The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Department stores

Haven’s – Southend-on-sea

Nominated by: The Architectural Heritage Fund
Have C20 acted upon before? No
Region: East of England
Dates from: 1935
Listed: Grade II

An AHF Project Viability Grant for £4,980 paid for a project viability report to test whether the proposed use should be pursued and to develop the business case. An AHF loan of £100,000 was recently provided to fund the initial cost of alterations and refurbishment necessary to set up the new centre while external funding is secured from charitable trusts, local business and individuals to complete the full renovation. The store closed in January 2018, bringing an end to 116 years of trading on this site. However, an imaginative proposal by Age Concern Southend-on-Sea (ACSOS) promises to find a new role for this key high street building.

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