Our Customers Love Us!

Listed Buildings Insurance

Get a Quote

Get Quote

HomeProperty InsuranceListed Buildings InsuranceThatched

Thatched


Well the Olympics have come and gone, and I’ve been following closely what’s going to happen to the 0lympic park and the existing structures on the site now that the games have ended. We are all familiar with the term legacy but also the word preservation is starting to creep in to conversations and news reports. I’m sure most people agree with me that the Olympic park needs to be preserved in some format, and the permanent buildings, such as the stadium in my opinion have already become iconic, and it could be argued, already historically important to our national history. So are they worthy of listed building status and can structures that are only a few years old achieve a listing? Well in my opinion yes, let’s have a look at the criteria for listing.

“A building of special architectural or historic interest” Well, I certainly think the Olympic Stadium and the Velodrome are of architectural interest and can anyone argue that this whole site is not already of historic importance. These games will be talked about long in to the future, and I believe there will be people from all over the world who will want to visit the site to see where it all happened, these games and this location have had a profound effect on the lives of many people the world over.

Is there any precedent for listing modern buildings, well yes, It’s not just old buildings that are listed by the term modern we tend to mean post second world war and there are plenty of examples of buildings being listed after this date. The age and type of building suitable for listing has been refined over the years.

In 1987, a new system was introduced which allowed the period of eligibility to be dynamic. This system became known as the thirty year rule and allowed any building begun over 30 years ago to be considered eligible for listing. At the same time, a ten year rule was introduced which allowed for very modern buildings, to be considered for listing provided that they satisfied a number of criteria (basically they had to be threatened with demolition or alteration and had to be an outstanding example at Grade 1 or Grade 2 level). The Willis Faber Insurance Building situated in Ipswich is a good example as this was only constructed in 1972.

Another example and of course one very well known to those of us working in the property insurance industry is that of the Lloyds of London Insurance Building which was granted Grade 1 status on 19th December 2011. No description of this building is necessary as almost everyone even outside of the insurance industry is aware of its inside out design, and it forms a focal point for the City of London.

There are lots of other examples of post war buildings achieving listed status from former factories to housing estates. The depth of breath of the listing’s does not always set out to champion excellence in building techniques, far from it, English Heritage are seeking to preserve snapshots of important times in our islands history.

So my argument is, if we have successfully introduced a 30 year rule and a 10 year rule, and on the basis we are experiencing a year that will go down in history as unparalleled, should we not be seeking to introduce, even as a temporary measure a 2 year rule to ensure that these Olympic buildings that have helped form so many treasured memories for all of us are themselves preserved for the nation by being awarded listed building status.

At Assetsure, we will endeavour to be able to offer insurance quotations for listed buildings of any age or description.

Latest News & Advice

Tower Of London

Tower Of London

The Tower of London is London’s top visitor attraction and is classified as a Grade 1 listed building, it is officially Her Majesty’s Palace and Fortress and no visit to the capital is complete without a visit to this historic place...

Science Museum

Science Museum

The science museum is situated on Exhibition Road in South Kensington in London. It is an immensely popular building and no family trip to the capital is complete without a visit to view displays spanning 300 years of technological advancement...

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is located in central London and is another fine example of a Grade 1 listed building and is considered to be one of the great Victorian museums of the 19th century...

Why choose our specialist insurance cover?

Artboard 2 copy 18

Home Insurance from Assetsure icon-thin-chevron-down

Our Home Insurance can provide cover for your Buildings, Contents and Personal Effects. Monthly payments available

Artboard 2 copy 20

Legal Assistance as Standard icon-thin-chevron-down

All our policies include Legal assistance as standard up to £50,000 This offer Legal protection for problems relating to employment, contracts, property and personal injury etc.

Artboard 2 copy 21

Home Emergency as Standard icon-thin-chevron-down

All our policies cover Home Emergency as standard up to £500. this offers protection against unexpected events such as the failure of your main heating system, blockage of drains or failure of your domestic gas or electricity supply

Artboard 2 copy 22

£1,000,000 Cover for Buildings icon-thin-chevron-down

We automatically provide you with £1,000,000 cover for rebuilding cost of your property, ideal if you are unsure of your re-building cost.

Artboard 2 copy 17

Excellent service offered icon-thin-chevron-down

We like to offer all our customers a first class service, which is backed up by our Trust pilot ratings. We are open 7 days a week to assist you with your enquiries.

icon-lloyds_of_london

Lloyd's of London coverholders icon-thin-chevron-down

We hold prestigious Lloyd’s of London cover holder status where most of our policies are underwritten. We also place business with major UK insurers