Colliery and tunnel on ‘most at risk of ruin’ list

Victorian Society president Griff Rhys Jones said this year’s examples include “gems” and “real historical moments”. He said: “It is both inspiring and saddening to see this list. Who would have thought that a call to arms would reveal such a wealth of distinguished and absorbing architecture?” The 2019 top 10 are: Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, Staffordshire Image copyright Flickr.com Grade I-listed Shadwell Court was built in 1715 but was remodelled beyond all recognition in 1840 by Edward Blore and again 20 years later by SS Teulon. The gothic mansion has been empty since the 1990s and is owned by a member of the Dubai ruling family, the society said. Mr Costelloe said it would be a “scandal” if the mansion, …

What’s it like to live in a castle?

Many holidaymakers will have visited castles this summer, but what about owning one, or living or working in one? Three people reflect on life behind the battlements. Bamburgh Castle: Looking after an icon Image copyright EPA Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong now lives on a nearby farm but grew up in the castle The oldest parts date to the Norman Conquest of 1066 and it was in a poor state when it was bought by the industrialist William Armstrong in 1894. He rebuilt large parts of it and the castle became the family home. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong’s family also used to own the Farne Islands and Cragside House Living in a centuries-old building filled with spiral …

No-deal Brexit checks ‘needed near Irish border’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeo Varadkar says there may be some checks ‘near the border’ in a no-deal Some checks on goods and live animals may need to take place near the Irish border in a no-deal Brexit, Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said. As far as possible, checks would take place at ports, airports and firms, the taoiseach said, and his government was “working out the details” with the EU. There was “a significant and growing risk of no-deal”, he added. UK PM Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit”, which is set for 31 October. What is the Irish border backstop? Why is the Irish border …

Georgia to Scotland by bike for the love of rugby

Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Getting ready to leave from Tbilisi He noticed that relatively few Georgian fans would travel abroad with the national rugby team and he wanted to show other supporters what was possible. He told the BBC Scotland News website: ” In Georgia, rugby is a very popular sport but Georgians don’t really support their team in other countries. “I wanted to show that we can support our team anywhere and this was a big game – the last before the World Cup.” Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption A river side stop in Budapest, Hungary Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Munich in Germany was also on Sandro’s route Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption …

Roman mosaic discovery ‘one of three in world’

Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologists and volunteers spent nine days uncovering the Roman find Mr Nichol, who worked on the dig, said: “It’s been quite overwhelming, not just for me but everyone involved. “There’s a real buzz and excitement on this project, I’ve never seen that before on any project that I’ve worked on.” Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Workers used toothbrushes to painstakingly clean it without damaging the ancient tiles Image caption Roman art and architecture expert Anthony Beeson uncovered the story held within the mosaic Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologist Matt Nichol described it as “second to none” Explaining the story depicted in the mosaic, Mr Beeson said: “The pavement …

The ‘goners’ caught on film forever

Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption The buildings Peter used to shoot were known as “goners” – this one in Seacroft was already halfway there in 1974 Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption A billboard is framed by the half-demolished Marsh Lane tenements Image copyright PETER MITCHELL Image caption John Murray, right, owned the Racing Pigeon Shop and remembers “great times” on Blake Grove John, who still runs a racing pigeon business, remembers “great times” on the street and often passes by his former shop, which closed in 2010. “Shops weren’t allowed to trade on Sundays, but we’d open our doors for a few hours to let the pigeon boys come in,” said the 60-year-old. “I remember we had to …

‘Bruised and shaken and coming home’

Both are members of Killymoon Golf Club in Cookstown and Ryan had gone to Georgia on his own hoping to see a McIlroy victory. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lightning struck a tree close to the 15th green Ryan told his father he had been sheltering under a tree when the lightning struck and all he could remember was waking up “yards away” with the emergency services all around him. “He’s had scans just to make sure there is no internal damage,” said his father. Ryan was back in his hotel by Sunday afternoon and is hoping to fly home to Northern Ireland on Tuesday. He had only finished camp a week ago and had headed to Chicago before …

‘Doctors knew my son had HIV, but didn’t tell him’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I feel guilt that we allowed it to happen’ Paul Summers was five when he was diagnosed with the blood disorder haemophilia in 1969. His parents Pat and Tony were shocked, but also relieved. They had spent their son’s early years ferrying him from their home in Llantwit Major to Bridgend hospital with unexplained bruises and bleeding problems. A knock or cut could see the active little boy in hospital for weeks. When a revolutionary new treatment called Factor VIII was proposed by doctors in the late 1970s, a teenage Paul was thrilled he could inject himself at home, freed of regular trips to the haemophiliac unit at Cardiff’s Royal Infirmary for …

London Bridge makes Riba Stirling Prize shortlist

The nominated buildings, he said, “could hardly be more diverse” yet had “ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials” in common. Previous winners of the prize – first presented in 1996 – include Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, Hastings Pier and the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. Image copyright Ricky Jones Built almost entirely from cork and designed to be assembled by hand without mortar or glue, this private house in Eton emits next to zero carbon. The Riba Stirling Prize jury said it was “a structure of great ingenuity” that “harked back to a time when humans and nature were more intertwined”. Image copyright Tim Crocker This development of 105 energy-efficient homes in Norwich is the first council housing …

Mayor rejects plans for Tulip tower

The design did not constitute the very highest quality of design required for a building in the location The proximity, height and material would have a negative impact on the Tower of London World Heritage site The space around the proposed building was insufficient to be safe and to prevent overcrowding A lack of new cycle parking spaces failed to comply with the London Plan for transport Image copyright Foster + Partners Image caption The proposed skyscraper would have been the second tallest in London after the Shard The London Review Panel concluded The Tulip “does not represent world class architecture, it lacks sufficient quality and quantity of public open space, and its social and environmental sustainability do not match …

Charles’ 50 years as Prince of Wales

Former Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards, who went on to know the prince well, also recalled the excitement at Cardiff train station, where he was at the time of the announcement. “It didn’t have a roof, but if it had had a roof it would have come off,” he said. “There was enormous excitement on the platform and in the railway station.” Among the guests invited to the investiture 50 years ago was Sir Nicholas Soames, a lifelong friend of the prince. Image caption Dafydd Iwan said the investiture “came out of nowhere” amidst political turmoil In the late 1950s, Welsh nationalism was yet to spark into life. Eleven years later, when Charles was crowned, it …

Theatre photos bring backstage world to life

Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham Rep Image caption “The Rep is more than a theatre. It’s an icon of the city, with its distinctive Brutalist architecture and its role in the history of Birmingham’s arts and culture scene dating back over a century,” said Mr McGee Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham Rep Image caption “The theatre is unique in the city in that it’s our only producing theatre. Thanks to an incredible team of skilled crafts people, the theatre designs and creates its own sets and costumes, which makes its productions really special” Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham REP Image caption Of the 100 exhibition photographs, one of Mr McGee’s favourites is a shot of a welder in the workshop. “Taken during the …

‘Marmite’ bus station up for Riba prize

Mr Quick, the University of Central Lancashire professor of public art practice, said he was not surprised the refurbishment of the station had received recognition, as it was “really sympathetic and brought it into the 21st Century”. ‘Marmite building’ He is helping to organise events this year to mark its 50th anniversary including an exhibition opening in September called ‘Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at Preston’s Harris Museum’. James Arnold, who is co-curating it, said the building certainly got people talking. “It has been described as Marmite, people love it or loathe it but it always gets a reaction,” he said. Other buildings on Riba’s list include Battersea Arts Centre in London, which …

The 150-year-old ‘soul’ of a seaside town

Image copyright Illustrated London News Image caption The pier opened in 1869 to great fanfare Image copyright Science & Society Picture Library Image caption It was constructed using surplus rails from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s South Wales railway Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Thousands came out to celebrate the pier’s reopening on 27 May 1989 Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Another ceremony was held when a new pier head and landing stage for steamer ships was added A new visitors’ centre and restaurant opened in 2016, with visitor numbers topping 100,000 for the first time in 147 years. In April, it came third behind Worthing and Clacton in the National Piers Society competition …

Honours for judge, 100, and street cleaner

He identified flaws in the system which, had they been solved previously, may have uncovered Shipman’s wrong-doing much earlier. Now they have been resolved they should prevent future such scandals, his citation said. Shipman, who died in 2004, killed at least 215 patients. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old aspiring architect, was murdered in a racist attack in London in 1993 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Georgia Hall won the British Open in August last year BEMs are also being awarded to Thomas McArdle, a 61-year-old street cleaner from Liverpool, and PC Alison Suffield of Lancashire Police for her response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Mr McArdle, who has been cleaning the …

Best buildings in Scotland 2019 winners

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced the 10 winners of its 2019 awards. Jury chairman Prof John Cole said the journey around the country to view the projects had been “a reaffirmation” of the ability of architecture to positively influence the lives of individuals and communities. The winners will form the long list for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, which will be announced in October. They are: The Black House They said they had “succeeded in creating a calm, inviting and exceptional home”. The Briongos MacKinnon House Image copyright Andrew Lee Image caption Broomlands Primary School, Kelso – contract value £8m (Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design Ltd for Scottish Borders Council) The school’s …