Nominate Sussex’s Endangered Buildings
National charity, the Victorian Society, is asking people in Sussex 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. Nominations close on Friday 1 July. The Society has also published an updated campaigning guide to encourage people to fight for the buildings they are concerned about.
At Madeira Terrace, Brighton (Grade II, 1890- 1897, Philip C Lockwood), which is threatened with replacement, Brighton Council has now given the Society permission to obtain its own analysis of the structure to assess its future viability. The demolition of All Souls Church, Hastings, East Sussex(Grade II*, 1890, Sir Arthur Blomfield) was being mooted when it was paced on the Top Ten list in 2014. An offer has now been received from an ‘internationally renowned sculptor to use the building for the storage and display of his works.’ The Church Commissioners have published a draft scheme to sell the church for these purposes.
Christopher Costelloe, Victorian Society Director, said: ‘We had a phenomenal response to last year’s Top Ten, no doubt helped by the support of our Vice President Griff Rhys Jones. The future now looks much brighter for many of the buildings we featured. I hope people in Sussex will once again scour their local areas to nominate buildings for our 2016 list. Focusing attention on neglected buildings, whether by inclusion in the Top Ten or by using our new campaigning guide, can help save them, which in turn, benefits the wider community.’
To nominate a building contact the Victorian Society via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post (1 Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT) with brief details of the building(s) on or before Friday 1 July. 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.