1.Replace or revive?

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Albert Dock, Liverpool.

How is it that some of the most neglected and ruinous historic buildings somehow find new uses and a new lease of life? There is, of course, no single, simple answer. Yet what such rescues usually have in common is a coming together of different contributions and skills. It is fortunate that the United Kingdom has planning systems, including the listing of historic buildings, which may be under strain, but which deserve to be celebrated and judiciously guarded. There are individuals, organisations and communities who are prepared to devote knowledge and time to protect the places they value, and ...

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