Author: CHB

Historic railway station building to be restored

A historic building at Bury St Edmunds rail station is to be restored after a £192,000 grant was awarded. The old station master’s house, which is adjacent to the main station, has stood empty for around 20 years and was most recently a nightclub. The Grade II-listed building has slowly deteriorated due to the effects of the weather, a pigeon infestation and vandalism, and it is hoped the grant, from the Railway Heritage Trust (RHT), will give it a new lease of life. The scheme aims to make the building watertight through extensive roof repairs, improvements to fractured brickwork...

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Deal done for iconic seminary’s sale

The Archdiocese of Glasgow has concluded the transfer of the ownership of a derelict seminary, considered one of Scotland’s great modernist structures. A new charity, the Kilmahew Education Trust, will be the new owners of the former St Peter’s Seminary and its estate at Cardross in Argyll and Bute. The trust will develop it as an asset for the local community while respecting its unique archaeological status. No payment was made as the archdiocese bequeathed the estate and buildings free of charge to the Trust. The seminary was designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, and has been described by...

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New state of the art visitor centre step closer for Lincoln Cathedral

Another major phase of works to Lincoln Cathedral as part of the £16.5m Connected project, of which £12.4m is funded by The National Lottery, is now complete. Since ground was broken back in October 2018 by building contractor William Birch & Sons, the Cathedral and the surrounding close have seen considerable conservation and renovation works taking place. Lincoln Cathedral Connected is a transformational project which will bring social and economic benefits to the Cathedral and the City of Lincoln. Its aim is to improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience – offering more accessible, engaging and peaceful spaces, for...

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Sydney residents vow to save heritage buildings from being bulldozed for Museum

An Australian construction union has weighed in to the campaign to save two heritage buildings slated for demolition to make way for the controversial new Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta (pictured). Paramattta is a major commercial suburb of the City of Parramatta, in Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. CFMEU NSW announced a green ban over the buildings and called on contractors to abide by it. The move intensifies a campaign to preserve the buildings — Willow Grove, a two-storey heritage villa, and St George’s Terrace, a row of modest Victorian period homes. Darren Greenfield, Secretary of the CFMEU’s Construction...

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C20 Society objects to plans to demolish rare church

The Twentieth Century Society is objecting ‘in the strongest possible terms’ to an application to demolish a 1960s Grade II listed church in Oxford which features a rare hyperbolic paraboloid roof. The Trustees of the Church of the Holy Family at Blackbird Leys in Oxford have applied to Oxford City Council to redevelop the site which would involve the demolition of the church, hall and vicarage and its replacement with a new church, community facilities and 20 residential units. The church has been closed since December 2018 because of problems with the roof. The C20 Society says demolition of...

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