£1.7m 2014 to 2015

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story -

The build­ings fea­tured, which span nine cen­turies, were brought back from the brink of ruin, in some cases cost­ing mil­lions of pounds of pub­lic money.

It’s a new award judged by the Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors. It looks at build­ings from the preGe­or­gian, Ge­or­gian, Vic­to­rian and 20th-cen­tury pe­ri­ods, and at the end of each pro­gramme, each era win­ner is an­nounced. The over­all vic­tor will be re­vealed at the close of the fourth and fi­nal episode. “This pro­gramme holds to ac­count the process through which these build­ings are saved and show us how the funds raised [mainly via taxes from the pub­lic] are be­ing spent,” says McCloud. “But the se­ries is im­por­tant not least be­cause cul­tur­ally and so­cially it helps us to un­der­stand our past and there­fore plot our fu­ture.”

While he praises the work of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Na­tional Trust in re­turn­ing the UK’s grand man­sions and medieval cas­tles to their for­mer glory, it was the com­mu­nity-led mis­sion to re­cover the Master’s House in Led­bury, Here­ford­shire, that won him over.

Dat­ing from 1487, the Grade II listed prop­erty is one of the re­main­ing frag­ments of the medieval St Kather­ine’s Hospi­tal (founded in 1232) and was built to house the leader of a group of brethren who cared for the poor and needy.

The build­ing, now stranded in a car park, has had many lives. It was req­ui­si­tioned dur­ing the Sec­ond World War as a food bank, be­fore be­com­ing coun­cil of­fices, flats and then a doc­tors’ surgery.

Be­fore this project the 530-year-old tim­ber frame at the core of the Re­turned to its orig­i­nal pur­pose as a func­tion­ing mill by a ded­i­cated crafts­man, it pro­duces flour for ar­ti­san breads

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