Getting Started Guide
Before starting a building project, you will need to:
Know what your vision is for the building project (Full refurbishment, Internal reordering, Extension, Ancillary building?).
Start with the end in mind - even if you don't know how you're going to get there.
That bigger projects can be approached in phases as the money becomes available.
Key spaces to consider
Prayer rooms/meeting space
The vexed question of pews!
Form your project subcommittee.
Appoint your architect (when relevant this should go to tender).
Produce your design drawings – these are the ones to be used for planning.
Appoint your Contractor.
Decide between the Local Planning Authority Vs DAC.
You will need a Faculty for almost everything.
List A and B.
The DAC is your friend.
The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)
Advises the Chancellor of the Diocese.
Includes specialist advisors on technical, artistic and historical matters.
Clergy members advise on how proposals will affect the mission and ministry of the parish.
Archdeacons can represent the view of parishes at DAC meetings.
4 ways to make change
Things you can do without permission
Replacement ‘like for like’
Simple tree works
Pest control etc.
Things you can do with Archdeacon’s written permission
•Replacement ‘like for like’
•Simple tree works
•Pest control etc.
Things you can do under an Archdeacon’s licence for temporary minor re-ordering
Archdeacon’s License - Temporary Remodelling Order (TRO)
Any works must be ‘reversible’.
Signed off by the Archdeacon (PCC support).
Max period of 15 months.
Must be approved by DAC or removed.
The extent to which your archdeacon will sign these off can vary greatly.
Everything else requires full permission
The mechanism for granting permission for works and alterations to church buildings.
Normally in lieu of Listed Building Consent.
Granted by a judge – the Chancellor of the Diocese.
Usually requires the support of the DAC.
Things that need a Faculty
Anything altering the appearance of the church, internally or externally, including:
Installation of audio-visual equipment
Re-ordering of interior
Installation of ramps, WCs, permanent signage
Routine repairs costing over £10,000
Removal of fixtures (often historical)
Introduction of major new fixtures
External works may also require separate planning permission from Local Authority.
Works may require consultation with other outside bodies e.g.
20th Century Society
Your Architect will advise and lead on this.
Working With Consultees
There are basically only two consent givers.
All others, including DAC, are advisory.
If the Chancellor agrees with consultees it is because you have not justified your proposal in his opinion.
As part of overall diocese bid – mission focus.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.
Watch your cashflow.
Managing your project
Appoint your Architect.
Agree a scheme.
Appoint your Main Contractor.
Contracts - JCT
Who is the Client, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor?
It’s only a building!
Don’t let the existing configuration dictate.
Let your vision dictate how the space is used.
Consider reorienting the building.
Have a bold vision.
What will your congregation be in 5 -10years?
Expect growth and plan accordingly.
If you require further assistance, please contact Andrew Parsons.