The SPAB was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage. We play a formal part in the planning system and, under the Town and Country Planning Act, must be notified of all applications to demolish or partly demolish listed buildings in England and Wales. In this area of our work we tend to concentrate on earlier buildings and should also be consulted on major works to cathedrals and churches. Every year we take up a number of cases and, where necessary, we fight them at public enquiry or in church courts. Where we hear of listed buildings at risk we try to secure repair. We advise. We educate. We campaign. We offer help when it's wanted and informed resistance when we are alarmed. We encourage excellence in new design to enrich and complement the historic environment.
The Sustainable Development Foundation is a non-profit organisation that works to deliver a radical step-change in sustainability performance for the UK built environment. We take a holistic view of sustainability, aiming to create healthy, environmentally sound and productive buildings that support sustainable lifestyles and communities We focus on clients and investors, supporting them to deliver sustainable projects through procurement, design and delivery We adopt challenging targets that will safeguard our sustainable future and work to make this a reality now.
In the area of construction products, optimising sustainability is complex and challenging. The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials at the University of Bath welcomes the direction and focus that this new and exciting initiative will bring, and is looking forward to working with the ASBP to identify and deliver the urgently needed research.