“Dear Josh,

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.

Best Wishes,

Graeme Slocombe
Wycombe Deanery
Lay Chair”

 

“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.

Church Steward”

“INSPECTION OF CHURCHES MEASURE”

Within the Church of England, every church building must be inspected by a recommended Church Architect or Surveyor. This professional will have been approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC). The Church 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 specialist work on historic buildings. The Church Architect will then carry out the Quinquennial Inspection as part of the “Inspection of Churches Measure” (1955, 1991), upon a PCC inviting them 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.
This regular system of review is designed to ensure that parish church buildings are kept in good repair. The importance of these regular quinquennial inspections being undertaken by architects and surveyors who understand the conservation and repair of historic buildings is very important; potential improvements can be recommended which will assist the congregation both financially and in terms of goals, and delays or incorrectly identifying problems will have costly ramifications.

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Quinquennial Inspection, Grade 1 Listed Building

QUINQUENNIAL INSPECTIONS

This regular system of review is designed to ensure that parish church buildings are kept in good repair. The importance of these regular quinquennial inspections being undertaken by architects and surveyors who understand the conservation and repair of historic buildings is very important; potential improvements can be recommended which will assist the congregation both financially and in terms of goals, and delays or incorrectly identifying problems will have costly ramifications.

Cohanim Architecture builds and maintains professional, yet personal relationships with many church congregations inside the Diocese of Oxford and beyond. We have a deep passion for looking after our countries built environment. We also enjoy working together with those who are fortunate in still actively using these ancient landmarks today.

Experience

Our experience spans some of the most prestigious listed buildings found within the United Kingdom. We have successfully negotiated with The National Trust, English Heritage, local authorities and ecclesiastical groups in favour of our church clients, and actively build and maintain good relationships with significant authorities.

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)

We carry a professional indemnity insurance policy of over £2,000,000.00.

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CHURCH GRANT APPLICATION HELP

We are very familiar with what can be a disheartening process when creating and submitting grant applications for church building works. They are often in need of repairs and the congregation does not have sufficient funds. We regularly take on and complete this time-consuming work pro-bono for our clients as it forms but a small part of the larger commission for us. Several churches find this offer very helpful, it allows them to get the process started as an overstretched congregation.