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EH reveals 2006 Buildings at Risk with call for 'constructive conservation'

Some 68 new buildings have been added to English Heritage's (EH's) Buildings At Risk register for 2006.

The register lists 'the most important' Grade I- and Grade II*-listed buildings in England in danger of facing the wrecking ball.

And while the conservation quango is keen to highlight the plight of these structures, it is also determined to raise awareness of its successes.

EH boss Simon Thurley took the opportunity to call on developers to adopt his approach of 'constructive conservation'.

'[The buildings on the register] are internationally important buildings that are fascinating and inspirational as well as being well-loved by their local communities,' he said.

'This year, 94 important buildings have been saved, but 68 new ones have just been added [to the register], and many difficult cases stay on year after year.

'It's EH's modern approach that is stimulating new ideas to save some of the most difficult buildings at risk from languishing on the register.'

Thurley pointed to the success of the redevelopment of the Roundhouse in north London, which received a £250,000 grant from the quango.

He also cited Liverpool's Grade II*-listed Albany ( pictured), one of the earliest large-scale office buildings in the country, which, with the help of EH, has been saved from many years of decay and has been converted into residential.

by Ed Dorrell

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