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Maritime and Naval Buildings

Front cover for Designation Listing Selection Guide: Maritime and Naval Buildings

Designation Listing Selection Guide

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating maritime and naval buildings.

This selection guide covers buildings and structures on land that are associated with the sea, in particular infrastructure developed to serve, regulate, and protect ship-borne trade and other vessels which exploited marine resources (principally via fishing). There is some crossover with other categories and selection guides: canals are dealt with in Transport; warehouses fall under Industrial Buildings; seaside pleasure buildings like piers are discussed in Culture and Entertainment. For military structures along the coast built for defence against attack or invasion see the selection guide on Military Structures.

This is one of a series of guides which set out some of our approaches to designating buildings. Covering twenty broad categories of building types, they including historical overviews and special considerations for listing, plus select bibliographies. They are primarily intended to develop understanding of designated buildings and structures, and to offer insight into designation decision making.


  • Introduction and definitions
  • Historical summary
  • Specific considerations when considering maritime and naval buildings for designation
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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