CSN can produce bespoke Quinquennial Surveys and Reports in relation to Church buildings, Chapels and other places of worship to ascertain the necessary maintenance works to individual properties. These reports can be tailored to the exact requirements of the Diocese or Managing Trustees.

The Quinquennial Survey involves a comprehensive inspection, the preparation of a condition report and recommendations for maintenance and repair together with budgets costs on a 5 year rolling programme.

This can also incorporate the preparation of measured drawings, Planned Maintenance Programmes or Development Plans if required.

The Survey Report

The survey report accurately identifies problems, draws realistic conclusions and makes practical recommendations without overstating the extent or urgency of repair works required.

Recommendations for works are given on a priority scale to highlight prioritisation of works whilst other considerations are given for grouping works which could be undertaken concurrently to reduce cost. Our budget costs also allow the Managing Trustees to formulate a cost plan and cash flow analysis for any future repairs.

Essential Asset Management Considerations are also given which may constitute a safety hazard, significant risk to the building fabric or its contents together with disability access improvements.

Stockton Methodist Circuit

The Stockton Property Circuit appointed us to carry out Quinquennial Surveys of all their churches, chapels and manses.

Photographs below show some examples in age and style of churches surveyed

Yarm Church

Yarm Church

South Billingham Church

South Billingham Church

Hartburn Church

Hartburn Church

Thornaby Church

Thornaby Church

CSN were approached by Mrs Sylvia Walters, the Project Co-ordinator of St Patrick’s Hall Management Committee in late 2006 to produce a Feasibility Study for the final phase of redevelopment of the Church Hall which included providing a new IT Learning and Language Suite, a new Music Practice Suite, improved space for the thriving existing Youth Club along with the provision of extended and refurbished toilet facilities, a wheelchair platform lift and a new entrance lobby.

This Feasibility Study enabled the Hall Management Committee to be successful in the first stage of an application for funding from the Big Lottery Fund and they were subsequently awarded a Development Grant to progress the application further. (See link)

St Patrick's Hall

St Patrick's Hall

CSN then produced a Capital Project Delivery Plan as required by the Big Lottery Fund which in conjunction with a Business Plan prepared by the Hall Management Committee was successful ahead of over 1000 similar applications in obtaining just under £100,000 worth of funding from the Big Lottery Fund from a pot of funding available under the Community Buildings programme.The Big Lottery Fund subsequently gave praise for quality of the submission from the Hall Management Committee and in particular the exceptional quality of the Capital Project Delivery Plan prepared by Mark Mulhern of our Washington Office and this quality was key to the success of the funding application as it demonstrated the strong need for the redevelopment and the professional and structured manner which the proposed project would be executed through to completion.

CSN are delighted to have been of assistance to the Hall Management Committee and look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with the Committee even further to deliver the project.

Since funding was obtained, CSN have subsequently obtained Planning Permission for the striking new Entrance Lobby and are now underway with preparing the full design package for the alteration and refurbishment project.