About Us

Bringing buildings and communities together.

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We’re the only London-wide building preservation trust.  We work to find innovative and sustainable ways to bring new life to London’s historic buildings, supporting local regeneration and helping communities thrive. We deliver successful, high quality heritage-led projects. We re-use historic architecture throughout Greater London to create sustainable projects, innovative social solutions and cultural benefits for future generations.

The London Historic Buildings Trust was set up in 1992 as the Heritage of London Trust Operations Ltd (HOLTOP) and was rebranded in 2019. We’re the only London-wide building preservation trust.


Learn about the Impact of our Projects

We have a strong track record of rescuing London’s heritage. We save and re-use buildings across the capital, working with communities to find innovative solutions and deliver real social impact. Please watch our short video to hear more about the benefits of the work directly from some of the people involved…

This project has been generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Our Vision

Our vision is to deliver high quality, sustainable heritage-led projects. We will re-use historic buildings throughout Greater London to create innovative social solutions and cultural benefits.

Our Mission

We will ensure that our projects are informed, wherever possible, by the needs of a local community, and result in positive social change, sensitive regeneration, and training, learning and volunteering, and employment opportunities. We will also support local communities in their aspirations to safeguard local buildings, offering professional guidance through training and consultancy services.

Our Aims

We aim to:

  • Sensitively repair and convert neglected historic buildings- those included on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register, and those that are not.
  • Develop heritage led re-use schemes informed by the needs and aspirations of a local community.
  • Act as a development partner for owners of heritage assets seeking a scheme that places the historic building, its local environment, and the needs of the local community at the forefront.
  • Support, inform/educate and facilitate at a local level, working with local community groups and fledgling trusts.
  • Act as a catalyst for sensitive regeneration in the most deprived areas of London.

Our Strategic Objectives

Our six strategic delivery objectives are to:

  • Engage with volunteer-led groups to help save their local buildings;
  • Deliver high quality heritage-led regeneration projects;
  • Ensure we achieve long-term sustainability;
  • Share our skills and knowledge with others;
  • Ensure our projects embrace groups (and people) that might not otherwise engage or associate with heritage assets;
  • Undertake projects that support our three social impact objectives

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Support Us

To support us financially you can make a one off donation or, for an annual donation, you can become one of our patrons and take part in our new Patron’s Programme of events, lectures and site visits.

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