Around 1500 of England's finest buildings are crumbling into ruin, says English Heritage, which is launching a campaign to stop the rot of endangered Grade I and II*-listed buildings.
The campaign will include an English Heritage Register highlighting which buildings need to be saved. The launch in May will be followed by a full-scale campaign including meetings and cash awards from a £5 million fund to stave off decay.
The campaign will tackle problems of finance, ownership and repair. It will look at identifying priorities and how to use regeneration projects to help buildings. The register is still being compiled, and details of individual buildings have not yet been released.
The 1998 Oxford Planning and Historic Environment conference on 22 May will take buildings at risk as its main theme. Contact the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, tel: 01865 270368.
The latest image of the North Woolwich Road footbridge in East London shows development of the precast ribbon structure designed by Eva Jiricna Architects and engineer Robert Benaim & Associates. The bridge, which will form a vital part of the pedestrian/ cycle route between the Thames Barrier Park and the Royal Victoria Dock, has been designed to be as low and slender as possible. Completion is due in spring 1999.