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Guidance

The Church Buildings Council (CBC) is the advisory body on church buildings for the Church of England.

The CBC works with and advises churches and Dioceses on care, conservation and development of church buildings, and works with the Government to advise on policies that affect church buildings.

The Council provides the ChurchCare webpages, which have a helpful step-by-step project guide to making changes to your building as well as guidance notes on a wide range of topics relating to the maintenance and alteration of church buildings and churchyards.

Topics include:

Consultants, contractors, and suppliers

Parishes often ask the DAC to suggest suitable contractors, consultants, or suppliers. Apart from professionals who are suitable to be Quinquennial Inspectors, the DAC is unable to make such specific recommendations.
Depending on the type of work and whether your building is listed, parishes may find it helpful to consult some or all the following accredited registers or online advertisers’ directories listed below.

Your Archdeacon’s PA may also be able to provide some details of companies which have been recommended by other local churches.

Parish buying

Parish Buyingparishbuying.org.uk

A procurement/bulk-buying service provided by the Church of England (and delivered under contract by 2buy2).

Professional trades, suppliers, and contractors

Maintenance Booker maintenancebooker.org.uk

Contractors accredited by the National Churches Trust/2buy2, who provide miscellaneous maintenance services.

National Churches Trust nationalchurchestrust.org/building-advice/professional-trades-directory

Advertisers’ directory for professional trades / suppliers relating to churches.

Ecclesiastical and Heritage World ecclesiasticalandheritageworld.co.uk/directory-1?

Advertisers’ directory for professional trades / suppliers relating to churches and historic buildings.

Church Suppliers Directory cwponline.co.uk/church-suppliers-directory

Advertisers’ directory for professional trades / suppliers relating to churches.

Conservators and professional trades/suppliers (historic buildings)

Ecclesiastical and Heritage World
ecclesiasticalandheritageworld.co.uk/directory-1?

Advertisers’ directory for professional trades / suppliers relating to churches and historic buildings.

Conservation Register from the Institute of Conservation (ICON) conservationregister.com

Accredited conservators of historic buildings and objects.

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)ihbc.org.uk/resources_head/specialist_registers/index.html

Various accredited registers and advertisers’ directories for professional trades relating to historic buildings.

The Building Conservation Directory buildingconservation.com/directory/prodserv.php

Advertisers’ directory for professional trades / suppliers relating to historic buildings.

Recommendations from insurers

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) ecclesiastical.com/risk-management/preferred-suppliers

Directory of preferred suppliers as recommended by EIG.

Avivaaviva.co.uk/risksolutions/specialistpartners

Directory of specialist partners as recommended by Aviva.

Case studies

We hope you will find it helpful to look through some case studies from past issues of The Bridge, our Diocesan newspaper, as well as some national examples.

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