Back to the future in Sheffield

As reported in The Guardian, a group of craftspeople have bought Sheffield’s Grade II* listed Portland Works, 100 years after stainless steel was first manufactured there. Portland Works (Image courtesy of Tamsin Rutter/ The Guardian) More than 430 people have raised over £300,000 through individual shares ranging from £100 to £20,000, along with loan from…

Heritage groups challenge wind farms

English Heritage and the National Trust have joined forces in a landmark high court bid to challenge proposals for a wind farm in Northamptonshire. It follows a successful appeal to the planning inspector after East Northamptonshire Council turned down West Coast Energy’s original application, fearing the development will impact Lyveden New Bield Elizabethan estate and…

Mortimer Street Facade

Fitzroy Place keeps up a facade

On my way to a meeting this week, I came across this interesting bit of structural engineering. It’s the facade of the old Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street in the heart of ‘Fitzrovia’, an area of London north of Oxford Street long associated with artists and writers. The vacant hospital, a fine example of Victorian…

Heritage group slams ‘Smithfield Quarter’ plan

Clem Cecil, director of Save Britain’s Heritage has accused developers of playing “fast and loose” with the history of Smithfield market, after the plans were revealed for the disused western end of London’s famous wholesale meat market. The £160m scheme, backed by Henderson Global Investors, proposes to include 170,000 square feet of office space, plus…

Shot in the arm for seaside regeneration

The government is investing £16 million to regenerate 20 seaside towns, including historic works. Each town will receive up to £2.6 million from the Coastal Communities fund. The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) hopes the the cash injection will help projects to deliver almost 4,000 jobs, support 250 new business start-ups and create more…

Meet the experts at Olympia

The Listed Property Show at London Olympia brings together experts, conservation officers, architects, planners, builders and specialist suppliers. The event, organised by the Listed Property Owners Club, is free to owners who pre-book. The event takes place on 16-17 February. Read more: LPOC

EH seeks a Soho house

English Heritage (EH) is searching for a historic building in the heart of the West End to install energy efficiency measures. It wants to demonstrate how they can be made greener and reduce fuel bills without being harmed. Speaking at a conference on 31 January, 2013 EH’s Claire Craig said, “It is about working with…