£1.7m 2014 to 2015
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