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Dan Cruickshank says: "The world famous Whitechapel Foundry is a landmark - both for its splendid use and its fine historic buildings. Bells cast at the foundry have sounded in cities around the world for hundreds of years. "For many that sound represents the heart and soul of London, and in the case of Big Ben in the Palace of Westminster it is the sound of Freedom. The existing buildings deserve the highest level of recognition and protection as a unique and important part of our heritage." The petition, signed by more than 10,000 people in three weeks, calls on the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Karen Bradley MP to understand and respond to the concerns of thousands of people objecting to the loss of the bell foundry on this site.
Join TV's Marianne Suhr, currently appearing on Channel 4's Restoration of the Year programme, to find out more about the best ways to care for your old building in the 21st century
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has objected to plans to demolish the Grade II-listed Robin Hood Hotel, 1-3 Lombard Street, Newark. Britain’s oldest conservation body has written to Newark and Sherwood Council objecting to proposals to replace the prominently-sited historic building with a bland 66-bedroom Travelodge Hotel. SPAB maintains that the importance of the Robin Hood Hotel has been under-estimated by the council and that its repair problems have been over-estimated. Along with local heritage groups, the Society believes there can still be a positive, sustainable future for this unique group of significant buildings.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) warns that a report to Parliament today urging the Government to take urgent action to insulate 25 million homes by mid-century would set up a time bomb causing severe building defects in older, pre-1919 solid-walled properties and jeopardising the health of their occupants.
Join us in York this spring to learn how to repair and care for solid wall, pre-1919 buildings and retrofit them for energy efficiency - whether your home is listed or unlisted, a timber framed medieval cottage. Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian.
Old floors are beautiful, marked by the passage of time and worn by the feet of centuries of visitors and inhabitants, they provide a very real and tangible link wth the past. But too often their value and contribution to the interest, beauty and historic value of a building are overlooked. The key event of SPAB's year-log campaign to raise the profile of historic floors is this one-day seminar in Manchester in November.
This autumn our annual National Maintenance Week (Friday November 18th - Friday November 25th) will focus on damp. We'll be showing property owners that taking simple. informed steps to tackle the problem can potentially save £££'s!
People across the country are plucking up the courage to bake bread, new artisan bakeries are popping up on high streets and The Great British Bake-Off has just featured a week dedicated to bread - real bread has never been more in the public eye! What better time to launch Crop to Crust II, a conference focusing on the bread food chain?
As part of our summer 2016 campaign to encourage increased awareness of the importance and vulnerability of old floors we've made a short, sweet video.
Britain's oldest heritage charity believes that floors are the 'downtrodden' Cinderella of building conservation. Throughout the summer and autumn of 2016 we want the public to look at what's underfoot when visiting old and interesting buildings in the UK and to share what they find on social media.