Purpose

The Alliance for Building Conservation exists to bring together representatives from the Island’s heritage and conservation groups to discuss and act on matters of common concern.

 

Vision

To conserve our architectural heritage and make our Manx built environment as attractive as our outstanding landscape - this will dramatically raise the quality of life for everyone.

 

Current Objectives

  • An improvement in the planning and registration procedures.
     
  • An efficient enforcement policy and practice with regard to planning and the removal of eyesores.

  • The encouragement for buildings to be sustainably conserved, including changes to the current tax structure.

  • To see an appropriate education programme about the Island and its history for all government employees.

 

Contact ABC

 

Buildings at Risk articles

 

Buildings at Risk, which runs every fortnight in the IOM Examiner, is the title given to our series of articles which shines a light on the Island's built heritage. It looks at buildings and structures currently at risk, those which have been lost, and ways in which buildings can find a sustainable future - in the hope that raising awareness of the plight and potential of our built heritage will help the public, politicians etc. value them better. These articles also provide a platform to highlight flaws and suggest improvements in the way our built heritage - dwellings, commercial and other structures, Registered and otherwise - is treated by Government, Planners, developers and property owners.  These articles can be read in the IOM Examiner and via links to our online archives here on the ABC website  abc.org.im    To read an article from the list below, click on the article title.

 

Lifeboat houses - buildings that help save lives at risk​

Article

Date

Subject

1

24 May 2016

Loss of the Nation's Treasures
Castle Mona

2

7 Jun 2016

Port St Mary Steam Railway Goods Shed
A discredited registration system?

3

21 Jun 2016

Peel Sailors’ Shelter
A Transparent and Open Building Registration System?

4

5 Jul 2016

Douglas Drill Hall
Failure to operate building registration legislation

5

19 Jul 2016

Sustainable conservation of water mills
Tynwald Strategic Review of Planning – Building Registration?

6

2 Aug 2016

Contribution of farming
Record, re-use, alternative use?

7

16 Aug 2016

Continued drip-by-drip destruction of Douglas Quayside
Registered Building system has no focus

8

30 Aug 2016

Port Erin Hotels
Effect of neglected buildings on surrounding environment

9

13 Sep 2016

Horse Tram Stables

10

4 Oct 2016

Changing attitudes in adjacent islands

11

18 Oct 2016

Ways to conserve our buildings

12

1 Nov 2016

Gaiety and Villa
Importance of Registration and Conservation Area status

13

15 Nov 2016

Armitage Rigby

14

29 Nov 2016

Peel - Centenary Hall and Brickworks office

15

13 Dec 2016

IOM Bank, Athol St. & commercial architecture
Alexander Marshall Mackenzie

16

3 Jan 2017

Laxey industry

17

17 Jan 2017

Horse tram tracks
Thomas Lightfoot

18

31 Jan 2017

Ballaugh, buildings saved

19

14 Feb 2017

Courthouses

20

28 Feb 2017

Lorne House

21

14 Mar 2017

Ropeworks and Ropewalks

22

28 Mar 2017

Bathing pools

23

11 Apr 2017

Castletown Police Station

24

25 Apr 2017

St George’s Church, Douglas

25

9 May 2017

Fort Anne

26

23 May 2017

Lighthouses and Daymarks

27

6 Jun 2017

Groudle Glen

28

27 Jun 2017

Castle Mona decline

29

18 July 2017

Moderne architecture

30

1 Aug 2017

Fate of the Castle Mona Estate

31

15 Aug 2017

Keeills

32

29 Aug 2017

Queen's Pier + Piers part 1

33

5 Sep 2017

Piers part 2 - restoration other piers

34

19 Sep 2017

Piers part 3 - their designers

35

3 Oct 2017

Port Soderick

36

17 Oct 2017

Port St Mary

37

31 Oct 2017

Port Soderick - possible restoration

38

14 Nov 2017

Horse Tram Stables – Registration stalled?

39

28 Nov 2017 

Planning Review Consultation, input needed

40
12 Dec 2017  Nunnery, neglect + Planning failures

41

 9 Jan 2018 

Smithies

42

23 Jan 2018

Manx Switzerland part 1

43

6 Feb 2108

Manx Switzerland part 2

44

20 Feb 2018

Churning butter to churning ice cream - a voyage down the Silverburn

45 6 Mar 2018
Golden Meadow Mill - 500 plus years
46 20 Mar 2018 Farms at Knockaloe
47 3 Apr 2018 Barregarrow Chapel
48 17 Apr 2018 Wind power in the Isle of Man
49 1 May 2018 Railway water tanks & towers
50 15 May 2018 Where are we now? - review of Buildings at Risk and progress

51

29 May 2018

Baillie Scott's unprotected buildings

52

12 Jun 2018

Ballaughton - 3,2,1, ZERO

53

3 Jul 2018

Fate of Christian's Milntown compared to their Ewanrigg

54

17 Jul 2018

Foxdale's proud heritage

55

31 Jul 2018

Gone and forgotten: the Manx International Exhibition

56 14 Aug 2018 Landmarks that shape a distinctive landscape
57 28 Aug 2018 Landscape reveals social history
58 11 Sep 2018 Monuments and milestones
59 25 Sep 2018 Knockaloe Huts
60 9 Oct 2018 What now for Douglas's "Heritage Harbour"
61 23 Oct 2018

West Baldwin Reservoir - what is/isn't there + West Baldwin Railway

62 6 Nov 2018 Time Travelling through our Telephone Kiosks
63 21 Nov 2018

John Welch – a talented architect (but an outrageous character?)

64 11 Dec 2018 John Welch – not just a Church Architect
65 1 Jan 2019 Groudle Glen Hotel
66 22 Jan 2019 John Welch - a sad end
67 5 Feb 2019 Thomas Brine - Civic and Church Architect
68 19 Feb 2019

John Taggart – the first Manx-born ‘Architect’?

69 5 Mar 2019

Ramsey Foreshore – More than just a Line in the Sand?

70 26 Mar 2019 Queen Street Castletown - at the heart of a community at war
71 9 Apr 2019 Waterloo Road - Ramsey's bypass
72 23 Apr 2019 Bridges & crossings on the Sulby river & its tributaries - 1
73 7 May 2019 Bridges & crossings on the Sulby river & its tributaries - 2
74 21 May 2019 Bridges & crossings on the Sulby river & its tributaries - 3
75 4 June 2019 Bridges & crossings on the Sulby river & its tributaries - 4
76 18 June 2019 Archibald Knox and buildings in Douglas - part 1
77  2 July 2019 Archibald Knox and buildings in Douglas - part 2
78 16 July 2019 The Butt, Onchan - part 1
79 30 July 2019

The Butt, Onchan - part 2

80 13 Aug 2019 Marine Biological Stations, Port Erin
81 27 Aug 2019 The Ward Library, Peel
82 10 Sept 2019 Rural builders 
83 24 Sept 2019  Harcroft and Springfield
84 8 Oct 2019 Balthane Cottage - un-necessarily condemned?
85 22 Oct 2019 Peel Old Court House - now Leece Museum
86 5 Nov 2019 Woollen Mills
87 19 Nov 2019 Woollen Mills Unravelled
88 3 Dec 2019 Flax - an Island-wide industry, now disappeared
89 17 Dec 2019 Flail and Fleece - uniting the mills in Union Mills
90 14 Jan 2020 Chain Home and Bride Radar station - no longer defended
91 28 Jan 2020 A Chain of Radars (Scarlett, Dalby and Cregneash)
92 11 Feb 2020 Henry VIII era forts on the Isle of Man
93 25 Feb 2020 Falcon's Nest Hotel - first and last large hotel in Port Erin
94 10 Mar 2020 First Island estate of its kind? - Belmont and its surroundings
95 24 Mar 2020 Fiery fate of Ballabrooie and Mount Vernon mansions
96 7 Apr 2020 Thornton and Burleigh, joint stock bank crash and inhabitants' legacies
97 21 Apr 2020 HMS Urley to Clagh Vane - the Eagle to the White Stone
98 5 May 2020 Clagh Vane - Military Camp to Civilian housing
99 19 May 2020  'Nissen Town' to Clagh Vane - growth of a community
100 2 June 2020 Our Built Heritage: Stil at Risk
101 16 June 2020  Pubs at risk?
102 30 June 2020 Douglas Head - Conservation Area?
103 14 July 2020 Cosy Nook - at the heart of Port Erin community
104 28 July 2020 The Island's Chapels - a Saving Grace?
105 11 Aug 2020 Michael Street in Peel: an architectural time travel trip
106 25 Aug 2020 Schools of Thought
107 8 Sep 2020 Schools of Thought II - Ramsey
108 22 Sep 2020 Lifeboat houses - buildings that help save lives at risk
109 6 Oct 2020 Coastguard stations - guarding the coast
110 20 Oct 2020 Sea walls, promenades and groynes
111 3 Nov 2020 Breakwaters – protecting harbours and anchorages
112 17 Nov 2020 Harbour lights and beacons - swept away by man or weather
     

 

Alliance for Building Conservation - its History

 

In 2014 and early 2015 the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society (IoMNHAS), concerned at the continued neglect of the Island’s built heritage, and lack of support for Building Conservation, was considering ways of raising awareness of the plight of our built heritage and how the situation might be improved, especially in view of the vast backlog for the Protected Buildings Register. In June 2015, IoMNHAS made contact with a number of other like-minded voluntary bodies; but following Charles Guard's Petition to Tynwald in July 2015, and the resultant formation of the 'Building Conservation Network' (later the 'Building Conservation Forum') by IOM Government, decided to wait.

The Alliance for Building Conservation (“ABC”) stems from Autumn of 2015 when IoMNHAS, alarmed at the continued neglect of the Island’s built heritage, and continued lack of progress with building registration, offered to host a meeting with like-minded groups to discuss what might be done to highlight and promote awareness of the plight of vulnerable buildings, and potentially provide a mutual-support forum.

To date, membership comprises almost all the active Heritage Trusts on the Island (Rushen, Castletown, Foxdale, Peel, Ballaugh, Laxey & Lonan, Onchan, Kirk Michael, Ramsey), IoM Victorian Society, Save Mann’s Heritage, the IoM Steam Railway Supporters Association, and the Antiquarians (as co-ordinators/secretariat).

Since inception, the main achievements of ABC are in raising awareness of the plight of our built heritage (including our Buildings at Risk articles) which has had an impact with the Planning Committee, politicians and the wider public; and we have provided mutual assistance with planning matters; we are also trying to drive through improvements to the Building Registration process to make it transparent, robust and accountable. ABC recognises that the key to a building’s longevity is continued usefulness, and its life may evolve – hence the emphasis on Sustainable Conservation rather than Preservation.