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    Useful life of an Atcost building

    We have two atcost sheds. Built before our time in the seventies I guess. The concrete uprights are spalling in a few places and our insurance co flagged this when a surveyor walked round a month or so ago.
    Anyone know a definitive life span advertised for these buildings originally. Were cattle sheds but now machinery and bale storage. Roofs asbestos / cement fibre? -would hate to have a theft or loss and find ins co arguing that they were not fit for purpose?
    Also what was the accepted footings? Concrete slab and pads?
    WH
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    Re: Useful life of an Atcost building

    Our Atcost cowhouse was put in in 1958, and still in good nick. We had a different brand of grain store in 1954, and the columns are now extremely dicey - but fortunately given up when we lost the tenancy of that farm. Apart from the Atcost roof, the whole of the cowhouse was built by directly employed farm builders.

    As it was in the late '60s, still good today

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    Re: Useful life of an Atcost building

    Would having a structural engineer come in and certify it safe satisfy the insurance co?

    (No idea what it would cost )

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    Re: Useful life of an Atcost building

    Well if they were new now they would be designed for a minimum design life of 20 years. I think this was the same in the 70's.

    This is not to say its not fit for purpose after 20 years just that it should be in a good state or repair after 20 years without major work being required.

    So with the appropriate maintenance if the main structure is in good condition it will last a lot longer than 20 year as in your case where it could easily be over 40 years, but you cant expect the structure to last forever.

    If you are asking the insurance company to insure the buildings contents from theft that will be quite different to insuring the building itself or the contents from damage due to a collapsed roof for example.

    You will find it hard I imagine to get a structural engineer to sign it off. If he does and says its good for 5 years what do you do in the 5 years time.

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    Re: Useful life of an Atcost building

    Atcost Buildings to my recollection Life expectancy 80 Years
    Not warrantied but I am fairly sure that was there Advert

    I expect to be shot to pieces now

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    Re: Useful life of an Atcost building

    Thanks for the input folks. All settled - seems they've seen much worse!
    Great to see the old black and white pic - those were the days. Plenty of improvement now, particularly if you continue to upkeep the place and keep kit and buildings in good condition.

    When I see pictures like that - I imagine the farmer (and his dad) wearing tweed jackets, shirts and ties and off to market once a week.

    WH

    Edit - must be subliminal - the guy in the pic has a tie on
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