Quinquennial Inspections

QUINQUENNIAL INSPECTION OF CHURCHES

Introduction

The Constitution of the Church in Wales requires the Diocesan Board of Finance to provide a scheme whereby every church in the Diocese shall be inspected at least once in every five years by a qualified architect or surveyor.

Method

The Secretary of the Diocesan Board of Finance (the Secretary) shall maintain a programme of inspection and a list of approved inspectors. When a church becomes due for inspection he will send a list of inspectors to the Churchwardens.

Churchwardens, in consultation with the incumbent, shall select an inspector from the list and notify the secretary of their choice. Should the Churchwardens wish the inspection carried out by a person not on the list they are to provide the Secretary with that person’s name and address and qualifications together with the reason for their choice. Such a person, if qualified, may at the discretion of the D.B.F. be added to the list.

The Secretary shall invite the agreed inspector to undertake the task. All administrative details as to date, time, etc. shall be arranged between the Inspector and the Parish. The inspection shall be done within the specified calendar year.

The D.B.F. will pay the professional fee and reasonable disbursements of the approved inspector. All other costs governing the inspection including the provision of ladders and scaffolding where necessary shall be the responsibility of the Parish.

Nothing on this scheme shall preclude Churchwardens from arranging such additional inspections as they deem necessary, but such inspections shall not be a charge to the D.B.F.

Instructions to Inspectors

The inspector is required to produce a report covering the following points and to send copies to the Incumbent, Churchwardens, Archdeacon, and the Diocesan Board of Finance (D.B.F)

  1. Brief description of the building.
  2. Notable Features not mentioned in the existing terrier.
  3. General condition of the fabric:-
    (a) Structural condition, settlements etc; (b) Walls and finishes; (c) Tower and spire; (d) Roof – including structure and finishings; (e) Rainwater disposal system; (f) Glazing; (g) Ventilation; (h) Floors including finishes; (i) Fixtures and furnishings (including organ casing/support); *(j) Heating; *(k) Electrical and gas installation; (l) Lighting conductor; (m) Boundary walls and gates; (n) Bells, frames and ropes; (o) Sanitary ware and plumbing; (p) Foul surface water drainage; (q) Footpaths, steps, lighting of grounds, trees; (r) Ease of access for disabled.*- A full report on the condition of the electrical installations by a qualified electrical engineer, to include an installation test, and with recommendations. This is to be commissioned by the inspector and included and bound into the main report.
  4. Urgent repairs to be brought to the attention of the attending PCC official during the inspection.
  5. Immediate repairs and approximate cost.
  6. The report must highlight any/all areas where further insepction in closer of greater detail appears necessary.
  7. A programme of repairs giving target dates for completion.
  8. Recommendations for the care of the building with particular note to regular preventative maintenance.
  9. Recommendations for any specialist attention other than (l) and (m).
  10. Recommendation as to the control of asbestos-identification, management of risks (with reference to the Control of Asbestos Regulations)