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.
Building of the Month January 2019: East Scale Farmhouse, West of Grisedale, Garsdale, Yorkshire Dales
With some determination and imagination, this interesting farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales could become a welcoming place of shelter and community once again.
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.
Concert: Tenebrae Consort in St Mary le Strand, 26 November 2018, London, 6pm-8pm
SAVE is delighted to announce a special concert by Tenebrae Consort on 26 November. Join us for an evening of music to celebrate the beauty and splendour of St Mary Le Strand.
Book launch: Too good to lose. Historic schools at risk, 21 November 2018
Life or death for Britain's historic schools - these forgotten glories need saving now
You are warmly invited to join us for the special launch of the latest SAVE publication.
Building of the Month November 2018: Lock Keeper's Cottages, Ipswich
These small but distinctive buildings are at the heart of the historic port of Ipswich. They have stood boarded up for several years. Together with other nearby dock buildings they could play a leading role in the regeneration of the area.
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.
Building of the Month October 2018: Old Haggs Farm
Farmhouse with close links to D.H. Lawrence needs new impetus to secure its future
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.
SAVE photographer shortlisted for Welsh heritage award
SAVE is delighted to hear that Barry Eveleigh has been shortlisted for a Heritage Angel Award Wales in the category of "Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording" for his project entitled "The Lost World of the Welsh Chapel".
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.
Building of the Month, September 2018: The Bilston School of Art, Wolverhampton
The Bilston School of Art has long served Wolverhampton as a place of education and improvement. Situated in the Mount Pleasant area of Wolverhampton, it was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.
Building of the Month August 2018: Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
The Royal Terrace is located in Southend-on-Sea right next to the seafront.
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.
SAVE objects to proposed loss of Ealing’s last conservation officer post
SAVE Britain’s Heritage objects to the plans to abolish the principle conservation officer post within the planning department of the London Borough of Ealing, the only post with specific heritage expertise.
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.
Building of the Month July 2018: Griffin Inn, Llyswen, Powys
The Griffin Inn, a building full of character and history, is for sale and needs new owners to bring it back to life. It stands in a village on the banks of the River Wye, north of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
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.
Building of the Month June 2018: Cattistock Lodge, Dorset
Taken from the cover of our forthcoming Buildings at Risk Catalogue, Revive and Survive, Cattistock Lodge has a beautiful and mysterious appearance. It is a house that has clearly been in decline for a while and stands in grounds containing other buildings.
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.
SAVE urges Waltham Forest to stop imminent demolition of two remaining Edwardian buildings at Selwyn Primary school in Highams Park
SAVE feels very strongly about the loss of these handsome Edwardian buildings. Even at this late stage, we support the efforts of local people to save the remaining delightful buildings from the bulldozer.
Star actress backs listing of the historic Empire cinema, Haymarket
The award winning film, television and theatre actress, Gillian Anderson OBE has written to Historic England backing our listing application for the Empire, Haymarket, and made a plea for the preservation of the interiors of this 1927 cinema.
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.
Building of the Month April 2018: 11 Eldon Street, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire
Standing in the centre of Tuxford, an old coaching stop on the Great North Road in Nottinghamshire, this modest but historic building needs definitive action to make it safe and bring it back into use.
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: Listed buildings under threat in Wales - heritage groups urge rethink of planning law reform
In a letter printed in The Times today, nine national heritage organisations including SAVE Britain’s Heritage are calling on the Welsh Law Commission and the Welsh Assembly to reject proposed changes to legislation that would abolish listed building consent and merge it with planning permission.
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.
Building of the Month January 2018: Hexham Workhouse needs to be put to work again
Hexham Workhouse has been on our register since 2006, the year after it was acquired by a developer with plans to convert to care home use. Apart from a withdrawn application to demolish some of the buildings on site in 2010, no specific proposals have yet been made as to its new use. With no plans ever forthcoming, a local group has proposed an alternative affordable housing scheme.
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.
Announcement: SAVE Christmas membership offer
Support SAVE by joining us as a Friend before 20th December 2017 and receive a £5.00 SAVE book voucher
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
Event: A modern 'architectural sensation': The Jubilee Line Extension stations and their future
Join SAVE Britain's Heritage for a special event on the 25th October 2017 celebrating the design and architecture of the Jubilee Line Extension stations
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’.
SAVE Lecture: Just a certificate on the wall? UNESCO World Heritage status and the battle for the city
We were delighted that SAVE's 2017 annual lecture was given by architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright, entitled:Just a certificate on the wall? UNESCO World Heritage status and the battle for the city
Building of the Month October 2017: Brynwell Farmhouse, Vale of Glamorgan
Victorian but with 14th century elements, this Grade II listed farmhouse near to Cardiff may stand on the site of a 12th century castle. It could be brought back into residential use and there is potential for the outbuildings also to be converted.
Press release: Developer mutilates Jacobean ceiling to avoid potential listing
An ornate Jacobean pendant ceiling in Bristol, dating from the 1620s, was demolished by its owner yesterday (30 August 2017), in a bid to avoid it being listed by Historic England
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.
SAVE supports plans to restore Firbeck Hall, South Yorkshire
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has written in support of an application to restore Firbeck Hall, a late-sixteenth century country house near Rotherham, in South Yorkshire.
Leading architects, writers and historians back bid to save Southwark tube station - a modern ‘architectural sensation’
A group of leading historians, writers and architects is urging the Secretary of State for Culture Karen Bradley to assess the architectural quality of 11 modern Jubilee Line tube stations – all opened to critical acclaim in 1999 - including Southwark which was recently refused listing.
SAVE objects to demolition of North West House, Westminster
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has objected to proposals to demolish North West House, a handsome historic building on the Marylebone Road in Westminster.
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.
Demolition threat to former Gurdwara and Congregational Church in GravesendSAVE has strongly reiterated our objections to the proposed demolition of the former Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend, formerly the Milton Congregational Church.
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.
SAVE objects to brutal and insensitive plans for the Inner Temple Library
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has submitted major objections to proposals that would gut and drastically alter a historic library in the City of London.
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
SAVE campaign success: Competition launched to transform Perth City Hall into an arts centre
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has launched an international competition to transform Perth City Hall into a visual arts centre, hopefully securing the building’s future.
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 calls for increased Conservation Area protection ahead of heritage debate in Parliament this week
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is calling for new laws to strengthen and clarify protection of historic buildings, streets and places in Conservation Areas across Britain, ahead of a special debate in the House of Commons on 26th January.
Press release: SAVE launches petition against Paddington Cube and calls on Secretary of State to halt the highly controversial plans
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has written to Secretary of State Sajid Javid urging him to halt the highly controversial 'Paddington Cube' plans and to review the decision to grant permission via an independent public inquiry.
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.
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.
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.
Press release: Chancellor’s support will transform magnificent stately home into new Northern Powerhouse
The Chancellor’s offer of a start up grant of £7.6m for Wentworth Woodhouse opens the way for the most ambitious and exciting stately home rescue in decades.
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: Liverpool approves tower in World Heritage Site buffer zone, despite serious concern from UNESCO
Liverpool City Council has approved proposals for a 22-storey tower on Skelhorne Street in the buffer zone of the city’s World Heritage Site.
Press release: Pitchford Hall - Sleeping Beauty Awakens
One of England’s loveliest timber-framed houses has been awoken from a 25 year slumber of neglect and steady decay, thanks to sustained support from SAVE.
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.
SAVE condemns imminent demolition of Futurist as 'civic vandalism'
SAVE Britain's Heritage laments the hurried destruction of a fine piece of early cinema architecture on Lime Street, Liverpool, one of the grandest frontages of its kind to survive in England. In the annals of architectural history, this demolition is an arch piece of civic vandalism.
SAVE wins heritage protection for threatened Liverpool Church
An historic church threatened with demolition has been listed at Grade II following an application by SAVE Britain’s Heritage
Press release: Destruction of Liverpool’s global heritage set to continue as Court of Appeal rejects SAVE’s call to save Lime Street
The reprieve granted for the demolition of the 1912 Futurist Cinema and neighbouring historic buildings has been ended by the Court of Appeal.
Heritage groups issue open letter calling on Associated British Ports to stop demolition in historic Grimsby Docks
In an open letter, printed in The Times newspaper today, six heritage organisations including SAVE have called on Associated British Ports to halt the demolition of historic buildings within Grimsby Docks.
Work begins on refurbishing Liverpool’s Welsh Streets
August will see the first phase of plans to restore and revive Liverpool’s Welsh Streets get underway, with a pilot scheme bringing the terraced houses on Voelas Street and High Park Street back into use.
Press release: ‘Stop the Rot’: SAVE calls for urgent action to revive and regenerate historic buildings at Grimsby docks and steps back from legal challenge
With the greatest reluctance SAVE has decided that it cannot pursue its court challenge on the historic Cosalt buildings at Grimsby Docks further due to escalating costs
Leading national heritage organisation and local businesses join Grimsby campaign
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) is the latest influential national heritage body to back the campaign to save Grimsby’s historic dock buildings from demolition by owners Associated British Ports (ABP).
Press release: SAVE applies to Court of Appeal in next step to save historic Grimsby dock buildings
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal the recent decision by North East Lincolnshire Council to demolish several historic buildings at Grimsby docks.
SAVE calls on new Secretary of State to convene urgent Liverpool World Heritage Site summit
SAVE has written to Karen Bradley, the new Secretary of State for the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), to request she call a summit meeting to address the serious issue of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site (WHS), which is on the UNESCO At Risk list.
Press release: Judge delays demolition for a week but rules against SAVE's Judicial Review regarding demolition plans for Grimsby’s historic docks
SAVE considers going to Court of Appeal.
UNESCO flags ‘serious concerns’ over impact of major new development on Liverpool World Heritage Site
UNESCO is set to re-iterate its ‘serious concerns’ about Liverpool’s World Heritage site, and is recommending that all major development within the area and buffer zone is stopped before satisfactory measures to eliminate threats to the site are in place.
Press release: SAVE challenges demolition of historic Grimsby Docks buildings and launches fundraising appeal
SAVE has launched a legal challenge to protect a series of historic port buildings from imminent demolition in Grimsby Docks, Lincolnshire.
SAVE submits 5,000 strong Foyles Petition to Secretary of State
SAVE has submitted a petition of over 5,000 names to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in support of the request for a call in.
Press release: Calls grow for re-think of Liverpool’s Lime Street redevelopment plan as architect slams proposals as “monolithic” and “bleak”
Liverpool based architect and urban designer Trevor Skempton has slammed the proposed redevelopment of Liverpool’s Lime Street, describing it as “a monolithic development with a few shops added like an afterthought.”
Press release: Foyles War – SAVE calls on the Secretary of State to halt demolition of Soho landmark
SAVE has written to Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, requesting that he call in proposals to demolish a landmark site in the Soho Conservation Area for a public inquiry.
Press release: SAVE joins calls to the Mayor of London to save landmark site in Soho Conservation Area
SAVE has written to Sadiq Khan, the new Mayor of London, requesting he refuse proposals to demolish a key site in Soho, including the former Foyles building.
The Futurist is not a threat to public safety: read the independent expert report here
This report by Integral Engineering Design was commissioned at end of May by Liverpool City Council and SAVE in a bid to establish the condition of the Futurist and its façade by an independent third party engineer.
Press release: SAVE to publish 2016-17 buildings at risk catalogue Great Expectations on 27 June
SAVE's 2016-17 Buildings at Risk Catalogue will be published on 27th June 2016 and this year features a fascinating selection of buildings including a number of cinemas and theatres as well as a WWII Women's Land Army Hostel, a Pumping Station and a gothic gatehouse.
Exhibition 'Development Hell' at Shoreditch Church with participation of SAVE extended until end of May
SAVE Britain's Heritage is taking part in a grassroots exhibition at Shoreditch Church, 'Development Hell', highlighting challenging planning battles taking place in London today and providing practical advice for campaigners.
Press release: New expert report commissioned by Liverpool City Council and SAVE confirms that the Futurist facade is not a danger to the public – and can be retained
A new report jointly commissioned by Liverpool City Council and SAVE confirms that the façade of the historic Futurist cinema on Lime Street is stable, and emergency demolition is not necessary.
SAVE agrees immediate conservation works to Liverpool’s Futurist
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has agreed conservation works to remove the pediment on the façade of the Futurist on Lime Street, following an emergency site visit and talks with the Council.
Updated Statement from SAVE on the Futurist Cinema, Liverpool Lime Street
On Monday 16 May 2016, in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Lindblom heard an application by Liverpool City Council to vary an undertaking given to the Court which would result in the partial demolition of the façade using heavy plant.
Press release: Key victory as SAVE halts immediate demolition of Liverpool’s Futurist cinema at the Court of Appeal
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has won a key victory at the Court of Appeal in the fight to save the frontage of the 1912 Futurist cinema from immediate demolition.
Press release: SAVE vision for Lime Street
As part of the ongoing campaign to save Liverpool's Futurist Cinema, SAVE releases a new panorama showing the whole street front revised and restored with shops and places to eat.
New publication: Big Saves: Heroic transformations of great landmarks
SAVE's latest publication shows how Britain has led the way in breathing new life into great historic buildings, from naval dockyards to textile mills, grand hotels to hospitals, town halls to power stations, and many more.
Press release: Liverpool Lime Street campaign boost as SAVE gets appeal green light
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has just received permission from the Court of Appeal to press ahead with a major challenge against the demolition of more than 10 historic buildings on Lime Street in central Liverpool.
Press release: SAVE calls on Liverpool City Council to act on recommendations of independent report and retain the historic façade of the Futurist Cinema
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has submitted an urgent report to Liverpool City Council challenging the imminent demolition plans proposed to the building’s historic façade.
Press Release: Success in Southend – two historic houses saved from demolition
SAVE is pleased to report that after four years of campaigning, 59-61 East Street, Southend-on-Sea, have been saved from demolition
PRESS RELEASE: Liverpool’s historic Futurist cinema threatened by proposed emergency ‘deconstruction’ works
SAVE is extremely concerned about the immediate future of the former Futurist Cinema in Lime Street, Liverpool, following a press release issued by the owners Liverpool City Council which states that urgent ‘deconstruction’ works at the building are required
Press release: Henrietta Billings joins SAVE as new Director
SAVE is delighted to welcome Henrietta Billings as our new Director.
SAVE applies to the Court Of Appeal to save Liverpool Lime Street and the Futurist Cinema, all of which are in the World Heritage Site Buffer Zone
SAVE considers it too important a site to be demolished for student housing and a shopping mall.
Press release: Preservation trust to acquire Wentworth Woodhouse
SAVE is delighted to announce that agreement has been reached with the Newbold family on the purchase of one of the finest and grandest historic houses in Britain, Wentworth Woodhouse.
SAVE condemns plans by Tracey Emin to demolish a locally listed building in Spitalfields, London
We call on Tower Hamlets to refuse consent at the planning committee meeting next week.
Press release: After nearly 12 years of decline and decay, Liverpool City Council invites developer to refurbish the Welsh Streets
SAVE welcomes the move, but calls for multiple ownership and careful treatment of existing buildings
Press release: Judge rules against SAVE's Judicial Review in Manchester High Court regarding demolition plans for Liverpool’s Lime Street. SAVE considers going to Court of Appeal.
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 Statement: Liverpool Lime Street
SAVE responds to comments from Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson
Press release: SAVE presents new research about the Phoenix Columns at Smithfield General Market
Press release: SAVE salutes King's College London's decision to withdrawn its planning application for the Strand
King's College London have withdrawn their plans to demolish 154-158 and façade 152-153 Strand, following overwhelming public opposition led by SAVE.
Press release: SAVE supports local groups campaigning against over-development on the City fringe, in Tower Hamlets
SAVE gives support to local groups in East London
Press release: Public Inquiry called over plans to demolish 154-158 and façade 152-153 Strand
SAVE welcomes Greg Clark's decision to call in Kings College's planning application.
Press release: SAVE prepares a new vision for Silver Hill, Winchester
With the architect Huw Thomas SAVE is preparing a new vision for the Silver Hill site in Winchester
Press release: change of position from Historic England on the Strand buildings; Michael Palin adds his voice to the campaign
SAVE welcomes Historic England’s reviewed stance on the Strand: they now conclude that King’s College’s proposals to demolish four buildings and retain only the façade of a fifth causes substantial harm to the conservation area
Press Release and Call To Arms: Stay Of Execution For Strand Buildings
The Secretary of State has issued Westminster Council with a holding direction that suspends planning permission. Please write to the Secretary of State to request a call in.
Press Release: Save the Strand Buildings
SAVE launches petition calling on King’s College to stop demolition of 152-158 the Strand.
Press Release: Kings College London proposes demolition of a group of distinctive historic buildings on one of London’s most famous thoroughfares: SAVE objects
SAVE is robustly objecting to a planning application from Kings College, London, to demolish four buildings on the Strand that goes to planning committee tonight in the City of Westminster (Tuesday 21st April).
Press release: SAVE calls on Sailors’ union Nautilus not to sink Mersey maritime landmark
The imposing Andrew Gibson House was completed in 1906, the gift of a wealthy Liverpool cotton merchant, to provide a sanctuary for the widows of elderly sailors and men lost at sea.
Press Release: SAVE wins hard fought Welsh Streets Public Inquiry
Pickles says leaving Ringo Starr’s birthplace in a stub of street is not enough.
Press release: The future of England's grandest country house
A race is on to raise funds to preserve Wentworth Woodhouse, one of the grandest stately homes in Britain, by placing it in a new charitable trust which will open it to the public. So far £3.4m has been pledged towards an acquisition target of £7m. SAVE is now urgently seeking a matching sum to enable the purchase to go ahead.
Press release: A forty year fight to save country houses from decay and demolition is celebrated in SAVE’s latest publication
The Destruction of the Country House: Forty Years On
Press release: Seafield House - Saved On Death Row
Seafield House, Ayr, has been saved from demolition after being acquired by sympathetic developer Robin Ghosh, founder of Ecostruct Design and Build.
Press release: dual exhibition at the V&A to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Destruction of the Country House exhibition.
September is a bumper month for SAVE. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark exhibition the Destruction of the Country House at the V&A.
Press Release: Smithfield General Market is saved!
SAVE has won an overwhelming and resounding victory in the battle to save Smithfield General Market and the nearby Fish Market, both splendid examples of Victorian market halls.
Press release: Save unveils refurbishment of 21 Madryn Street, former home of Ringo Starr’s aunt in the Welsh Streets, to designs by Wayne and Tilly Hemingway
As the public inquiry into the demolition of over 400 terraced houses in Liverpool’s Welsh Streets gets underway, SAVE presents the redecoration and refurbishment currently taking place at our house in Madryn Street.
Press Release: SAVE launches crowd funding initiative to raise funds for a public inquiry into the Welsh Streets, Liverpool
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Press Release: SAVE objects to Perth and Kinross Council’s proposed demolition of Perth City Hall
SAVE has written to object to an application seeking consent to demolish the Category B listed Perth City Hall, which this year is celebrating its centenary.
Press Release: The Victorian Society submits listing applications to English Heritage for the General Market and Fish Market at Smithfield
The Victorian Society has today submitted listing applications to English Heritage for the General Market and Fish Market at Smithfield in London, considering that previous listing assessments of the buildings had serious flaws.
Press Release: SAVE Britain’s Heritage wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Small Grants programme to develop a corporate fundraising strategy
Press Release: SAVE and the Victorian Society submit a full planning application for Smithfield General Market and Annex.
This alternative scheme involves no demolition and is based on a business plan from Urban Space Management, who transformed Camden Lock, and Spitalfields Market from empty heritage buildings with zero occupancy into thriving, vibrant cultural destinations.
Press Release: SAVE gives its support to proposals to rejuvenate Perth City Hall
SAVE fully supports the proposals by Perth City Market Trust, and urges Perth and Kinross Council to work with the Trust, rather then reject the proposal.
Press Release: Gateshead Council ignores judicial review proceedings and commences demolitions in Bensham and Saltwell. SAVE seeks an injunction.
Yesterday evening the demolition of terraced housing on Westminster Street near Saltwell Park, Newcastle began. At stake are 290 houses in the wider area whose demolition was given permission this summer by Gateshead Council.
Pickles calls Public Inquiry into Welsh Streets Application – but does not call in similar application in Gateshead.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes yesterday’s government announcement of a Public Inquiry into controversial housing demolitions in Liverpool’s famous ‘Welsh Streets’, birthplace of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. SAVE regrets that the government has chosen not to call in a similar application in Gateshead
Press Release: Seafield House, Ayr, is put back on the market potentially heralding a new chapter in the life of this important building
Seafield House, Ayr, the former residence of renowned Scottish engineer Sir William Arrol, is put back on the market, potentially heralding a new chapter in the life of this important building. SAVE appeals to the local authority to ensure the right outcome for the house is reached.
Press Release: Smithfield General Market to be called in for public inquiry decides Secretary of State
Secretary of State Eric Pickles has decided to call in the application from Hendersons Global Investors, granted planning permission by the City of London corporation on 16th July.
Press Release: Sir John Soane’s Piercefield House is in peril: handsome offer made to repair it
SAVE urges its owners to give the offer serious consideration.
SAVE welcomes Eric Pickles move to consider Public Inquiry on Planning Decision for Welsh Streets, Liverpool
SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes Eric Pickles’ rapid decision to suspend demolition of 440 homes in Liverpool’s Welsh Streets area. Pickles’ intervention provides a much needed chance to establish a fair solution for an historic neighbourhood left boarded up by a failed regeneration programme.
Press Release: Pathfinder continues in Liverpool where planning permission is granted to demolish 440 terraced houses on the Welsh Streets - SAVE demands Public Inquiry.
Liverpool Council grants Housing Association, Plus Dane, permission to demolish 440 houses on the Welsh Streets, Toxteth, Liverpool - a continuation of Pathfinder-scale demolition 18 months after the Government officially called an end to the destructive policy.
Press Release: Liverpool Council to Decide Fate of Welsh Streets Tomorrow, 23rd July
Tomorrow, Liverpool Council will decide whether to approve an application to demolish 440 homes on the Welsh Streets in Toxteth, the birthplace of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
Press Release: City grants itself permission to gut Smithfield General Market - SAVE asks the Secretary of State for a Call In.
Today in London’s Guildhall the Planning and Transportation Committee voted 19 to 2 to give planning permission to a controversial proposal from Henderson Global Investors to gut the handsome market halls of the Smithfield General Market.
Press Release: Weasel words used to condemn Smithfield General Market and replace it with a fake.
Application to demolish most of the General Market and Annex, including their magnificent interiors to be decided at Planning Committee meeting in the City on 16th July.
Press Release: Jessops Hospital, Sheffield - Court of Appeal Ruling
Yesterday in the Court of Appeal, SAVE Britain’s Heritage and the Victorian Society established the correct interpretation of the crucial and controversial paragraph 133 of National Planning Policy. However on the facts of this particular case we failed to secure permission for Judicial Review into Sheffield Council’s decision to grant permission to Sheffield University to demolish the Grade 2 listed Jessops Hospital, to make way for a new engineering block.
Dockyard Church Rescue Deal Celebrated
The future of one of Kent’s most important buildings looks to be secure following a landmark rescue deal between a council and a building preservation trust.
SAVE Submits Petition to Ed Vaizey Calling on him to List Smithfield General Market
SAVE has submitted a petition of 2,665 signatures to Ed Vaizey, calling on him to list Smithfield General Market
Press Release: SAVE Britain's Heritage and the Victorian Society Join Forces in an Attempt to Save Jessops Hospital in Sheffield
The Victorian Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage have issued joint Judicial Review proceedings with the aim of saving the Grade II listed Edwardian Jessop Hospital building from demolition, that was granted to the University by Sheffield City Council.
Press release: SAVE Unveils Alternative Plans for the Mid-Wales Hospital, Talgarth, Wales
As its future once again hangs in the balance, SAVE and Graham Frecknall Architects unveil alternative plans which would retain the majority of the historic hospital buildings.
One of London's Top Market Entrepreneurs Makes Offer on Smithfield General Market
One of London’s leading market entrepreneurs, Urban Space Management, have today submitted an offer to the City Corporation to enter into a 90-year lease on Smithfield General Market
Press Release: Alternative Business Plan for Smithfield General Market Released
SAVE and Urban Space Management's viable business scheme for Smithfield General Market and our letter making an offer on the site.
Press Release: SAVE calls on Maria Miller to list the London Fruit and Wool Exchange
MINISTER SHOULD FOLLOW LEAD OF HER PREDECESSOR IN COVENT GARDEN AND LIST THE LONDON FRUIT AND WOOL EXCHANGE
SAVE Submits Smithfield Objection Letter
SAVE Britain’s Heritage today submitted its letter of objection to the City Corporation against a scheme to mutilate Smithfield General Market.
BATTLE LINES DRAWN AS ENGLISH HERITAGE PERFORMS A DRAMATIC CLIMB DOWN ON SMITHFIELD GENERAL MARKET
In a shocking volte face, English Heritage has written a letter to the City of London in support of a scheme to replace Smithfield General Market with an office development.
Sheffield City Council approves demolition of Grade II listed Edwardian Jessop Hospital despite objections from the heritage sector
SAVE objects to Sheffield City Council's decision to allow Sheffield University to demolish Grade II Listed Edwardian Jessop Hospital building, subject to approval by Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.
HISTORIC STREETS FACE BULLDOZER - PLANNING APPLICATION INITIATED TO DEMOLISH 450 HOUSES IN LIVERPOOL
Housing Association Plus Dane presses ahead with government-funded plans to bulldoze 450 terraced houses in Liverpool's historic Welsh Streets, the birthplace of Beatle Ringo Starr.
Smithfield General Market - Petition to stop gutting of buildings
Henderson Global Investors' plan for Smithfield General Market is a thinly veiled application to build a series of office blocks, and demolish a remarkable group of Victorian market hall interiors. Please sign this petition to Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey to stop the gutting of Smithfield, and to list the building.
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.
Government-funded Pathfinder-style demolitions continue in Liverpool, despite announcements about bringing empty homes back into use
Liverpool Council today announced that £14million was at last going to be spent on bringing hundreds of empty homes back into use in the city. However, SAVE can reveal almost three times as many empty homes will still be demolished, paid for by this money.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TIDINGS FROM SAVE – LIVERPOOL’S LITTLEWOODS IS SAVED!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TIDINGS FROM SAVE – LIVERPOOL’S LITTLEWOODS IS SAVED!
Edwardian former mental hospital saved from demolition
A model Edwardian hospital of 1900 designed by London architects Giles Gough and Trollope set in rolling green fields on the lower slopes of the Brecon Beacons National Park has been saved from demolition by the unanimous vote of members of the planning committee of the National Park Authority. For over ten years the handsome stone-built hospital buildings have looked increasingly doomed as they have been vandalised and left to rot.
Boris Set to Gut Major Spitalfields Landmark
SAVE calls for listing on 1929 Baroque Fruit and Wool Exchange built in homage to Hawksmoor
Labour need to learn from housing demolition disaster
Labour must learn lessons from their disastrous £2.2.bn housing demolition policy, which bought up and bulldozed over 30,000 affordable homes across northern England since 2003.
TWO VICTORIES AGAINST THE SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE HIGH COURT FOR SAVE BRITAIN'S HERITAGE
SAVE Britain's Heritage has won two major high court rulings in their decade-long campaign to end housing destruction in the north of England, both of which will potentially save thousands of homes from the bulldozer and bring in a new era of neighbourhood refurbishment.
SAVE calls on the new Housing Minister to support new proposals that champion Liverpool's Welsh Streets.
SAVE calls on the new Housing Minister to support new proposals that champion Liverpool's Welsh Streets.
The London We Love: SAVE Britain's Heritage's ongoing London campaigns
London has been the centre of world attention for the last few weeks, its culture and buildings celebrated. Many of these buildings, some of them iconic and internationally known, others important as anchors of local community, are under threat. In the coming year SAVE is going to be compiling a report of buildings at risk in London; we open our campaign with a short list of sites of concern to us now.
RINGO'S BIRTHPLACE BECOMES FIG-LEAF FOR CONTINUING DEMOLITION IN LIVERPOOL'S WELSH STREETS
SAVE Britain's Heritage and the Empty Homes Charity are dismayed by the tokenism of Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson who are saving Ringo Starr's birthplace and a handful of other homes on his street, while allowing the demolition of hundreds of nearby homes.
Game over or Extra Time? Liverpool Art Deco Gem Faces Demolition
As Liverpool fans digest removal of their revered 'King', Kenny Dalglish, the city faces loss of another beloved icon of the beautiful game, the majestic Art Deco headquarters of the once mighty Littlewoods Football Pools.
Stop Hammering Britain's Heritage Mr Osborne
SAVE attacks 'nonsensical and damaging' VAT change for listed buildings
SAVE announces appointment of new Director
Clementine Cecil has been appointed as the new Director of SAVE and its associated charities. She replaces William Palin who is set to leave at the end of May, after four years at the helm.
SAVE Presents a New Vision for Grimsby Docks
SAVE Britain's Heritage is calling for the preservation and refurbishment of Grimsby's remarkable Grade II* listed Ice Factory as part of a new waterside quarter in the historic fish docks, and has presented a vision of the area regenerated.
New SAVE Report: London's Churches are Fighting Back
In 1985 SAVE published the report London's Churches are Falling Down, revealing the desperate plight of some of the capital's most beautiful places of worship. A quarter of a century on, SAVE revisits the subject with London's Churches are Fighting Back.
SAVE Joins Chorus of Condemnation over Liverpool Demolitions
SAVE is dismayed by the developing situation in Cairns Street, Liverpool - where contractors have damaged, and are now seeking to demolish, a building earmarked for refurbishment.
Saving Thanet: The Architecture of Kent's Forgotten Coast
The rich architectural heritage of the north eastern tip of Kent is the focus of this new SAVE report. The report takes a fresh look at the Isle of Thanet, with its towns of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, assessing the state of the area's historic
Application threatening historic dockyard refused at planning
An application to build three blocks of flats within a unique Georgian residential quarter in Sheerness Dockyard has been thrown out by Swale Borough Council.
Breakthrough in Lancaster as brewery building is listed
SAVE is hailing the decision by the Architecture Minister Margaret Hodge to list a rare 18th-century malthouse in Lancaster as a crucial breakthrough in efforts to save a sensitive historic industrial quarter from the bulldozers.
Historic industrial quarter saved from bulldozer
Victory in Lancaster as Secretary of State Throws out Canal Corridor Application
Pickles Deals Huge Blow to Welsh Streets Demolition Plans
Huge blow for council's plans to flatten historic neighbourhood as Secretary of State rules that Welsh Streets demolition should be subject to Environmental Impact Assessment
Book Launch: Revive and Survive - 2018-19 Buildings at Risk Catalogue
Join SAVE for the launch party of the latest Buildings at Risk Catalogue, Revive and Survive, on 27th June 2018.
There will be an exhibition of limited edition prints by Eveleigh Photography, which will also be available for sale.