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Birmingham & West Midlands Group’s eighth annual conservation award presented by Professor Sir David Cannadine, to Birmingham City University. The Award is sponsored by Hortons’ Estate Limited.
The Victorian Society is urging the City of London to reject plans to cantilever a tower over a listed Victorian Turkish bath house – the exterior of which is covered in show stopping tiles. Worryingly most of the proposed site is outside the tall building cluster and no listed building consent application has been submitted.
A second success this summer in the north of England for the listings team is the former Lloyds Bank at 15 West Street, Gateshead.
Liverpool Cricket Club's main pavilion has been listed at Grade II by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, following advice from Historic England. The listing recognises the pavilion's special architectural features and its significance in the history of cricket and sporting events in the North West.
The Victorian Society has objected to plans to extend the elegant former Park Hotel in Preston with a huge L-shaped, wrap around, extension which is 4-5 stories higher than the original building. The hotel site needs sensitive development as it is highly visible from the railway and surrounding listed parks and conservation areas. There is a precedent for further building on the site of the demolished neighbouring 60s tower block, but the current plans will harm the historic building and the surrounding area.
The Top Ten Endangered Victorian and Edwardian Buildings list 2023 has beeen revealed by the Victorian Society's President. The full list is here.
The campaign to Save Liverpool Street Station (LISSCA) will ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to ‘call in’ plans to partially demolish Liverpool Street Station and build a tower over the grade II* former great eastern hotel and make the decision himself. The Society urges the public to sign the petition asking Sellar and Network Rail to abandon the plans. If you want to support our work fighting for heritage click here to join.
Rockwell Green Water Tower in Somerset is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The Victorian Tower now requires a new owner - it would make a unique residential conversion. The Society urges the present owner to sell so the Tower can be sensitively re-used.
The Coach and Horses Hotel in Wallsend is on the Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The Grade II listed former hotel is for sale has been empty for years and needs rapid investment.
Blackborough House in Kentisbeare in Devon is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The house is one of Devon's finest architectural gems set in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Soldier’s Point House in Holyhead is on the Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The Grade II listed house needs urgent works and a long term plan if it is to survive.
Carlisle’s Grade II listed Edwardian Turkish Baths in Cumbria is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. It needs local ownership and support to bring it back into community use for another century
Liverpool Street Station and the former Great Eastern Hotel are on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023.
Trowse Sewage Pumping Stations in Bracondale in Norfolk is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The pair of rare Grade II listed Victorian sewage pumping stations from 1869 and 1909, designed by Alfred Morant, need significant investment to restore and reuse them if they are to survive.
The former Office for the Board of Guardians of Walsall Poor Law Union is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023. The building is now in urgent need of investment and restoration to survive.
St Andrew’s Church in Temple Grafton in Warwickshire is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The Grade II listed 1875 church needs expensive emergency work if it is to survive.
Victorian Society and LISSCA campaign President Griff Rhys Jones wrote a letter to the editor of The Times for publication on the newspaper's letter page. It appeared in print on 9th May 2023. Griff's letter was supported by 34 signatories from architecture, academia, heritage, culture, the arts and planning.