Protecting your historical building

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How to Protect Historic & Listed Buildings: Heritage Protection Guide

If you are the owner, facilities manager or even curator of a historic or heritage building that is open for visitor attraction, it should be your ultimate priority to ensure the protection of the building as well as its inside contents.

There are numerous things you can do to ensure your building’s conservation and safety, however, it does come with some challenges, which in this article, we will identify key solutions to help you manage your building properly.

Is it necessary to protect old buildings?

Of course, this goes without saying that the preservation of historic buildings is crucial to not only retain our nation’s heritage but for the building’s history and integrity.

As these listed, historic buildings are places of interest, they are also targets for theft. For example, metal theft is common with historic buildings, especially from roofs.

Not only can this leave your listed building damaged and need in of a costly repair, which causes expense, stress and frustration.

Places of worship also experience high levels of theft and are part of the wider issue of heritage crime.

There is a big global demand for raw materials, which make many historic places vulnerable to an attack from thieves looking for lead, copper and zinc.

Historic England recommends installing an alarm system and has provided curators and managers with a template for risk assessment that will need to be carried out.

Download the template here.

What’s the first thing you need to do?

ready to go installed cctv cameras for your own assurance

Historic buildings do not only need to be protected against theft, but fire too.

By preparing for risk and installing an alarm and CCTV systems will allow you to not only deter thieves but keep a safe over the building 24/7, ultimately protecting it from severe harm.

When deciding between different CCTV installation companies, you should be looking for ones that offer advanced security systems that include computer-controlled video analytic software that can be programmed to identify any moving object, which will be great for dark passageways and halls. For example, Active Communication Company Ltd (ACCL) is rated 5 stars by their customers and are pioneers when it comes to CCTV camera installation services.

Other simple ways you can protect a historical building?

Read more advice here.

How to Maintain Historic Buildings

 Historic building advice

Events showing people how to maintain historic buildings like the Old Abbey, will be running across the UK for the next six months.

Owners and occupiers of historic buildings are invited to attend a series of free heritage events which will teach people how to effectively maintain their buildings and save money in the process.

One top tip is to keep properties and estates clear of rubble, rubbish and waste. Specialist waste removal services from Any Waste in Manchester include domestic rubbish clearance from large and small sites. For those based in the South in London, we recommend Diamond Waste.

Listed Building Roof Repairs

Historic buildings are sometimes listed as a means of protecting their historic background. If your listed building needs repairs, it is essential that you get in touch with a specialist, rather than any old company.
A listed building will have to be handled very differently and should only be repaired by an experienced team. For more information on listed building repairs, see

What alternative roofing materials can you use?

For older properties, a reliable, dependable roof is incredibly important to maintain the structural integrity of the building.

A roof can help protect the building from extreme weather conditions, keep it insulated correctly and improve its durability.

  • EPDM Flat Roofs: This type of roof has become incredibly popular for UK homeowners. It’s created by a synthetic rubber that, if installed correctly, can last to up to 50 years. It’s inexpensive to buy and install and it’s lightweight too, creating minimal strain on the structure of older buildings. Read more here.
  • Roof Tiles: Roof tiles are slightly expensive and require more maintenance across each year. However, they remain popular to use because they tend to look more appealing and come in a range of colours and designs. Find out more.
  • Asphalt shingles: This type of material is another popular roofing material that can be designed to resemble tiles, wood or slate. You can find out more here.

Depending on the structure of the building, we always recommend and getting in touch with roofing manufacturers to find the best possible option for your property.

Local Events

The events have been set up under the Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative grant scheme, and will be jointly funded by Manchester City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Architects, surveyors and contractors along with residents and owners of historic buildings are being encouraged to attend the events which explain the benefits of carrying out appropriate repair and restoration works to historic buildings as seen here.

A Manchester City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and regeneration said:
“These events will give people an excellent insight into how to restore and maintain historic properties.

“It is important that as a city we ensure that history is kept alive and maintained for future generations to enjoy.”

The events are scheduled to run from June through to October 2018 and will be held in various buildings in major UK cities.

The next event is on 6 June at Manchester One Stop Centre and will focus on the need for old buildings to breathe.

For details of further events contact us

The Old Abbey

Twyford Abbey – West Twyford

This Twyford Abbey was never an abbey and still isn’t.

This manor house had been partially demolish between 1715 and 1806. The house was then turned into a gothic themed mansion.

In 1902, the building was bought and became a nursing home, which closed in 1988 due to insufficient funds.


The building features beautiful stained glass located all over the entire building, it is sad to see it decaying.

Ceilings and walls crumbling apart. Many corridors had rotting wood, holes and the inability to take an average person’s weight.

The Brave Wanderers

Those who have had the guts to go have reported an eerie feeling, mainly due to the poor condition this old manor house has been left it.

Explore The Military Base of Cambridge here.

An Old Military Base

Cambridge Military Hospital

The Cambridge Military hospital was named after Prince George. It was first opened on the 18th July 1879.

During the First World War, this hospital acted as the first base hospital to receive those who were injured. Another little fact is that it was the first place where plastic surgery took place in Britain.

After both the first and second world war, there was a decline in importance of military commitments, so civilians started to get admitted to the hospital.

The building eventually closed down on February 2nd in 1996 as the cost of keeping the old building a float got too much, as well as asbestos within the building posing a health threat.

What now?

Now, explores use this building as a bases of exploring and taking photographs. They say the long, dark, creepy corridoors create the perfect mysterious images.









See what happened to Rougham hall after World War Two.

Damaged From The War

Rougham Hall, Suffolk


This estate is located near St Bury Edmonds, which is local for a lot of visitors.

In 1905, this building was owned by Sir George Agnew and is still within that family’s ownership.

rougham-hallDuring World War Two, this property was taken over by the army; however it was struck by a forceful bomb in September 1940.

The bomb damaged the beautiful bell tower that still stands today – but with faults. It still hasn’t been fixed and is unlikely to.

Ever since being hit by the bomb, it has remained derelict. In 1975 the west tower was demolished due to the safety issues of the falling apart building.

This building has now been put as a British Listed Building, with much of the house being damaged.

This estate features disconnected stables, due to the lack of maintenance the roof began to fall apart. It needed to be fixed due to still being used – you can see the end result here.

Learn more about a derelict building in London.