Appointing a quinquennial inspector

PCCs should consult the following detailed Church of England guidance on quinquennial inspection (QI) surveys and reports, including the procurement and appointment of a quinquennial inspector:

That guidance includes advice on the qualifications and experience a person needs to carry out inspections – see particularly the boxed section (on page 2) called 'Criteria for appointing a suitable person to the role of inspector', which is reproduced below for ease of reference:

Criteria for appointing a suitable person to the role of inspector

  • Competent to inspect Major Churches (as defined by the Church Buildings Council), which includes what used to be Greater Churches: proven experience of working with such large and/or highly significant and complex church buildings is recommended, at least at a junior level under a more experienced professional; and experience of working on Grade I or II* church buildings in a sole capacity. Relevant accreditation would normally be required, and always for professionals undertaking their first inspector role.
  • Competent to inspect Grade I or II* churches: proven experience of work in a sole capacity with listed buildings; proven experience of work with such highly designated church buildings at least at a junior level under a more experienced professional; preferably experience in sole capacity. Relevant accreditation would normally be required, and always for professionals undertaking their first inspector role.
  • Competent to inspect Grade II churches: proven experience of work in a sole capacity with listed buildings; preferably experience of working with listed church buildings at least at a junior level under a more experienced professional. Relevant accreditation would normally be recommended, and always for professionals undertaking their first inspector role.
  • Competent to inspect unlisted churches: no specific prior experience expected, but evidence of supervision from an experienced professional with experience of church buildings is recommended. For certain buildings, evidence of experience of working with traditional materials may be required.
  • Given the recent call by General Synod for all parts of the Church to achieve year-on-year reductions in emissions, it would be valuable for the inspector to have proven experience of how heritage buildings can be made more environmentally sustainable. This might include suitable ways to reduce heat loss, different approaches to church heating, and the possibility of renewable energy generation.

It is important that a quinquennial inspector's training, accreditation (where necessary – see box above), and experience in building conservation is commensurate with the complexity and significance of the church building in question.

DAC register of inspectors

It is advisable that the PCC seeks at least 3 applications, through a formal competitive appointment process, when choosing a new quinquennial inspector or reviewing a current appointment. The DAC now maintains a register (rather than an 'approved list') with details of inspectors currently working in the diocese, from which the PCC can draw, or the PCC may wish to consider a new applicant not on that register:

An inspector, whether on the register or not, can only be appointed by the PCC following consultation with the DAC. As each application for DAC advice constitutes a particular combination of inspector and church building, advice is accordingly given on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that the appointment of a quinquennial inspector is:

  • always of an individual, not a firm
  • for one inspection and report in the first place

Application process

Prior to making an application for DAC advice, the PCC should complete the forms from Appendix 2 (page 10) of the Church of England guidance on the procurement and appraisal of an inspector. These have been extracted for ease of access, and can be downloaded as editable templates below.

The PCC should submit the following completed forms for DAC advice:

Please complete the following sections:

  • 'The tendering process for an inspector' form (page 1)
  • 'Assessment criteria and scoring' forms (page 2 onwards)

It is requested that the name of the church in question is added to these completed forms, to identify the request for advice.

Assessment criteria no. 2 (accreditation, skills and professional development) in the 'Assessment criteria and scoring' forms requires subsequent DAC input, but the PCC should address this section as fully as possible prior to submitting the application.

There are several conservation accreditation schemes, some of which have different levels. PCCs should ascertain themselves which appropriate schemes the professional is a member of, and at which level. The DAC can be of help to them in this regard. Please also see the Historic England guidance for further information on accreditation.

Applications for DAC advice on the proposed choice of quinquennial inspector will be considered by the DAC at one of its regular meetings – please note the agenda closing dates (submission dates) for these meetings.

The completed forms, and any relevant supporting documents (e.g. inspector's CV, previous QI reports), should be:

Appointment

Once appointed, the quinquennial inspector should confirm the details of their appointment (including fees) with the PCC in writing. It is recommended that the inspector completes the 'Draft letter of appointment' from Appendix 1 (page 8) of the Church of England guidance. This has been extracted for ease of access, and can be downloaded as an editable template:

Getting help...

For further information or advice, please contact:

Giles Standing, DAC Secretary
01543 622540 giles.standing@lichfield.anglican.org
or
Vacant, Assistant DAC Secretary


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