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Building Essentials

South Norwood has many beautiful heritage buildings, but do you know how to maintain them in the best way? Building Essentials answers this question with easy-to-follow tips and a detailed guide for those considering a new lease of life for their heritage property. 

In March 2023, Croydon Council drafted in the experts to give SE25 locals the advice they need to keep their buildings in the best condition. London Historic Buildings Trust (LHBT) and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) are experts dedicated to ensuring our built heritage is around for the next 100 years.

Funded by Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme as part of Croydon Council’s South Norwood Regeneration Programme. For more information visit


Love it or Lose it

A practical guide to maintaining older buildings. 

Living in, and maintaining, older properties can be a daunting task. In this guide, you will find practical advice for taking care of older properties. It considers why maintenance matters, what to look out for, tips on using the right materials and includes a handy glossary of technical terms for those of us who don’t know our drains from our gutters. 

Download the guide here.


Maintenance Calendar

A concise, year-round schedule for maintenance tasks which compliments the Love it or Lose it guide.

A step-by-step list of things you should do to look after your property each month - from the best time to do essential maintenance to the essentials for your toolbox. And yes, it does include a month off for you to sit back and relax. Download here.


Reusing Older Buildings

An introduction to adapting and restoring heritage buildings.

Heritage projects are complex and require a lot of skills and planning to be successful. This guide provides information for groups and organisations with an interest in taking on these challenges, from pitching a project to funding opportunities. Download here.


Interested in conservation? 

The London Historic Buildings Trust (LHBT) was set up in 1992 and works to find innovative and sustainable ways to bring new life to London’s historic buildings, supporting local regeneration and helping communities thrive.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) believes old buildings have a future. From cottages to castles, they help buildings and the people who care for them through their training schemes, courses, advice and research.

Want to learn more? Discover more of what makes South Norwood an amazing place to live and visit with our History page.

This project was funded by Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme delivered by Croydon Council. For more information visit







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