October 19, 2011 Leave a comment
English Heritage and its annual Heritage at Risk Register have published a research project into the condition of industrial heritage in England. It has been revealed that the industrial properties are more endangered that any kind of heritage.
60% of these buildings cannot be restored, although they have a great cultural and sentimental value.Their future depends on public funds and private philanthropy, as well as on the voluntary support. Only 40% of listed industrial buildings could be renovated and reused. The industrial sites most at risk on the Register are lead, tin, copper and coal mines, where the opportunities for adaptive reuse are limited and would be expensive to maintain. The remains of 20th century industries are poorly understood under-appreciated and very much at risk. Read more of this post