The 1200-year heritage of the Palace risks being lost. Its buildings have been neglected for years and have fallen into disrepair – parts at risk of imminent collapse. Various groups have sought to save the Palace in the recent past – it reached the final of the BBC’s ‘Restoration’ series in 2004 and a subsequent attempt in 2008 failed through the global financial crisis and potential Heritage Lottery Grant funding being diverted to fund the 2012 Olympics. The Palace’s condition is now critical. The current owner has indicated their willingness to sell and we believe it’s now or never.