At Restoration UK, we’re big fans of Save Britain’s Heritage, a great charity which campaigns to protect Britain’s built heritage. As such, we were excited to see that their latest Buildings at Risk Catalogue will be published on 27th June 2016.
Described as, “the ultimate ‘lonely hearts’ list for buildings across the country in need of new owners or new use,” it features over 100 new entries suggested by conservation officers or brought to our attention by members of the public. Buildings featured range from enchanting cottages and farmhouses, to larger country houses, dockyard buildings, mills, as well as chapels and civic buildings.
If you’re looking for a heritage building to restore, you can choose from a number of cinemas and theatres which are at risk, as well as a WWII Women’s Land Army Hostel, a Pumping Station and a Gothic gatehouse.
Spotlight on Heritage
You can also learn about what happened to buildings featured in earlier reports, and read “spotlights” on particular topics; the first is a personal account of the saving of a Cumbrian farm cottage which had featured in a previous buildings at risk catalogue; the second looks at the particular threats faced by cinema buildings and the work of the Cinema Theatres Association to protect them; and the third reports on Northern Ireland’s buildings at risk and includes many success stories.
Organised by county, each entry includes a description of the property and its condition, and aims to bring to life the individual qualities of each building, from the modest beauty of a tiny thatched cottage in Norfolk to the sophisticated charms of a neoclassical townhouse in Glasgow. It also includes information about what constitutes a building at risk, where help and funding can be sought, an overview of planning policy if taking on a listed building and where to look for more information. In short, if you’re looking for a heritage home to save, Buildings at Risk is an essential purchase.
Save Heritage Buildings
Mike Fox, SAVE Deputy Director, says: “Campaigning for buildings at risk, whether modest or magnificent, has always been a key part of SAVE’s work, and Great Expectations is the latest in the series of SAVE’s buildings at risk catalogues. Highlighting historic buildings from all over the country, and of all shapes and sizes, we hope that our readers will heroically take up the challenge and help revive these buildings.
Orders can be made online, by post – SAVE, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ – or over the phone on 020 7253 3500.