We maintain that the best way to prevent the rapid deterioration and ruin of our redundant buildings is to find a new use which can be accommodated without the need for major alteration or damage to the historic fabric.

New uses normally require planning permission and Listed Building Consent, though conversions are generally supported by statutory authorities where the previous use is no longer viable and the alternative is decay.

JABA converted the Old Gaol in Hexham into the Middlemarch Border History Museum, a former Roman Catholic church into the Bailiffgate Alnwick and District Museum, a former manse into an arts centre, and a derelict banqueting hall and former water mill into private residences.