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Nominate 2016’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings

Nominations close Friday 1 July. An updated campaigning guide accompanies this year's search to encourage people to fight for the buildings they are concerned about.

2013 Top Ten Endangered Building, Accrington Conservative Club, burns. Photo: Hyndburn Fire Station

Once again we are asking the public to nominate the Top Ten endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales for 2016. Appearing in the Top Ten focuses attention on buildings and can help save them. 

All the buildings or structures nominated will be considered by the Society's architecture and conservation experts before the 2016 list of the Top Ten Endangered Buildings in England and Wales is announced on 14 September. Nominated buildings could be threatened by demolition, neglect or inappropriate redevelopment. The only criteria are that the buildings are in England or Wales and were built between 1837 and 1914. Please share our call for nominations on social media to help us hear about as many endangered buidings as possible. An updated campaigning guide accompanies this year's search to encourage people to fight for the buildings they are concerned about.

To nominate a building contact the Victorian Society via email ( or post (1 Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT) with brief details of the building(s) on or before Friday 1 July.

An update on 2015's Top Ten Endangered Buildings, which was launched with a video from Griff Rhys Jones, is below:

At Tolly Cobbold Brewery, Ipswich (Grade II, 1896, William Bradford) outline planning permission has been granted to convert the main building into an auditorium, commercial units and a museum space. Pigeon Investment Management hopes to begin work next year. It seems that Overstone Hall, East Midlands (Grade II, 1860, William Milford Teulon) has now been sold to a developer. Details of its plans are as yet unknown. It has also been reported that developers have expressed an interest in fire damaged Central Plaza Hotel, Carlisle (Grade II, 1880, Daniel Birkett).

After years lying empty, multiple interested parties have now contacted the Society about Ladywell Baths, Lewisham, London (Grade II, 1884, Wilson and Son & Thomas Aldwinckle). Ideas include re-opening the baths as a swimming and gym complex, a cinema,  or a furniture warehouse. Lewisham Council is expected to make a call for expressions of interest shortly.

Since St Luke's Church, Wolverhampton (Grade II*, 1860-61, George Robinson) was included in the Top Ten the Society has learnt it was where Wolves football club was founded and a vigorous local campaign set out to save the building. The Archdeacon of Walsall has now said demolition of St Luke’s has never been considered and that the Churches Conservation Trust is carrying out a feasibility study into future uses for the building.

At Madeira Terrace, Brighton (Grade II, 1890- 1897, Philip C Lockwood) The Society is calling for the Council to undertake a full new survey by a firm with accredited historic buildings expertise rather than one which specialises in civil engineering. The follows the Society's decision to publish the view of the Morton Partnership, which specialises in works to historic buildings,  that the restoration work is ‘comparatively simple’ with the costs quoted for repairs much higher than should be expected. 

Leeds City Council is to create a regeneration plan for Hunslet Riverside following the inclusion of Hunslet and Victoria Mills in the Top Ten (Hunslet Mill Grade II* c1842 William Fairbairn, Victoria Mill, Grade II, c1838). The Council is in active discussions with the owners to seek a sustainable and viable solution to the site, without obviating their obligations to ensure both the safety and maintenance of the listed buildings.

There has been bad news for Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare (Grade II*, 1862, Eugenius Birch). Following storm damage a demolition application is planned for the ‘jetty’ pier projecting from the central island.

There has been a glimmer of hope at Kinmel Hall, Wales (Grade I, 1870-1874, W E Nesfield) where there has been some interest in developing the site for leisure use. Sadly no progress has been made at Sheerness Boat Store, Kent (Grade I, 1856-60, Col GT Green RE and William Scamp, Admiralty Works Department) despite a number of interested parties attempting to contact Peel Ports.

Thursday 5 May, 2016

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