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Quinquennial Inspection

Most churches and chapels in Britain are inspected ‘quinquennially’, that is to say every five years. The Church of England introduced quinquennial inspections as a statutory requirement in 1955 through The Inspection of Churches Measure, and dioceses are required to maintain a fund to pay for them. Most other denominations and many secular organisations which are responsible for historic buildings now adopt a similar approach to inspections.

Quinquennial inspections involve a thorough survey of all aspects of a building’s fabric and are intended to identify problems which have developed since the last time it was inspected and to establish priorities for repair to ensure the preservation of the fabric. Quinquennial inspections are generally frequent enough to catch problems before significant damage occurs.

The students undertake the exercise on a church building selected by the course in conjunction with the inspecting architect. This involves a day of inspection on site, with the resultant report following established methodology.

Once mastered, the methods used to undertake ecclesiastical quinquennial inspections can be transferred to historic buildings of any type and age, making this an invaluable exercise in developing the skills of a conservation architect.

Notable previous submissions include:

IGHTAM 150605