Nominations for 2018 Top 10 list now open

If you know of a Victorian building at risk and wish there was something you could do to help save it, then why not nominate it for the 2018 Top 10 Endangered Buildings list?

Why should I nominate a building?

Appearing on the Top 10 list will give an endangered building valuable publicity which could help save it, either by inciting the formation of a friend’s group, pressuring owners to take steps or alerting interested buyers to secure a new asset. In 2017 we spoke on dozens of local radio stations and featured in local and national press including ITV & BBC National news pages, Huffington Post UK and Country Life magazine.


What building should I nominate?

Your nominated building must be:

  • In England/Wales.
  • Built between 1837 and 1914.

  • Nominated buildings/structures could be threatened by demolition, neglect or inappropriate development. If your building is listed it is more likely to make the shortlist, but it’s not mandatory. We rarely consider buildings that have appeared in previous Top 10 lists, unless there is a very compelling reason, but if you’ve nominated a building before and it hasn’t made the final list please do nominate it again.


    How do I nominate a building?

    Send details (name of the building, location, year, brief description, why you think it should be in the Top 10 and at least one good photo) to media@victoriansociety.org.uk or by post to 1 Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT before 5pm on Friday 13th July. It’s not a voting system – each nomination is afforded equal weight. We will announce the final top 10 list on Wednesday 12th September.

    If you use social media, please share our call for nominations and follow the hashtag #vicsoctop10 for the latest updates. If you still need convincing, maybe our President Griff Rhys Jones can help!


    Where are they now? Updates on the 2017 Top 10 list

    Following extensive coverage as part of the Top 10 release, the owner of Derby’s Great Northern Railway Warehouse confirmed their intentions for restoration after they sold the western side of the Friar Goods Yard site for a new secondary school.

    Time has now officially run out for the owners of the Leas Pavilion in Folkestone to begin approved works to build a large health club complex around the building, as their planning permission expired last month. These proposals would have arguably be detrimental to the heritage asset, however the longer it is left in limbo the further it will deteriorate as a building at risk.

    Work has started on the approved conversion scheme for Buckley’s Brewery Maltings in Llanelli. The Grade II-listed malt house and kiln buildings will be converted into 21 apartments. We had no objections to the scheme and look forward to seeing these neglected heritage assets come back to life.

    The Waterhouse Chapels at Ince-in-Makerfield are still without a long term use, though the council is looking into securing their futures and, in the interim, is carrying out small scale maintenance to protect them from the elements. And work is progressing slowly but surely with Cannington Shaw’s No. 7 Bottle Shop in St Helens, with plans to clear the site of buildings of no significance which will increase the focus on the heritage asset.

    The case with Chance’s Glassworks in Smethwick is ongoing; the council are still using legal means to try and remove the now illegal skip hire business on the site, and a local heritage trust are working on an outline planning application to be submitted to the council.

    A local group have applied for The New Tiger’s Head in Greenwich to be locally listed and is investigating ways for the building to be brought back into sustainable community use. Sadly, Feversham Street First school in Bradford – the only Grade II* on last year’s list – is still empty and without a use, though investigations by the council are ongoing.

    Unfortunately no progress has been made with St Andrew’s Church in Huddersfield which remains empty and neglected, and following a failed bid for government funding after the Top 10 inclusion, progression on the regeneration of the Northern Warehouse in Bramford seems to have stalled.


    08/05/2018


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