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Old School
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LBC Heritage Asset Statement

Post by Old School » Tue 8th Dec, 2020 2:36 pm

Hi there,

I have had to re register since I couldn't remember my login details. To recap leaky old school house in Cornwall, penetrating damp not solved by removal of cement pointing/render and rendering inside with lime, roof repairs or as last desperate resort silguard in worst area, all to no avail - we have now over the years moved out of that room about 5 times due to damp and black mould through worst winter months. Further masonry investigations resulted in the realisation that voids in the masonry from years of neglect combined with poor quality stone (Killas mudstone in particular) and some stone not full thickness to begin with (damn you Victorian builders) led to a further advice mtg with CO to discuss possible more radical remedial action, tile hanging was sadly discounted due to the detailing of the building (lack of overhang, granite mullion windows, vents) to cut a long story short we have decided that a bag rub render with mineral paint treatment is the route we will go since the stonework will still be able to be read, CO seemed very open to this. CO requested a Heritage Asset Statement with timeline as part of LBC application. After 8 years of dealing with this and other renovations and three remortgages later I feel I can write this to a fairly good standard but I just wanted to seek advice that realistically if my HAS is not obviously authored by a building conservation specialist/professional is my LBC application in jeopardy of being turned down? I have only admittedly had one quote for the production of the HAS but that was between 400 - 600 quid and to be honest that could be better spent ...well on lime render! Any advice very gratefully received. I should say that I've written the previous two LBC with success but those works were remedial and pretty non contentious.

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Re: LBC Heritage Asset Statement

Post by MatthewC » Wed 9th Dec, 2020 2:25 pm

Well, if you used to have a different ID, I guess this isn't a "welcome to the forum"!

I have often wondered about the effectiveness of the usual lime mortar/breathability responses on houses in Cornwall. Having spent two years there on Her Majesty's service (a long time ago), I know that the standard is to render modern properties; a brick finished house was a rarity. This surely says something about the sort of weather to be expected as routine - I think we were warned about the "40 mph fog" and "horizontal rain" in particular. Just a thought - you don't have a high ground level around your house, do you?

As regards your question, my CO (that's Conservation Officer, not Commanding Officer!) actually had a dislike of professionals getting involved! This applied especially to architects and surveyors, but I only discovered it after a number of poor responses. It could well be that your CO may have a positive view, a negative view or no view at all about using a professional to write the HAS. A reasonable person would judge on the content, not the profession of the author. I'd suggest that if your other applications were successful you must have the skills to do it so save your money.

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Re: LBC Heritage Asset Statement

Post by Old School » Fri 11th Dec, 2020 10:24 am

Thank you Matthew
It's a difficult one, my instinct is to harl it and have done with it but i can't see that getting through it's such a radical change to a very visible building in the village we may have to try bag rub/mineral paint and if that doesn't work then harl it. there are very definite benefits to lime in Cornwall in that the walls do dry out a lot better than they would/did when it had cement pointing and blackjack coated render on the inside and we have moved on from the need for buckets collecting water inside! I'll crack on and write it myself and see what happens.

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