Listed Building Ownership

You may or may not have already discovered that owning, maintaining and improving a Listed Building can be a minefield without professional help and advice!

Knowing what you can and can’t do without Listed Building Consent is a frequently discussed dilemma.


Based on many years of experience and ongoing training, we are here to offer you a guiding hand throughout your Listed Building ownership, so you can make the right decisions for you and your property.

Feel free to pick up the phone for an informal chat about your property….or the one you are thinking of buying!!

Listed Building Insurance Work

In addition to the services you will find in the menu, Olde English also takes on insurance work related to Listed Buildings and Period Properties. This specialist field is dealt with by one of the Directors.

The most common type of insurance work we have carried out is water damage repairs. One example was a shower waste leak in a badly ventilated part timber part concrete ground floor of a Grade 2 Listed Barn Conversion which led to a dry rot outbreak. This was compounded by a slow initial response by the insurance company before we were instructed, which let the dry rot work its way further across the building. Several rooms had to be gutted back to the structure, affected timbers cut out, and remaining ones treated before complete reinstatement of the related floor and wall structure and finishes including replacing the bathroom to a high standard and replacing affected bespoke cabinetry.

As well as Project Managing the stripping out and repairs from start to finish, we helped arrange professional storage of the clients antique belongings, and recommended the owners spoke to their insurance company about covering the cost of moving out for a period of time and any other related unexpected costs.

Good insurance policies should allow you to get on with your daily routine with minimal disruption, and let the professionals take the stress out of it for you. This is a journey that requires careful navigation. Think twice before you accept the cheapest insurance quote or settlement figure.

We tend to achieve the best results for clients when we are contacted very early on in the insurance claim process, ideally on discovery of the problem, so you can draw on our experience for the most thorough and hassle free approach.


Please see below a Grade 2 Listed 17th century farm house which we repaired, restored, and improved for a private client.

The project was project managed by us on a full turnkey basis and included various repairs, rewiring, replumbing, plastering, decorating, kitchen, bespoke cabinetry, flooring, and all related trades.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your project.

Our Services

Oak Cart Lodges & Timber Garages


Garden Rooms & Extensions


Home Offices & Garden Buildings


Essex Barn Conversions


Listed Building Repairs & Improvements


Sole Plate Repairs, Lime Rendering & Breathable Paint