Many tasks require specialist thought before they can be successfully undertaken in a church.
- Churchcare provides further information on working with an architect or surveyor.
- The Cumbria Church Architects and Surveyors Network (co-ordinated by CTfC) meets to update professionals on good practice, share information and network. Notes and presentations from previous meetings can be downloaded here:
Dec 2010: Programme, SPAB presentation 'Faculties without Fuss', meeting summary.
March 2011: Programme, Methodist Ecclesiastical Exemption- slides and notes, Quinquennial Inpections slides, Construction Design and Managment, Timber Treatments.
July 2011: Programme, meeting summary, Lightning Conductors by Geraldine O'Farrell, English Heritage.
Dec 2011: Programme, meeting summary, information provided by Clarke Health and Safety Consultants - Safety in Scaffolding presentation, Fire Safety in Constructon, TG20:08 Scaffolding Tool Box and the Nine Elements of Safe Scaffolding.
Sept 2012: Programme & meeting summary - Energy auditing - fitting in with QIs & renewable energy case studies
Finding architects, surveyors and other building professionals
Finding a builder and tradesmen
Your architect or surveyor will be able to advise on an appropriate process to find a suitably qualified builder at competitive price. The following organisations have registers of heritage qualified companies and individuals: Lead Contractors Association, National Heritage Ironwork Group and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.
For minor work, the use of local tradesmen may be the easiest and most cost effective solution. However it is vital that the methods and materials used are appropriate to the building, and as a minimum you should consult your quinquennial architect / surveyor before proceeding. Anything more than clearing the gutters or replacing a light bulb could cause damage to a historic church if methods or materials developed for modern buildings are inappropriately applied.
Procurement: for repair works that are to be funded by English Heritage, there is now a new requirement to tender for professional services. This is important so that you can choose the most appropriate architect/professional (who may not necessarily be the cheapest). Details can be found here.