|Buildings at Risk
The Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust and BEAMS, its trading arm, work closely with the County, Borough
and District Councils to ensure the preservation of buildings at risk within
1. What is a Building at Risk?
A building at risk is a listed building which has suffered greatly from long
term neglect which can lead to deterioration in its condition, structural
instability, and even total loss of the building.
How is it assessed?
English Heritage have devised a risk scale with 6 categories, category 1 being
most at risk and 6 being least. A category is determined through an assessment
of a building’s condition and its level of occupancy (‘vacant’, ‘partially
occupied’ and ‘occupied’).
2. What is the role of the Trust ?
As well as monitoring buildings at risk the Trust also assists
local councils and owners of a building to find solutions regarding problematic
or long term buildings at risk.
How can the Trust help?
Not only is long term neglect likely to require major work in order to restore
such buildings, it can also be very costly. The Trust explores sources of
funding including the purchase of building by itself.
3. The buildings at risk register
Who holds the buildings at risk register?
English Heritage, each of the ten district / borough councils in the county and
the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust all keep a register of buildings
at risk so that they can be monitored, rescued and refurbished.
Information regarding those buildings that are on the register can be gained by
contacting the conservation officer or development control officer at the
appropriate district or borough council.
The Trust and its trading arm, BEAMS, have prepared a sample list of buildings
with the support of the District Councils which are in urgent need of attention.
This register is not meant to be fully comprehensive and some buildings have
been purposely omitted.