Quinquennial Surveys

All consecrated buildings such as churches / ecclesiastical properties must, by law, be inspected once in every five years by a Chartered Building Surveyor or an architect. Lea Hough’s team are able to undertake such inspections, known as Quinquennial Surveys, Quinquennial Reports or Quinquennial Inspections, providing a thorough, professional service.

What does a Quinquennial Survey involve?

A Quinquennial Survey is a thorough survey of all aspects of a building’s fabric. This involves a visit to the site by a Chartered Building Surveyor, followed by the production of a detailed a written report. The report will cover the condition of the external structure and fabric, internal condition and finishes, services and external grounds.

The report will help to establish priorities and costs for repair, to help manage the preservation of each building. This allows for the accurate planning and scheduling of works in an order and manner that will be the most cost-efficient and beneficial for the building’s future maintenance.

Our reports are clearly written to allow for easy interpretation of the information, and the Chartered Surveyor that undertakes the survey can be contacted by the Managing Trustees to discuss the findings of the report as necessary.

What is the purpose of a Quinquennial Survey?

The main purpose of a Quinquennial Survey is to identify problems that have developed or worsened since the previous inspection, we predict budget costings for repair work, and we establish the priorities for maintenance and repair over the next five year period.

Recommendations are made to help ensure that maintenance and repair works are carried out in a timely manner and to an acceptable standard.

Due to their nature, many religious buildings are heritage buildings and it is therefore a benefit to appoint a Surveyor who has suitable training and experience in dealing with older properties. This is especially the case if the building is Listed (Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II in England & Wales or Grade A, Grade B or Grade C in Scotland), locally Listed or of local significance (included on a Local Authority register or similar) or located in a Conservation Area.

Lea Hough’s team offer a broad range of services and in addition to the Quinquennial Survey Report itself, we can also be appointed to prepare a specification of works, to invite tenders and to inspect work in progress, and provide a full project management of works.

For more information or to contact a member of our team to discuss having a Quinquennial Survey undertaken, please get in touch.

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Paul Drake
Chartered Building Surveyor
01254 260196
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Preston Office
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