London Historic Buildings Trust’s Strategic Plan unveils strong social impact ambitions.

The London Historic Buildings Trust (LHBT) today launched its new identity (formerly Heritage of London Trust Operations) and an ambitious new Strategic Plan, setting out its objectives and how it will achieve them over the next five years. Delivering real and meaningful social impacts through future projects is central to the Plan.  

The Strategic Plan is a defining moment in the Trust’s history and is the culmination of a year-long Resilient Heritage project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, to reassess the Trust’s future.

Through the Plan, the Trust makes a firm commitment to undertaking projects that support its three newly defined social impact objectives for local communities in Greater London. The objectives are to:

  1. create better places for people to live, work and visit;
  2. ensure local heritage will be in better condition, more widely recognised, and better understood and valued;
  3. work to support a sustainable environment.

The Strategic Plan was unveiled at a launch event at the Grade II listed heritage at risk Tin Tabernacle, Kilburn (gallery below), where the Trust’s Chairman Diana Beattie, said: “We will continue our project work addressing Heritage at Risk across London while developing social impact and addressing opportunities such as High Street Heritage Action Zones, based on our strong track record in rescuing interesting but challenging buildings since 1992.”

Celia Mead, Interim Director, said: “This moment represents a new strategy, new identity and branding, new commitment to social impact while strengthening our structure and exploring new types of fundraising. It puts us in the place where we can rescue London’s heritage for the long term.”

Note to editors

  1. Photos of the event will be available on google gallery, link available from 20.00 Monday 27 January from
  2. LHBT is the only London-wide building preservation trust. It delivers successful, high quality heritage-led projects, re-using historic architecture throughout Greater London to create sustainable projects, innovative social solutions and cultural benefits for future generations. It was set up in 1992 as the Heritage of London Trust Operations Ltd (HOLTOP) and was rebranded in 2019.
    It works closely with Historic England to remove problem or difficult buildings from the Heritage at Risk register and develops strong partnerships with local authorities, housing associations, NHS Trusts, community groups and other building preservation trusts.
    LHBT also works with key stakeholders to ensure that its projects are informed, wherever possible, by the needs of the local community and result in positive social change and sensitive regeneration, as well as training, learning, volunteering and employment opportunities. It also works to support local communities in their aspirations to safeguard local buildings, offering professional guidance through training and consultancy services.
  1. LHBT’s Resilient Heritage project was undertaken between November 2018 and November 2019. The project was only possible due to funding provided by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
  2. LHBT’s Strategic Plan is based on the clear, evidence-based need for a London-wide building preservation trust and defines the Trust’s six strategic delivery objectives for the next five years. They are to:
  • Engage with volunteer-led groups to help save their local buildings;
  • Deliver high quality heritage-led regeneration projects;
  • Ensure the Trust achieves long-term sustainability;
  • Share its skills and knowledge with others;
  • Ensure its projects embrace groups (and people) that might not otherwise engage or associate with heritage assets;
  • Undertake projects that support the Trust’s three social impact objectives.
  1. LHBT’s new logo has been inspired by the colour, form, strength and durability of the humble London Stock Brick. The icon part of our logo is based on the English Brick Bond pattern seen so often in the buildings of London. It symbolises how we connect and bond with our partners and local communities, to deliver sustainable projects, innovative social solutions and cultural benefits for future generations.

  1. For more information please contact LHBT on 07778 666177 To find out more about LHBT’s past projects see


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