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Planning a new farm building: 12 top tips

Tuesday 25th of March 2014

Planning a new farm building: 12 top tips

As the farming industry prepares for the Agricultural Building Show on 3rd April Farmers Guardian talked to Andrew Brown at Marley Eternit about the key decisions farmers should consider when planning a new building.  

His twelve top tips are listed below, and the full report can be found at:

The Agricultural Buildings Show is the definitive event for the sector, covering all faces of farm buildings, bringing together farmers and the trade under one roof to discuss the best possible solutions for farm businesses.

Come and find out more about building design from the experts on 3rd April from 9am to 4pm at The Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincolnshire LN2 2NA. Find out more at: 

Andrew Brown’s top 12 tips when planning a new farm building:


  1. Make sure you know what you need
  2. Think about the future – do you need a general purpose building or will it be needed for different uses
  3. Understand how long you think you’ll need it for
  4. Choose your site wisely
  5. Seek advice from specialists
  6. Weigh up all your options
  7. Ensure the appearance of your building is in keeping with its surroundings
  8. Don’t forget the project management aspects
  9. Check the CE markings
  10. Take advice from specialists on building design
  11. Roofing:  The decision you make on your choice of roofing not only impacts on the appearance of the building, it is also a key health and welfare consideration.
  12. Materials used in livestock buildings also need to be able to withstand damp and humid conditions. 

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