Vacant Historic Buildings

    SubTitle

    Guidelines on Managing Risks
    Vacant Historic Buildings large image 1
        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Mar 2018
        12197704
        12197704

        Main Summary

          When historic buildings are left vacant they are at a greatly increased risk of damage and decay as well as being a potential blight on their locality. The best way to protect a building is to keep it occupied, even if the use is on a temporary or partial basis. It is inevitable that some historic buildings will struggle to find any use, especially in areas where the property market is weak and the opportunities for sale or re-use are limited. However, such buildings may become centrepieces of future regeneration and safeguarding will allow them to fulfil their social, cultural and economic potential.

          This guidance is intended to help owners and purchasers of vacant historic buildings to reduce the risks by undertaking a range of precautionary measures and adopting an ‘active management’ approach that can prevent unnecessary damage, dereliction and loss of historic fabric. Owners will also benefit by maintaining the value of their assets and increasing the chances of bringing them back into permanent use. The guidance explains how to decommission buildings that are about to be vacated, as well as how to look after buildings that have already been vacant for some time.

          Additional Information

          Author

          David Pickles

          Author Information

          David Pickles is a Senior Architect with Historic England.

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          297mm

          Number of Illustrations

          55

          Number of Pages

          60

          ISBN

          9781848025141

          Contents

            Introduction
            Understanding and insuring the building
            Tackling urgent repairs
            Protecting features
            Making the building secure
            Reducing fire risk
            Considering services and environment
            Controlling vegetation and wildlife
            Monitoring and maintenance
            Finding a temporary use
            Consents and regulations
            Appendix - Arson risk assessment
            Where to get advice
            Acknowledgements

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