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SAVE Annual Lecture with Simon Jenkins
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is delighted to announce this year's lecture by Simon Jenkins entitled: Who Guards London?
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.
PRESS RELEASE: SAVE condemns plans to demolish historic building as 'state sponsored vandalism'
SAVE Britain's Heritage has condemned plans to demolish a historic building on Whitehall as "state sponsored vandalism of the first order". Richmond House, the former department of health HQ in central London is set to be flattened, apart from the front facade, to make way for a temporary House of Commons under plans unveiled today by the Restoration and Renewal Programme. The temporary chamber would be used for just 7-8 years while the neighbouring Palace of Westminster is refurbished.
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.
2018-2019 Buildings at Risk Catalogue, "Revive and Survive" to be published 27 June 2018
Revive and Survive: SAVE publishes national 2018-19 Buildings at Risk Catalogue
SAVE Britain’s Heritage’s latest Buildings at Risk Catalogue, Revive and Survive, will be published on 27 June 2018. It features over 100 empty and neglected buildings gathered from all round the country which need a fresh start to give them renewed life and to ensure their survival. This year, the publication has been named following a vote by our followers on Twitter.
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.