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Historic building risk list grows

24 July 07 11:16 GMT

The number of important buildings at risk in the East Midlands has gone up, according to English Heritage.

The annual survey showed 1,235 properties in danger of irreparable damage nationwide, a drop of 3.3%.

But in the East Midlands, while five properties have been taken off the register, 12 have been added.

Among those now deemed at risk are Bennerley Viaduct in Ilkeston, Derbys, King Johns Palace, Clipstone, Notts and Scraptoft Hall in Scraptoft, Leics.

English Heritage said there were reasons to celebrate with the restoration of several properties in the region.

The Camellia House at Nottingham's Wollaton Hall has undergone a £1.1m restoration and the Grade II listed building re-opened to the public in April.

The building is a late Georgian glass house and home to a collection of beautiful and scarce 50 year old Camellias. As well as 200 years' wear and tear, it has also become a target for vandals.

The building was taken apart, the individual components taken away and cleaned, restored, painted then reassembled on site.

East Midlands Regional Director for English Heritage Dr Anthony Streeten, said: "These buildings are inspirational as well as being important to their local communities.

"It's English Heritage's modern approach that is stimulating new ideas to save some of the most difficult Buildings at Risk from languishing on the Register.

"The best way to save a building is to find a good new use for it - and it is essential that all parties involved in this process show vision and are constructive and inventive. "

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