Medieval Vaults under threat in Southampton

It has come to Rescue’s attention that Southampton City Council are currently considering proposals to sell off four of the 37 medieval vaults in Southampton for development.

The proposals have met with some local opposition, but the council have argued that the historic fabric of the vaults can be successfully incorporated into any new development.

“Buildings live, they actually adapt and they develop. If thy don’t adapt and if they don’t develop then they become fossilised and they become empty, they become redundant and that’s the biggest danger to these kinds of buildings.” (Kevin White, Historic Environment Team leader, Southampton City Council)

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