Here's why Kevin McCloud backs calls for a 'Grade III' listed building status

Kevin McCloud outside a new build home
Kevin McCloud, who has called for Grade III building status, seen outside a home in an episode of Channel 4 television show Grand Designs (Image credit: Channel 4)

Kevin McCloud has backed calls for a new Grade III listed building status to protect sound buildings from being demolished.

The Grand Designs host said it could only be a "good thing" for a switch to ensuring buildings are reused rather than knocked down to make way for entirely new structures. He pointed out the benefits to the environment and called some demolition "creative laziness".

Amy Willis
Web Editor

Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.