Driving down the numbers of our Heritage at Risk assets.
Like lots of other owners of historic buildings, the Trust has a number of Heritage at Risk sites and structures. These are nationally designated assets (i.e. listed buildings, conservation areas and the occasional scheduled monument) that are deemed to be at risk by heritage authorities and are placed on registers held by those authorities.
This doesn’t mean the Trust’s heritage is falling over; far from it. There is a gradation of ‘at risk-ness’ and only a few of our structures are really difficult cases. Back in 2005 BW owned 125 at risk structures and ever since then we’ve been driving numbers down. Today the Trust only owns 21 structures at risk and we’re working hard to reduce that number (in the most positive way!) even further.
In the meantime, here’s a photograph of a building that was at risk but is no longer; the soaring North Warehouse at Sharpness Docks that we and our expert contractors repaired in 2012/13. This is a great example of saving waterways heritage; back in the 1980s there were moves to get this grade II listed building demolished. How times change!
As national heritage manager, Nigel’s role is to lead the Canal & River Trust’s team of regional heritage advisers in England and Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in the conservation, archaeology and interpretation of historic buildings and places. He is a member of the editorial board of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He has written numerous articles concerning heritage conservation and is the author of several longer published works, including the English Heritage Book of Canals.See more blogs from Nigel Crowe