Recent publicity relating to SAVE campaigns, publications, buildings at risk and any other matters can be found below.
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
SAVE in the news - October 2022
We’ve been thrilled by the powerful media spotlight that has been shone on SAVE’s fight to stop M&S demolishing its flagship Oxford Street building.
SAVE in the news - June 2022
It’s been a busy month. The Buildings at Risk launch generated headlines from Northumberland to Cornwall, while SAVE’s director Henrietta Billings was quoted in a major Guardian piece on the M&S call-in, a story that was covered by most major news outlets. Norris Castle, the remains of St Olave’s in Norwich and other casework also generated headlines.
SAVE in the news - May 2022
SAVE's work in May featured in national and regional newspapers and magazines - from the Daily Mail to the Daily Star. Our open letter calling on Michael Gove to hold a public inquiry into plans to demolish M&S’s flagship store received particular attention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 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: 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 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.
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: 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.
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 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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 salvo helps avert needless demolition of Victorian villa
Plans to demolish locally listed Victorian villa thrown out by Councillors
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: 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.
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: 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Docklands and East London Advertiser - Swan Wharf, Dace Road, Old Ford
Rejection of plans to redevelop historic stable block is ‘a big step in the right direction’
Inquiry cancelled as Tracey Emin withdraws controversial demolition application
SAVE welcomes Tracey Emin's withdrawal of controversial plans to demolish and replace a landmark building in Spitalfields which stands on a prominent corner of a conservation area.
Update: St Mary’s Grimsby is saved!
SAVE is delighted that St Mary’s Grimsby is to remain open following an announcement from the Bishop of Nottingham on 17 November.
Save St Mary’s! Grimsby’s historic Catholic church under threat
St Mary’s on the Sea, Grimsby’s only listed Catholic church, is under threat following an internal review recommending its closure.
SAVE condemns imminent demolition of historic Cambridge terrace in Conservation Area
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has condemned the imminent demolition of a Victorian terrace on the edge of Cambridge’s historic core as ‘wanton and unnecessary destruction’. Nos 32-38 Station Road, commonly known as Wilton Terrace, lie in a Conservation Area in the historic city, close to the city’s railway station.
Press release: Associated British Ports bulldozes unique historic buildings on Grimsby Docks
Associated British Ports (ABP), the owners of a fine set of Victorian and Edwardian buildings on Grimsby Docks, has begun major demolition today, despite pleas from five national heritage organisations to save and re-use them.
Press release: SAVE condemns demolition of Grimsby's fishing heritage as owners ignore expert pleas to re-think plans
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has condemned plans by owners Associated British Ports to continue with the demolition of historic buildings on Grimsby docks, despite pleas from us, Historic England and other leading national heritage organisations to halt demolition.
The Sunday Times: Where bombs failed, greed threatens to ravage our cathedral cities
Charles Clover writes on the Silver Hill development threatening Winchester
Kapow! A blow to butchering developers that will resonate for years
Charles Clover's piece on Smithfield in the Sunday Times 13.07.14
Sunday Times: 'A corrupt clique of rulers keeps the north grotty to stay in power'
Charles Clover's article (22/06/14) looks at the Welsh Streets Public Inquiry.
John McAslan versus SAVE as second battle of Smithfield begins
Ahead of the public inquiry, architect John McAslan and SAVE's Marcus Binney present arguments for and against the Smithfield Market overhaul. The Architects' Journal, 24.01.14
SAVE's Director Clem Cecil interviewed for Country Life Magazine
Clem was the featured interview in the heritage issue of Country Life
Renewed hope for 59 and 61 East Street, Southend, Essex as they are saved from demolition!
A pair of late 19th-century houses in the Prittlewell Conservation Area in Southend, Essex listed on Essex County Council's Buildings at Risk Register have been saved from demolition giving renewed hope for the future of 59 and 61 East Street.
SAVE on the Alan Titchmarsh show, 9 October 2012
Watch SAVE's Deputy Director, Rhiannon Wicks, on the Alan Titchmarsh show yesterday, 9 October 2012, talking about SAVE and buildings at risk
Coverage in the Observer about Liverpool and Pathfinder Campaign
SAVE was featured in an article about Liverpool and the Pathfinder campaign on 23 September 2012 in the Observer newspaper.
Watch SAVE Director, Clem Cecil, on BBC North West in Liverpool, talking about recent High Court ruling on transitional funds
Watch SAVE Director, Clem Cecil, on BBC North West in Liverpool on 20 September talking about the recent High Court ruling (18 September) on Pathfinder transitional funds
New Buildings at Risk Catalogue - Press Reaction
Extensive nation-wide coverage of the new Buildings at Risk Catalogue, Dare to Care, has already begun.
Samara: Endangered City on the Volga
Rediscovered Utopias; Saving London's Suburbs
Silesia; Land of Dying Country Houses
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.
All We Need is Love; Buildings at Risk 2009-10
Brighton Churches: The Need for Action Now
New publication: David Meara reviews Brighton Churches in The Times, May 29 2009
Elvian School Site, Reading
Case: SAVE's letter printed in The Times, June 01 2009