Mavisbank House makes Europa shortlist

Mavisbank House is in a increasingly fragile state
Mavisbank House is in a increasingly fragile state

The historic Mavisbank House has been shortlisted by an international panel of experts as one of the most at risk properties in Europe.

The Loanhead ruin is one of 14 monuments and sites from across Europe to be vying to join Europa Nostra’s ‘Seven Most Endangered’ programme 2016.

Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage organisation, explained the sites were selected taking into account their outstanding heritage and cultural value as well as the grave danger that they are facing.

A statement from the Mavisbank Trust said: “Mavisbank House is the only UK building included in the list underlining its national and international significance and it perilous condition.”

The final seven will be unveiled in Venice in March.

If successful in reaching Europa Nostra’s 2016 programme experts from the European Investment Bank Institute will visit and analyse Mavisbank and will contribute to the formulation of realistic action plans.

It is hoped that the property’s inclusion on the list will raise Mavisbank’s profile and draw further support for its restoration.

Mavisbank House has been shortlisted alongside the archaeological site of Ererouyk and village of Ani Pemza, Armenia; the Palace of Justice in Brussels, Belgium; the Patarei Sea Fortress in Tallinn; Helsinki-Malmi Airport, Finland; the Colbert Swing Bridge in Dieppe, France; the castle in Divitz, Germany; Kampos of Chios, Greece; Venice Lagoon, Italy; Castle Rijswijk, the Netherlands; Y-block in Oslo, Norway; Valflores Palace and Estate, near Lisbon, Portugal; the convent of St Anthony of Padua, Extremadura, Spain; and the ancient city of Hasankeyf and its surroundings, Turkey.