The Britannia public house, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Dating from the 1790s and originally built as a house, The Britannia is an important survival from Southend’s early history. It is locally listed and makes a positive contribution to the Kursaal Conservation Area. Although altered, it retains much of its original character and fabric, including substantial areas of timber framing, and much of what has been lost could be reinstated, using readily available evidence. AHP prepared a Heritage Statement on behalf of a local building preservation trust which was leading opposition to a proposal to demolish the building and replace it with a four-storey block. Following submission of our report, the application was withdrawn, and the owner is now looking at a conservation-led scheme of development.