Chamber have received a colossal set back as Historic England has determined that the proposed demolition of Richmond House constitutes substantial harm to a grade II* listed building.
PRESS RELEASE: New Owner Wanted - Small Station with Big History
Calling all railway buffs to save a Suffolk station which served both the RAF and the US Air Force in World War Two.
SAVE endorses the AJ’s RetroFirst Campaign
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has endorsed the Architect’s Journal’s RetroFirst Campaign, joining growing calls by architects, developers and heritage bodies for the recycling not demolition of our existing (historic) buildings.
Building of the Month March 2020: Agecroft Chapel, Northern Cemetery, Salford
Community service: this highly individual cemetery chapel could serve again. New energy and determination is needed now to take the good work already done to save this building to the next stage. Agecroft Chapel could be restored to provide facilities to the many users of this cemetery. Can you help?
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE condemns proposed demolition of Historic Southampton Mills
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has condemned plans by Associated British Ports (ABP) to demolish the historic Solent Flour Mills in Southampton. Despite urgent calls from two Ward Councillors and over 700 people who have signed a petition to halt the demolition.
Building of the Month February 2020: Heybridge Basin Congregational Church, Maldon, Essex
A weather-boarded chapel, originally built for the community and later gifted to the local church, this unique and lovely building is reaching crisis point and needs action now to save it.
PRESS RELEASE: Slash the cost of a temporary MPs Chamber by at least £500m
SAVE Britain's Heritage in collaboration with Mark Hines architects has published proposals showing that the temporary House of Commons Chamber can be constructed within the main courtyard of Richmond House, a Grade II* listed building on Parliament's Northern Estate.
PRESS RELEASE: Battle lines drawn: Norwich public inquiry over 20 storey tower in medieval centre opens today
The long awaited public inquiry into the proposed 20 storey tower block in the centre of the city opens today 28th January.
PRESS RELEASE: Listing Success! Threatened Bandstand Listed Grade II
The Edwardian Bandstand in Todmorden's Centre Vale Park, Yorkshire has been granted grade II listed status by Historic England, raising hopes that it may now be saved from demolition and brought back into use for the community.
Waterloo House, Runcorn faces demolition
An unlisted but key historic building in Runcorn is being threatened with demolition. It stands very close to and is partially joined to another building on the Buildings at Risk Register, the grade II listed Carnegie Library. SAVE has objected to the demolition and considers Waterloo House to be an important local building very worthy of being saved.
PRESS RELEASE: Heritage groups lead call to re-think Norwich 'calamitous' tower plans.
Seven national and local heritage organisations, as well as the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, have called on the developers of Anglia Square in central Norwich to reconsider their proposals for the medieval city. This is a prelude to a public inquiry that will open on 28th January in Norwich.
Whitechapel Bell Foundry - Secretary of State suspends planning permission for controversial plans
Heritage campaigners have won a temporary reprieve for London's historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry after a temporary halt was issued on controversial plans to turn the grade II* listed foundry site into a 108-room boutique hotel with rooftop swimming pool and artist spaces.
Perseverance is everything
When it comes to the rescue of abandoned country houses, perseverance is everything. Bank Hall appeared in 1981 on the cover of SAVE’s Silent Mansions, written by Sophie Andreae, Catherine Griffiths and Marcus Binney. Now Bank Hall is becoming a shared dwelling space of 10 apartments and 2 larger dwelling spaces. Marucs Binney reports.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE Rallies Support for Norwich Public Inquiry
SAVE Britain's Heritage is rallying support for the Norwich public inquiry against a highly controversial 20 storey tower planned in the centre of the medieval city. If built, the tower would have a calamitous effect on the character of this magnificent medieval city: at 60m, it would be the tallest building after the cathedral.
Building of the Month December 2019: Cholleys Farmhouse, Horndon on the Hill, Essex
Following decades of neglect, this grade II listed 16th century Essex farmhouse is under threat after an application to demolish it completely and build a similar house in its place was submitted to Thurrock Borough Council. SAVE has objected strongly.
PRESS RELEASE: Crossing Swords over Portcullis House
SAVE Britain's Heritage has strongly criticised the removal of original water features from the atrium of Parliament’s Portcullis House, one of the best used and most popular gathering places on the Parliamentary estate.
PRESS RELEASE: Hands Off Portcullis House - Parliament must not vandalise its own heritage
Without consulting either the public or the original architects, Parliament is about to remove one of the main features of its acclaimed 1990s building Portcullis House which stands across the road from Big Ben.
Have your say on Richmond House demolition plans
The highly controversial proposals for the £1.6 billion demolition of grade II* listed Richmond House on Whitehall, central London have now been submitted for planning permission.
The consultation period as part of the planning application process is open on Westminster City Council's website - and now is the time to make your voice heard.
PRESS RELEASE: Calling all MPs: how to save £1bn on your accommodation and meet zero carbon targets
SAVE Britain's Heritage has written to all MPs challenging the cost of the temporary Commons chamber in both financial and environmental terms.
Building of the Month November 2019: United Methodist Free Church, Wavertree, Liverpool
The United Methodist Free Church opened in 1903 to serve the Methodist community of the burgeoning streets of terraced housing being built in Wavertree. Now it needs a new way of serving the community in which it stands.
Press release: SAVE warmly welcomes protection boost for neglected and unloved heritage
SAVE Britain's Heritage warmly welcomes a new initiative announced today to boost local and national listing across England.
SAVE gears up for battle against planned 20 storey tower in historic central Norwich
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is preparing to give evidence at a major Public Inquiry into the controversial redevelopment scheme proposed for Norwich city centre - known as Anglia Square.
Full audio recording of SAVE's Annual Lecture on "Who Guards London", given by Sir Simon Jenkins
It's here! Full audio recording with accompanying slides of SAVE's Annual Lecture on "Who Guards London", given by Sir Simon Jenkins
Re-roofing of Wentworth Woodhouse - Marcus Binney reports
Following SAVE’s successful 35 year campaign to find a solution for this great Yorkshire house, visitors to Wentworth Woodhouse can now ascend the scaffold to a special viewing platform to survey the major roof repairs now underway.
SAVE urges planners to re-think infill plan for Liverpool’s historic docks
Liverpool’s historic West Waterloo Dock remains under threat from a highly controversial infilling and tower block scheme, despite strong opposition from local campaign groups, heritage organisations and renewed UNESCO warnings.
SAVE publishes new photos of 1936 Odeon cinema interiors under threat from demolition
SAVE is delighted to present a photographic survey of the former Odeon on Ashford High Street, a rare and remarkably unaltered Art Deco building.
Staying AfloatAn update and review of all the pools on SAVE's Buildings at Risk register conducted by Buildings At Risk SAVE volunteer, Chloe Whittaker.
Building of the Month September 2019: 51 Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
A comprehensive refit is needed for this potentially charming cottage which stands on a street of listed buildings opposite the old Aston Martin plant in Newport Pagnell.
Press release: Cathedral architects unite to condemn demolition of Richmond House as “needlessly destructive”
The chair of the Cathedral Architects Association Jane Kennedy and 13 of its members have signed a letter to The Times urging parliament to consider alternatives to the “needlessly destructive” plans to demolish Richmond House for a temporary MPs chamber.
Buildings at Risk success stories
Every year we include in the Buildings at Risk Catalogue a section covering some successful restorations we have recorded during the year. Here is one example in Liverpool which appears in the 2019 catalogue we have just published: 60 Seel Street/30 Slater Street, Liverpool
SAVE salutes designation of Sutton Estate conservation area
SAVE Britain's Heritage is delighted that the Sutton Estate, a handsome Edwardian housing development in central London has been designated as conservation area by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – rightly celebrating the architectural and historical
significance of the buildings to the borough.
The Griffin Inn has reopened!
The Griffin Inn, a building full of character and history, has been restored and is open for business after three years standing empty. It stands in a village on the banks of the River Wye, north of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Could there be a buoyant future ahead for Broomhill Pool, Ipswich?
After almost 20 years of standing empty, this 1930s lido in Ipswich is on the brink of being restored and brought back into use following sustained and determined efforts of a number of parties.
Press release: Heritage heavyweights slam proposals for Richmond House
Leading heritage figures brought discussions of Richmond House to the heart of Westminster this week in a special event in Pugin's Houses of Parliament.
Talks by distinguished writers, architects and architectural historians highlighted the importance of the architecture and significance of the grade II* listed building – opened just 30 years ago – and now threatened with demolition.
Press release: SAVE unveils outline plans for alternative House of Commons site
SAVE Britain's Heritage publishes outline plans for an alternative site for a temporary MPs chamber, showing that Richmond House on Whitehall can be spared from demolition while the Palace of Westminster is refurbished.
Vacancy: SAVE is looking for a new Conservation Officer
SAVE is seeking a full-time Conservation Officer to join the team.
Building of the Month June 2019: Alfoxton House, Holford, Somerset
It's for sale, has poetic links and a lovely setting but this house needs saving. Alfoxton was built in 1710 and famously accommodated William Wordsworth 1797-98 who was visited there by Coleridge. Empty for many years, it now needs owners with energy and determination to bring it back to its past beauty and usefulness.
PRESS RELEASE: Richmond House can be model low energy government offices
New report calls on parliament to prove its climate change commitment and reverse wasteful demolition and rebuild plans for Richmond House.
Parliament should lead by example and seize 'enormous opportunity' to refurbish high quality building to low energy standards.
Lord Nelson rescued! Plans to demolish historic pub in North Somerset refused
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is delighted to report that the Lord Nelson public house in Cleeve has been saved. On 9th May, North Somerset Council refused plans to demolish the Lord Nelson, a 1930s public house located halfway between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.
Building of the Month May 2019: Graylingwell Farmhouse, Chichester, West Sussex
Handsome Gralingwell Farmhouse, built in the 18th century, has been left poorly defended against the elements despite on-going development around it which should have seen it restored. This needs to be addressed to prevent further deterioration.
Press release: Government announcement on planning inquiries dodges public scrutiny
SAVE Britain’s Heritage expresses grave concern at the government’s response to our successful case at the Court of Appeal on ministers’ refusal to give reasons for call-in decisions. This includes highly controversial developments like the Paddington Cube in central London.
Building of the Month April 2019: Pauls Moss, Whitchurch, Shropshire
Pauls Moss is a large Victorian villa in Whitchurch, now threatened by demolition.
Oldest synagogue in the UK threatened by 20 storey tower on adjacent site
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has objected to plans for a 20 storey tower next to the 18th century Bevis Marks synagogue in the City of London, which is grade I listed. We are concerned that the proposed tower would affect the immediate setting of one of England’s most important religious buildings.
Building of the Month March 2019: The Old Dukes Head, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk
Having served as an inn since Georgian times in this pretty Norfolk village, the former Old Dukes Head is standing empty and though not formally on the market is still available to buy.
Richmond House - a building worth fighting for
Marcus Binney, Executive President of SAVE, sets out his thoughts about the significance of Richmond House, the great II* listed building at Whitehall, which will be largely demolished to accommodate the temporary House of Commons Chamber while the Palace of Westminster is being refurbished.
Give these buildings a chance: SAVE issues open plea to Council to delay demolition of Bognor Regis seaside heritage
SAVE Britain's Heritage has issued a direct appeal to the chief executive of Arun District Council to halt the imminent demolition of two historic seaside buildings in a conservation area. Arun District Council issued a demolition order on 15 January 2019 on the grounds that the buildings are at risk of being occupied by squatters, and therefore on health and safety grounds must be demolished.
Press release: Royal seaside resort uses loophole to demolish its own historic buildings
Two of Bognor Regis’s few remaining historic buildings are under imminent threat from demolition. Despite being in a conservation area, the Council has issued a demolition order ignoring legally binding heritage protection rules.
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.
SAVE slams government plans to allow additional floors to buildings without planning permission
SAVE Britain's Heritage has submitted a detailed response to the government's consultation on national proposals to permit upward extensions and additional stories to buildings without planning permission.
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.
Stop the tower at Anglia Square in Norwich
In an urgent plea to Norwich City Council, we call on Councillors to stop a 20-storey tower in one Britain's best-preserved medieval cities.
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.
Press release: SAVE backs alternative Hopkins proposal for temporary House of Commons in bid to rescue grade II* listed Whitehall landmark
SAVE is backing an alternative proposal by renowned architect Sir Michael Hopkins for the temporary House of Commons chamber, required by the £6bn refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. The alternative proposal would reprieve the grade II* listed Richmond House on Whitehall - currently slated as the government's preferred site for the temporary chamber and threatened with major demolition and redevelopment.
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.
System update: help us add to and update the Buildings at Risk register
Do you know of any historic buildings standing empty and decaying that should be added to the SAVE Buildings at Risk register? Have you spotted a building that already appears on our register but is now in a different condition than we describe?
SAVE is starting the search for buildings at risk to appear in our 2019- 2020 Buildings at Risk Catalogue and we would like to hear from you. We are also conducting an update of the register and would welcome any news on existing entries.
Press release: Brave challenge by Manchester Civic Society rejected by High Court Judge
The legal challenge to a proposed 40-storey tower overwhelming Manchester’s civic centre has been rejected by a High Court judge.
SAVE considered that the chairman of Manchester Civic Society Steve Speakman had strong legal grounds for challenging the City Council’s planning permission.
SAVE the Empire/Carlton Cinema on Haymarket
The Empire/Carlton is the last surviving 1920s entertainment palace in London's West End - watch our short film.
Paddington Cube - Hearing at Court of Appeal
The hearing took place on 13 September 2018 in front of the President of the Family Division and Lord Justices Singh and Coulson. Judgment has been reserved and It expected to be received in 6 to 12 weeks.
Press release: SAVE presents alternative scheme for St Michael’s site in Manchester
13 September 2018
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has today published an alternative design concept for Jackson’s Row/Bootle Street in central Manchester – the highly contested development site in the city’s historic core known as ‘St Michael’s’.
Developed in collaboration with Ian Chalk Architects, our alternative concept shows how the 1930s former police station headquarters and surrounding streets can be brought back to life and transformed with a conservation led approach.
Paddington Cube: Court of Appeal hearing details update
Our case will be heard at 10.30am on 13th September in Court 71, Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand London WC2A 2LL. The judges will be Lord Justice Singh and Lord Justice Coulson.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Press release: SAVE to challenge Secretary of State at Court of Appeal over Paddington Cube on 13 September 2018
SAVE Britain's Heritage’s legal challenge to the Secretary of State James Brokenshire regarding the highly controversial 19 storey office block will be heard at the Court of Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand on 13th September.
Press release: SAVE publishes new photos of 1927 West End cinema interiors under threat from demolition
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is delighted to present a photographic survey of the Empire Cinema on Haymarket, the fantastic 1920s entertainment palace. In June 2018, we commissioned professional photographer Ian Grundy to highlight the special significance of this unique cinema, currently under threat from demolition plans. See all of the pictures here.
Press release: SAVE backs Steve Speakman's legal challenge against 40-storey tower in Manchester's historic centre
SAVE Britain's Heritage welcomes the bid by Steve Speakman, chairman of Manchester Civic Society, to challenge the highly controversial planning permission for a 40-storey tower in Manchester city centre.
Press release: Save Manchester's historic heart: join the legal challenge
Steve Speakman, chairman of Manchester Civic Society, has today launched a funding appeal for legal advice to challenge the highly controversial 40 storey tower planned for Manchester's historic core.
Leading heritage organisations back urgent calls to save 1920s West End cinema
In a letter published today in The Times, five national heritage organisations are backing our calls to save the Empire Cinema on Haymarket from demolition.
This historic 1927 building, formerly the Carlton Cinema, has beautiful largely intact interiors. It is owned by the Crown Estate and under threat from an application for immunity from listing. It is the last remaining grand palace cinema in the West End still in use as a cinema and theatre.
SAVE welcomes the acquisition of Gwrych Castle by preservation trust
15 June 2018
The castle has been in a desperate state for nearly 50 years and SAVE has supported Mark Baker’s campaigning which remarkably began when he was 11. Described as a fairy tale castle Gwrych is one of the grandest landmarks of the Romantic Era in Europe, an overpoweringly theatrical composition of embattled walls and towers climbing up a wooded hillside.
Press release: SAVE welcomes UNESCO draft decision to retain Liverpool World Heritage status
SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes the draft UNESCO recommendation published last week to retain Liverpool’s World Heritage Status, ahead of the official meeting of the international body at the end of June.
Date set for Paddington Cube Court of Appeal Challenge
01 May 2018
SAVE Britain's Heritage is pleased to announce that our challenge to the Secretary of State regarding the refusal to give reasons for not calling in the Paddington Cube (now marketed as Paddington Square) will be heard at the Court of Appeal on 19th July.
Press release: SAVE Britain’s Heritage calls for urgent listing of last surviving grand 1920s West End cinema
The battle is on to save the Empire Cinema – formerly the Carlton – on Haymarket. This building is the only remaining major cinema of the inter-war years in London’s West End which is both substantially intact and in use as a cinema and should be listed.
Press release: Grimsby Ice Factory among 7 most endangered heritage sites in Europe
Grimsby Ice Factory has been selected by Europa Nostra as one of the most threatened sites in Europe. SAVE Britain’s Heritage nominated the Grade II* listed Ice Factory in 2017 due to widespread local and national concerns about the derelict and deteriorating condition of this historically significant building.
Press release: SAVE Britain’s Heritage calls for public inquiry into Manchester footballers’ tower
SAVE Britain’s Heritage along with other national and local heritage organisations is calling for an independent public inquiry into the highly controversial tower proposed for Manchester’s historic core. Despite widespread concerns and objections to the 40 storey tower, the proposals were given the green light yesterday by Manchester City Council.
Press release: SAVE challenges proposed 'public benefits' of highly controversial tower in Manchester's historic core
SAVE Britain's Heritage has submitted a strong rebuttal to the stated ‘public benefits’ put forward by the developers of the 40 storey tower proposed for Manchester's historic core.
Press release: Manchester tower proposal is most damaging since 1970s Montparnasse Tower in Paris
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has submitted major objections to new plans for a 40-storey tower in a central Manchester’s historic core. The planned tower, next to one of the finest Town Halls in England and the central library building, will have a devastating impact on the harmony and splendour of Manchester’s townscape.
Press release: SAVE welcomes spotlight on Grimsby as Ice Factory named among the 12 ‘most endangered’ heritage sites in Europe
SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes the announcement today that Grimsby’s historic Ice Factory is on Europa Nostra’s shortlist of the most endangered heritage sites in Europe. Just 12 sites have been selected by Europe’s leading heritage organisation and the European Investment Bank Institute.
Press release: SAVE response to Paddington Cube legal challenge
The High Court has today dismissed the legal action by SAVE Britain's Heritage challenging the Secretary of State over his refusal to call in the Paddington Cube proposals for public inquiry. SAVE’s challenge focuses on the government’s refusal to give reasons for his decision not to call-in the highly controversial west London proposals.
Press release: SAVE welcomes new Conservation Area for Grimsby – following our high-profile campaign to stop demolition last year
SAVE Britain's Heritage warmly welcomes the announcement this week that Grimsby has created a new Conservation Area for the town's historic fishing docks, known as the Kasbah - a network of historic warehouses, smoke houses and shops on a handful of streets which date back to the 1870s
SAVE launches fundraising appeal for Paddington Cube legal costs ahead of High Court hearing on 1st November
In the run-up to our judicial review hearing in the High Court of Justice on 1st November, SAVE has launched a fundraising appeal towards legal costs against the highly controversial proposals known as ‘The Paddington Cube’.
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.
SAVE granted permission for judicial review of government decision on Paddington Cube
The High Court has granted permission to SAVE Britain's Heritage to challenge the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government over his refusal to call in the Paddington Cube proposals for public inquiry.
UNESCO rebukes UK government over Liverpool World Heritage Site and issues final warning
UNESCO has issued its strongest warning to date that Liverpool risks losing its coveted ‘World Heritage’ status in 2018, unless the UK Government acts now to make major corrective changes to the way it manages the city’s historic waterfront.
Leading historians and architects back petition to save world famous bell foundry
Leading historians and architects have signed a petition to ‘Save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry’, submitted to the government in Downing Street on 19th April.
Grandest stately home saved for the Nation - Wentworth Woodhouse sale completes
After 70 years of uncertainty the future of one of England’s grandest country houses is now secure. This follows the £7m sale of Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire to the specially formed Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, initiated by SAVE.
Whitechapel Bell Foundry update: Building trust seeks urgent deal with owners to save buildings and business
In a letter published in The Times, a Trustee of the UK Heritage Building Preservation Trust makes an open request to the owners of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry to defer the current sale and auction, to enable an alternative model to be assembled which would save the foundry for the nation.
Campaign update: Paddington Cube placed on ice by Secretary of State
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has issued an Article 31 holding direction on the Paddington Cube, preventing Westminster City Council from granting planning permission, whilst he considers whether the application should be called in for a public inquiry
Press release: SAVE tackles 31 and 21 storey towers proposed in Manchester’s civic heart
The proposal for two towers of 31 and 21 storeys is within a Conservation Area and next to the city’s historic Town Hall and Central Library buildings.
Press release: SAVE Britain’s Heritage blasts “outrageously and gratuitously overscaled” Paddington Cube
SAVE has submitted strong objections against the proposed 54m Paddington Cube and called on Westminster’s planning committee to refuse the application for offices when it is decided on 6 December 2016.
Press release: The King's Pavement - A new lease of life for 152-158 Strand
SAVE's proposals to improve the setting of Somerset House, King's College and the Baroque gem of St Mary-Le-Strand
Press Release: Save the Strand Buildings
SAVE launches petition calling on King’s College to stop demolition of 152-158 the Strand.