Grimshaw’s threatened Ship building in Plymouth could be handed a last-minute lifeline by rare birds.
Wildlife experts claim peregrine falcons have taken up home in the structure of the former Western News HQ, which has been empty since 2013.
The rare birds could halt plans by the building’s owner the Daily Mail to demolish the 1993 steel and glass office.
According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) it would be illegal to disturb the birds.
A spokesperson, said: ‘Peregrine falcons are afforded the highest protection under Schedule One of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, so the applicants would have to revise their plans. In the winter peregrines do tend to use all sorts of buildings just as a place to sit, but if they were nesting there it would be illegal.’
English Heritage has recommended the scheme for Grade II* listing, but a decision on the plans to flatten the Ship is unlikely to be made until after the general election next month.