Conservationists to try and salvage Beckenham Place Park
Conservationists are due to visit the remains of a Grade II listed building destroyed by fire, to see if any of it can be salvaged.
Restoration experts from English Heritage said they would be inspecting the Homesteads building in Beckenham Place Park within the next fortnight after it was ravaged by flames reaching some 50ft on July 2.
Lewisham police insist they are not treating the fire as suspicious despite the fire brigade investigation concluding it was arson.
The building has been out of use for around 10 years. Lewisham Council, which owns the two-storey building, said it had been boarded up but members of the Beckenham Place Park Community Trust believe there was a security risk.
Its chairman, David Hansom, said: “We had a meeting the day before the fire with the council and raised the issue of security.”
“We had been into the building and there were obvious attempts at fires. Anyone could get in there.
“It is such a terrible thing. The building was not at all secure. I’m 62 and would have no trouble getting in over the wall.”
An English Heritage spokesman said: “We will be doing a site visit in the next fortnight. Obviously, our prime interest is in how much of the original fabric has remained and we will be working with Lewisham to assess this.”
A Lewisham Council spokesperson said: “The council has taken immediate action to support and preserve the remaining structure.”