east of england buildings preservation trust

Nene Parade, March
Illustration of Nene Parade, March by by Chris Godfrey - ex Secretary to CHBPT

2013 Lecture

Thetford Station Masters House

March 2014

What a shambles - hopes for early reuse of the Thetford Station Masters House dashed


The prospect of a viable new use being found for the grade II listed former Station Master's house at Thetford Station has been dealt a major blow due to current franchise arrangements with Greater Anglia.

The building has been empty for many years and neglect threatens the irreplaceable historic flintwork to its facades.

Greater Anglia's obligation is only to "leave as found at commencement of the franchise". The franchise arrangements result in the company having no incentive/motivation to invest in the building or worse still help secure its repair and reuse.

The East of England Buildings Preservation Trust (EEBPT) has put forward a residential scheme to save the building, but Greater Anglia have put in place policies that prevent the release of the building to the charity.


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East of England Buildings Preservation Trust logothe trust - eebpt

The East of England Buildings Preservation Trust is a charity devoted to saving historic buildings and structures in the East of England.

It often works with local authorities and seeks to save and bring back into use 'Buildings at Risk'. It is always interested in hearing about the possibility of new projects and would be particularly interested in a project that involved a building or buildings where there may be, at least, an element of community use.

The Trust was until the summer of 2007 when it expanded its area of operation, the Cambridgeshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust. Its remit allowed it to undertake projects within the districts of Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire, Fenland and Huntingdonshire although it appraised and undertook projects largely in Fenland and East Cambridgehire.