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National architecture charity the Victorian Society has included The Great Northern Railway Warehouse, in Derby, on its 2017 top-10 endangered buildings list.
The Top 10 campaign, now in its 10th year, recognises the plight of endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales in the hope that increased publicity will help save them.
The large railway warehouse - which is part of Friar Gate Goods Yard and which borders the roundabout that joins Uttoxeter New Road with Mercian Way - has been left derelict for 50 years, according to the society.
It was built in 1877 by Kirk and Randall as part of the Great Northern Railway at Friargate Station and was listed as Grade II in 1986.
Planning permission was granted to Clowes – the site's owner for the past 30 years – in October 2011 for homes, offices, cafes and shops, while turning the warehouse into a supermarket. But a downturn in the fortune of supermarkets put paid to the latter idea.
The owners have said a high-value use for the warehouse, such as retail, bars and restaurants, was still needed to make restoring it affordable.
Christopher Costelloe, Victorian Society director, said: “This large and distinctive Victorian warehouse could be re-purposed into a focal point of Derby - instead it has steadily become a giant eyesore, with its architectural and historical interest eroding away.
"We hope that its inclusion in this year’s top-10 list will (show) its obvious potential and (that it could be revived) into a community space Derby can be proud of.”
Griff Rhys Jones, Victorian Society vice president, said: “The Victorian Society’s Top 10 Endangered Buildings campaign is now in its 10th year and, over the years, we have seen what a difference it can make to the future of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in peril.
"All of the buildings on this year’s list have local, even national, importance in terms of their history and/or architecture. There is still time to save them for future generations to enjoy.
“Many of the buildings have committed community groups rallying behind them but I know from experience that funding can be difficult to secure. We need local authorities and private investors to recognise the potential of these buildings and take steps to secure and revitalise them before it’s too late.”
It emerges after the Derby Telegraph reported there are fears tragedy could strike again at another derelict building in Derby if security is not tightened up. Abbey Street resident Dominik Dynia has spoken out about Friar Gate Goods Yard just days after 12-year-old Adam Johnson died after falling through the roof at the derelict Aida Bliss building in Chester Green.
The Derby Telegraph has asked site owners Clowes Developments for a response to Mr Dynia’s concerns but they have not yet commented.