Church Buildings

We can help you with maintaining, improving and developing your church building in a number of ways:

Spire offers a range services to help maintain, improve and develop church buildings.

Quinquennial Inspection Reports

Under the Inspection of Churches Measure 1955, each Diocese had to establish a framework for the inspection of, and a report on, parish churches and other consecrated buildings or those licensed for public worship.

Quinquennial Inspections are undertaken every five years and the Quinquennial Inspection Reports (QIR) are documents that describe the condition of the church. The QIR is designed to assist the Parochial Church Council (PCCs) in the care, repair and upkeep of their church buildings and environs, for which they are legally responsible. The report highlights work which is urgent and needed to be undertaken before the next inspection.

Amongst our team are;  Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) approved Surveyor David Lemon, who is currently responsible for over 130 churches across Norfolk and Suffolk and DAC approved architect and member of the DAC committee Iain Walker, who cares for 20.

The Church of England’s national guidance on appointing a QI architect can be found by clicking this link:

Architectural Services 

Spire has also undertaken a range development and conservation projects in Grade I and II* churches and historic buildings across East Anglia. We are able to assist with proposal drawings, measured surveys of the existing building, prepare specifications and schedule of works; we will also work with you on the expression of interest, advising on the funding available, obtaining competitive tenders for the various items of work and analysis to advise on the preferred tender.

In addition, our architectural technician Matt Ramsell, is able to provide 3D drawings, ensuring that your PCC is able to visualise your proposal.

Examples of projects undertaken can be found by clicking on the case studies below.

Spire case studies