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English Heritage considers ‘Ship’ listing bid

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English Heritage is set to send its report on the listing of Grimshaw’s Western Morning News HQ in Plymouth to government

The heritage body confirmed that it had visited the building and was sending its recommendations to the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

The move follows an emergency listing bid was submitted by the Twentieth Century Society after it emerged the building’s owner – The Daily Mail – had submitted an application to demolish the landmark.

In a statement, English Heritage, said: ‘[We are] in touch with the owners of the former Western Morning News building and interested parties regarding our assessment of the building and we are working as quickly as possible to give clarity on its status.

‘We have undertaken a full inspection of the building and aim to send our recommendation to the DCMS as soon as possible. They are aware and expecting our report.’

The final decision on the building’s listing will be made by Sajid Javid, government minister for Culture, Media and Sport.

Plymouth City Council, which has received more than 50 letters of objection against the proposal, has said it can only step in to stop the demolition if the building is given listed status.

Completed in 1993, the iconic project, which has stood empty since local title Western News moved out in July 2013, won Grimshaw a RIBA Award in 1994.

Earlier this week, protesters gathered outside the office and production space as part of a campaign to save the scheme from being razed to the ground. 

According to the planning documents, the building’s re-use is ‘unviable’ and it is currently in ‘a generally poor state of repair and is highly unsustainable’.

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