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Heritage at Risk: Buildings

At Historic England (formerly English Heritage) we've been collecting information on the condition of our built heritage since the publication of our first Register of listed buildings at risk in London in 1991.

The first national Register of buildings at risk was published in 1998 and in 2011 we started adding information on the condition of listed places of worship.

Our national Heritage at Risk Register includes:

  • Grade I and II* listed buildings at risk including places of worship
  • Grade II listed buildings at risk in London including places of worship
  • Grade II listed places of worship at risk outside London

Listed buildings are assessed using the Buildings and Structures risk assessment. Listed buildings in use as places of worship are assessed using the Places of Worship risk assessment.

Historic England's main role in securing the future of listed buildings is to provide practical advice, guidance and resources to owners, local authorities and developers.

Our involvement in cases is determined by the significance of the building and the complexity of the issues. We can offer help and support with projects including:

  • Analysing the problems facing a building
  • Helping to identify the opportunities a building presents
  • Helping to work out where alterations can be made
  • Hnvestigating the feasibility of options for future use
  • Helping to broker solutions 
  • Providing information on funding

Examples of how we have worked with owners and others to find solutions for heritage at risk are available on the Heritage at Risk Case Studies page.

Stydd Hall and its owners
The owners of Stydd Hall have carried out urgent repairs with the help of Historic England grant aid. Originally built as a base for the medieval Knights Hospitallers this important site is surrounded by a moat and includes the remains of the Hospitallers’ chapel. Further repairs are needed, but the hall site is well on the way to being removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.

Listed buildings at risk can be eligible for grant aid. Under Our Grant Schemes we can help with the cost of repairs where this is greater than the value of the building. In some circumstances we can also help local authorities with the cost of using Urgent Works Notices and Repairs Notices to enforce the repair of listed buildings.

Although listed buildings at risk are a priority for Historic England's repair grants, grant aid is limited compared to demand. Grants from other public sources, notably the Heritage Lottery Fund, continue to be essential in helping secure the future of buildings at risk.

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