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Birmingham concrete church on heritage at risk list

Government heritage agency Historic England has published the annual Heritage At Risk Register, which shows how well the country's historic environment is doing.

The Grade II Church of St Thomas More, Birmingham, a 1968 Catholic church built entirely from concrete, has now been added to the list.

Its significance comes from its architect, nationally-important Richard Gilbert Scott.

The report suggests if work is not done on the building it could fall into disrepair.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England's chief executive, said: "This year's register gives us the most complete assessment of the state of our nation's heritage yet. It shows that we are making progress, but also that the challenge is still significant.

"The very things that make our regions special, are the things most at risk. If they're lost, then a sense of that region is lost too. Together we can safeguard our most precious places and buildings for future generations."

The list also shows a number of churches have moved away from the 'at risk' category and are now thought to be safe for future generations.

The medieval parish church of St Mary Magdalene, North Wootton, has changed status thanks to repairs to the remaining tower.

Elsewhere repairs to the roofs and masonry at the church of St Michael, Thorpe Satchville, means it is safe after two years on the at risk register.

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