Looking to the Future, Caring for the Past
We pride ourselves in working in partnership with churches to provide solutions that meet the needs of the church, while carefully considering its historic significance.
As christians, actively involved in a local church, we fully understand the needs of a church community and the many uses required of the church building. This may be something as small as improving access, providing toilets, or adding kitchen facilities to cater for refreshments or events. On the other hand, your vision may involve further expansion to offer more space for meetings, creche or Sunday school, office, or a more flexible area to meet the demands of the varied activities you undertake as a church.
We have a good working relationship with many relevent organisations including the DAC, Historic England, The Victorian Society, and SPAB. We can help develop a scheme with you that will meet your requirements, and gain the necessary approvals and permissions. If you don't have a favoured builder, we can recommend one from our network of trusted contractors.
If you need a Quadrennial or Quinquennial Inspection, roof report or general maintenance to your building, we have the expertise and experience to produce these reports for you, and advice you on any repairs and maintenance that may need to be carried out.
Why Employ an Architect?
The Church of England requires a church to undergo an inspection every five years, carried out by an Architect on the DAC approved list. Depending on the findings of these inspections, you may wish the Architect to oversee any repairs or maintenance that are required. Architects with the right experience will be able to ensure repairs are carried out to a high standard, using the correct materials. Christian Randall is a DAC approved Architect who has been working with churches for nearly 20 years. He is currently the Church Architect for many churches in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire.
For most projects, an Architect will guide you through the process involved, and project manage the job from start to completion. Conservation Architects LLP uses the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 as a guideline for running a project. The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 comprises eight work stages, each with clear boundaries, and details the tasks and outputs required at each stage.
Drawing on our years of experience, it is our policy to work closely with a church building committee or PCC, ensuring that they know what is expected at each work stage and what fees are applicable, thereby avoiding any un-warranted expenses.
What Do We Expect from You?
We work in partnership with churches and for that to work effectively we need some input from you.
Vision and enthusiasm - you are about to embark on a project that will affect your church community for years to come. Before speaking to an Architect you need an idea of what you want to achieve - we can then work together to explore how we can successfully achieve it. This is your space and it is of utmost importance to us that your needs are met as fully as possible.
Have you started your Statements of Significance and Need? These are key documents that will form the basis of your project. Guidance on working on these can be found here on the ChurchCare website.
Point of contact - this would normally be a representative of the building committee or PCC. A clear point of contact guarantees that all information is shared among relevant parties, allowing the project to run smoothly.