Please note that as of 2018 Joshua Harrison does not carry out Quinquennial Inspections within the Diocese of Oxford.
Just a line to congratulate you on the quinquennial inspection report you produced for St Lawrence, West Wycombe, it’s a great piece of work. Thank you for dropping off a copy.
“I’m sure I speak for all of us in the parish when I say a Huge Thankyou for your presentation of the results of the Quinquennial inspection!
You put it all into context so clearly, […] the report is presented beautifully in the bound copy with painstaking detail and we are so grateful that our precious buildings are in such safe hands and the care of someone who knows and loves the area as we all do.
Within the Church of England, every church building must be inspected by a recommended ‘Inspecting Architect’. This professional will have been approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC). The Inspecting Architect is approved by the relevant diocese upon careful review of their work and experience with historic buildings on the basis of the professional being deemed competent for this type of specialist work on historic buildings. The professional will then carry out the Quinquennial Inspection as part of the “Inspection of Churches Measure” (1955, 1991), upon a PCC inviting them to do so by appointment. A Quinquennial Inspection is a detailed report (often presented as a bound book) which covers the condition of the building, defects, potential areas for improvement, architectural considerations in outline and many other elements – this is handed to the church congregation, the deanery and the diocese. The report contents vary on a project by project basis.
You may find our public listing here underneath “Professionals” on the “last updated May 2016” list.*
* This no longer applies and we do not work with churches within the Diocese of Oxford in this capacity as of 2018.