Church Inspections and Survey

Church Inspections and Survey

St Mary’s , Aldermaston

February 2018 has seen Acanthus Clews, the newly appointed Conservation Architects for Project St Marys, undertake the Quinquennial inspections for both churchs in the parish: St Mary’s, Aldermaston and St. Nicholas, Wasing.

St Nicholas' Church, Wasing

St Nicholas, Wasing


The AC team was lead by Camilla Finlay B Arch (Hons), Dip Arch, M Arch, RIBA, AABC, a Director at Acanthus Clews and was their first engagement with St Marys. The reports are eagerly await by the Project Team and the buildings committee of Aldermaston & Wasing Parochial Church Council.

Quinquennial inspections are required for Churches every five years, as is obvious from their name, and provide church councils with information on the on-going care and maintenance required for their buildings.

More information on Quinqennial Inspections can be found on the Church of England’s ChurchCare website

Also this month David Spragg of Acanthus Clews helped us select Global Surveys of Northampton to undertake a Measured Building Survey. This survey was undertaken over two days on 15th/16th February. The resulting diagrams and drawings from this survey will be taken along with the Topographical Survey from 2014 to provide the base documentation about the church structure and graveyard topography for the formulation of project plans, planning approvals and the engagement of further specialists.

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Appointment of Conservation Architect

Appointment of Conservation Architect

Conservation Architects for Project St. Mary’s

Conservation Architect's officeIn December 2017, the Project team held two days of interviews for the position of Conservation Architect on Project St Mary’s.

A Conservation Architect acts as the lead professional on a project advising the project team on design, restoration and renovation. They bring in the appropriate specialists as required  and they overseeing work by sub-contractors and specialists.

In addition to being the Conservation Architect the successful candidate will be appointed as Quinquennial Architects for the churches of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermaston and St. Nicholas, Wasing.

Acanthus Clews ArchitectsThe team from Acanthus Clews of Banbury were selected from a shortlist of four excellent candidate firms. It was felt that Acanthus Clews bring the right level of experience and knowledge that will enable Project St. Mary’s to be successful. More information on Acanthus Clews can be found on their website.

Acanthus Clews Team for Project St. Mary’s  is:

– Camilla Finlay
– David Spragg
– Henry Sanders

The first task for Acanthus Clews will be the quinquennial inspections of the two churches in early 2018.

A kick off meeting will follow with the Project Team. This will build rapport and to start the processes to develop the case for the first round of funding, but more of this later …

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