The Cooperage: News Update

The Cooperage is a privately owned Grade II* listed building situated on the Quayside in Newcastle. Standing empty since its closure in 2009, it has fallen into disrepair due to neglect and a lack of regular maintenance. It was added to the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register in 2017.

Historic England is aware of the recent change.org petition to improve the condition of the building and we are in conversation with the local authority (Newcastle City Council) about the situation. We have also contacted the owners of the building.

The Cooperage
The Cooperage, Quayside, Newcastle has been standing empty since 2009 © Historic England

Owners of listed buildings are under no legal obligation to maintain their property in a good state of repair; even though it is in their interest to do so.

Local authorities have a range of statutory enforcement powers at their disposal including section 215 Notices, Urgent Works Notices, Repairs Notices and other statutory enforcement tools and powers under the various Housing, Planning and Buildings Acts, to secure the future of historic buildings.

Historic England is here to provide owners and local authorities with professional guidance, advice and support across the country. This includes legal, architectural, conservation, engineering, valuation and enforcement expertise, and in some cases we may be able to provide grant support to local authorities to underwrite particular enforcement action.

Find out what enforcement action is available to local authorities

Please check back for further updates on this building. If you would like more information please contact Kate Wilson, Principal Adviser Heritage at Risk on 0191 2691221 or [email protected].

Black and white 3 storey timbered building
The Cooperage, Newcastle © Wikicommons
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