About Buildings at Risk

Nottinghamshire has over 4,500 listed buildings, structures and monuments. The great majority are in good condition. However, there are a number of buildings that have fallen into disuse, dereliction and disrepair. These are referred to as ‘Buildings at Risk’.

About the register

The register includes buildings that have been identified by Nottinghamshire County Council as being ‘at risk’.  The survey was undertaken using a set of national criteria devised by Historic England (the government’s advisory body on heritage in England).  The survey has covered 3 districts of the county, Newark and Sherwood, Gedling and Rushcliffe, the remaining districts will be added as survey data becomes available.  

Each entry’s ‘Risk Category’ is based on its overall condition and occupancy (listings that cannot be occupied or ‘used’ such as statues, sundials, boundary walls have an ‘A’ after their risk category).  Risk Categories are from 1 to 3, with category 1 entries being the most at risk. The register represents the condition of each entry on the date of survey.  If you know of a change to the condition or occupancy of a listed building please contact Nottinghamshire County Council’s Conservation Team on 0300 500 80 80 or email the county’s Historic Environment Officer for buildings: janine.buckley@nottscc.gov.uk.

The aim of this register is to raise awareness of the problems relating to historic buildings at risk to the wider public. It also aims to prompt action to promote repair of these buildings and secure their long-term future.

The register will help local authorities, Historic England and Building Preservation Trusts to set priorities for planning and financing building work. It is also the intention to use the register, where appropriate, to persuade funding bodies to make money available at the county and local level.

Why do historic buildings become ‘at risk’?

There are some typical causes why buildings can become neglected and disused, and often more than one factor is involved: 

Redundancy

The building may no longer be suited to the function for which it was originally designed or is currently used for. Once a building is vacant and left unsecured, it can become vulnerable to vandalism and arson.

Ownership

The building may no longer be suited to the function for which it was originally designed or is currently used for. Once a building is vacant and left unsecured, it can become vulnerable to vandalism and arson.

Location

The building lies within the curtilage (i.e. surrounding land) of a larger building and/or has access problems preventing a change of ownership.  A building might also have become blighted by changes to its surroundings, modern developments or changes to local economic situation. 

Conservation deficit

There is a disparity between the cost of repair and the end value of a building once repaired.

Find out more about the buildings currently on the register