Another step forward for Luke’s campaign to rescue Plymouth’s iconic but disused buildings…

RBS has submitted a planning application to restore the face of the RBS/NatWest building at the top of Royal Parade, including the intricate mosaic tiles.

Luke launched his Buildings At Risk List back in April. It features ten historic but neglected buildings in the city, with a challenge to their owners: invest in them, or sell them to someone who will. It’s great to see progress being made.

Luke and his team also saw the owners of the disused Raglan Gatehouse sell up a fortnight after he launched his Buildings at Risk campaign. Plymouth has a proud history and the properties on his list tell their story. Many are over a century old, surviving the Plymouth Blitz and the wrecking ball of past regenerations. They should be given a new lease of life, a fresh purpose and a brighter future.

Luke said:

“I’ve been heartened by the response of people in Plymouth to this campaign, as well as the local heritage groups I’ve met with. We have a brilliant city but I want to make it even better. Thank you to the owners who have engaged with the campaign. And let’s keep the pressure on those who haven’t: invest in these iconic buildings, or sell them to someone who will.”

In case you missed it, here’s his Buildings at Risk List:
1 The Palace Theatre, Union Street
2 The Royal Fleet Club, Devonport
3 The Reel Cinema, city centre
4 The Pot Black Building/Mechanics Institute, Devonport
5 Pounds House, Central Park
6 Raglan Gatehouse, Devonport
7 The Great Western Hotel, Union Street
8 The Cooperage, the Barbican
9 The RBS building/ the NatWest building, city centre
10 St Simon’s Church, Mount Gould

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