Heritage at Risk: Latest Findings

The 2013 launch includes the results of the Grade II pilot projects as well as an updated Heritage at Risk Register and statistics.

44, 45 Irish Street, Whitehaven identified as being at risk during the Copeland Grade II pilot project

44, 45 Irish Street, Whitehaven identified as being at risk during the Copeland Grade II pilot project

What Did We Find Out From The Grade II Pilot Projects?

Over the last year volunteers and colleagues working in the historic environment have tested the best ways of carrying out and recording the condition of grade II listed buildings in 19 different areas across the country.

These pilots were run by a variety of organisations, including councils, private consultants, and local civic groups. As well as finding out the condition of their local grade II buildings, they considered what actions were needed to repair and find a sustainable use for those in poor or very bad condition.

These pilots revealed that:

  • Of over 4,500 grade II listed buildings surveyed, 4.2% were assessed as at risk
  • Key problem areas in buildings surveyed were doors, windows, walls, gutters and other rainwater goods
  • Approximately 6% of buildings were vacant or not in use, and 7% were partly occupied
  • 64.9% of buildings were stable and now expected to deteriorate in the near future
  • No single model tested through the pilots provided more accurate data than the rest
  • The key to securing good, accurate data is effective training and the development of a good system
  • 45% of volunteers who took part had little or no surveying experience
  • Benefits achieved by volunteering in pilots: 
    • 58% had new experiences
    • 73% increased knowledge
    • 62% got out and about
    • 54% had fun/sense of enjoyment
    • 49% gained a sense of achievement/pride
  • 73% of respondents (82) said the project had definitely helped them to understand the factors that results in grade II buildings being at risk
  • 68% of respondents would volunteer for a similar project again
  • Councils who took part in the pilots are using the survey data in different ways to make a difference. For example, in West Lancashire they've shared the survey data with Police and Fire services, who are now aware of buildings most vulnerable to crime.

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Heritage at Risk 2013 Statistics

The latest Heritage at Risk Register reveals that:

  • There are now 5,700 Grade I and II* buildings nationally and Grade II listed buildings in London, monuments, archaeological sites, landscapes, battlefields, protected ship wrecks, places of worship and conservation areas at risk on the Register. 
  • This is good news as the number of entries on the Register has reduced since 2012, when there were 5,831 entries on the Register. This means that we are continuing to reduce the overall number of historic sites at risk.
  • Whilst the number of entries on the Register is fewer than last year, the cost of repairing and bringing buildings back into use has unfortunately increased. The average difference between the cost of repair and the end value of buildings on the Register now stands at £450,000, making it more expensive to bring them back into use.
  • Of the 3,208 listed places of worship assessed nationally, 536 are on the Register.
  • 3,265 (16.5% of England's 19,792 scheduled monuments) are on the Register.
  • 100 of England's 1,624 registered parks and gardens are at risk. This is one more than on the 2012 Register as although 1 entry was removed, 2 more were added in 2013.
  • English Heritage offered £10 million in grants to 191 sites during 2012/13.

More facts and figures on Heritage at Risk can be found in the national summary leaflet.