There are an estimated 5.5 million traditional (pre 1919) buildings in England including more than 375,000 listed buildings and over 10,000 Conservation Areas. They tell our history, are critical to area regeneration, support economic vitality, provide employment and education, and promote well-being. However, less than 50% of heritage building owners know how long it would take to rebuild their property. The impacts of a major fire incident and health and safety are two of their biggest concerns.
For custodians of these buildings, there are some considerations to make to ensure the sustainability of these characterful, important buildings and ensure the most appropriate insurances are in place.
This article highlights three key factors for custodians to take into account.