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Fighting Fund

The Fighting Fund allows SAVE to campaign for buildings under particular threat from demolition and insensitive development, by drawing them to the attention of the public, and creating a case against their destruction through legal action and alternative architectural schemes.


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  • Need


    Historic architecture is continuously under threat. Buildings are at risk of neglect and decay, and the threat of demolition from developers and negligent owners. Frequently, historic buildings are seen as being unsuitable to accommodate modern requirements. Owners often see them as pensions on the state, and are unable to see the long term benefits of retaining historic architecture, both in terms of economic value and more broadly in terms of place making.


    SAVE’s message is one of hope: that old buildings can live again. By working with top architects and developers SAVE demonstrates how historic buildings can be sensitively and feasibly be brought back to life, while meeting the demands of today. The Fighting Fund also allows SAVE to pursue legal action where necessary, allowing SAVE to champion the importance of heritage in nationwide planning policy and in the health of our towns and cities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To be able to create visions of what a building or street can look like if properly restored


    » Work with top conservation architects and architectural practices to work on the designs

    What success will look like

    It will be demonstrated by the production of alternative images that show the retention of historic buildings, gauging the public's reception on social media and in the local press

    Aim 2

    Work with a legal team to pull cases together to fight the destruction to historic buildings.


    » Work with established solicitors who provide their time at reduced rates or pro-bono to bring together legal challenges to harmful schemes.

    What success will look like

    The outcome of the legal challenge will lead to the threatened heritage asset being protected, or a change in planning policy to greater countrywide protection.

    Aim 3

    Demonstrate that buildings can be kept from further deterioration.


    » Work with top conservation surveyors to demonstrate that at risk buildings can be kept from further deterioration, and are not a threat to the public.

    What success will look like

    The uptake of advise from surveyors that demonstrate that by following procedure buildings can be kept from further decay.

  • Impact


    The Fighting Fund will afford us the ability to take on campaigns and fight them with all the tools we have to our disposal, through alternative schemes, survey reports from experts, and legal action.

    Successful campaigns will extend beyond the retention of historic buildings to allow greater access to historic architecture for all, and create inspiring and lively places to live and work which will last for many generations.


    The largest risk is that important examples of our architectural heritage are lost, meaning that the work of the


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Architectural drawings The cost to have an alternative scheme drawn up by professional architects for a campaign
      £2,000 Reduced legal fees The average cost of the legal team to take action
      £10,000 Aarhus Convention legal costs The costs incurred by SAVE if we lose in the UK courts. These are capped by the Aarhus Convention.
      £3,000 Administration costs The running costs of the campaigns
  • Background


    SAVE will take on campaigns from across England and Wales, frequently in areas that have suffered from poor investment.


    The benefits of the campaigns covered by the Fighting Fund extend beyond the retention of wonderful examples of historic architecture, to include the local neighbourhood, and the UK as a whole, for generations to come, as more people are exposed to historically significant examples of our rich past.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SAVE has been campaigning for threatened buildings for forty years. As an independent organisation we have the freedom to pursue campaigns that amenity societies are not.

    Since 1975 SAVE's work has led to the retention of buildings such as Bank Side Power Station, now the location of the Tate Modern, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, and Dumfries House, Ayrshire. SAVE frequently overcome powerful opposition to give a voice to threatened heritage.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marcus Binney

    Executive President. Marcus Binney is a founding member of SAVE and has worked tirelessly to protect threatened historic buildings for forty years.

    Henrietta Billings

    Director Henrietta Billings takes the lead on campaigns, dealing with the solicitors, architects and press, to make them a success.

    Mike Fox

    Deputy Director Mike Fox has a wealth of experience, having assisted with numerous cases including the protection of Smithfield General Market.