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Search launched for most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Environment

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Nominations have opened for the top 10 Victorian and Edwardian buildings most at risk across England and Wales - whether from demolition, neglect or "inappropriate redevelopment".

Individuals, organisations and campaign groups are invited to name the buildings and structures they believe are most at risk in their area.

"All over the country there are wonderful examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture but sadly even the finest architecture is no match for sustained neglect or poor planning. We want to ensure that the best examples are still there for future generations to enjoy" said Chris Costelloe, director of the Victorian Society.

"To do this we need to know what is most at risk, so if you know of a vulnerable school building, or an empty pub, a redundant chapel or a crumbling but magnificent feat of engineering, we want to hear about it."

All the buildings nominated will be considered by the Society's experts on architecture and conservation. The Top Ten list will then be announced in October.

There has been good news for some of 2013's Top Ten. The Palace Theatre in Swansea has just been allocated £75,000 by Swansea Council for emergency repairs, and in Colchester the owner of Jumbo Water Tower has put it up for sale and local campaigners are hoping to buy it.

Meanwhile, Kirklees councillors recently rejected Yorkshire Water's plans to concrete over part of Butterley Spillway's stepped cascades which was featured in the list of most endangered buildings in 2012.

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