Developing Church Buildings
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Supporting over 16,000 cathedral and church buildings of The Church of England

Developing Church Buildings

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, ChristChurch, Spitalfields, London

The Church Buildings Council partnered with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view hold an interactive workshop on Tuesday 12 July 2016, 10am to 4pm at Christ Church Spitalfields, London.

We were honoured with a visit to the morning session by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.


Participant Programme

Ben Bolgar: Developing Your Project in Context

Nicolas Jenni: Project Planning & Commissioning Presentation

Nicolas Jenni: helpful handouts

Strategic Plan Top Tips for Brief Millstone or Springboard Healthcheck Project Route Map
What are the Stages? RIBA Plan of Work Template 2013 Gantt Template Your Stakeholder Map
Generic Stakeholder Map Client Team Procurement Procurement: Contracts
Procurement: Choosing an Architect Procurement: Design Team Communication Plan Brave New World
Asset Management Plan Risk Management Permission Decision Tree Friends Scheme
Using a Budgeting Template  Budget Template    


Outline of the day 

Attracting participation from DAC members, historic church buildings support officers, clergy church wardens and PCC members, this event was free to all participants thanks to the generous support of Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Churches are key to a sense of place, and it is crucial to plan church developments effectively to meet the needs of the church and community. Developing church buildings: principles & practice provided tools and case studies of how to plan to make sure your church offers what the local community needs and supports the mission of the church. With speakers from The Prince's Foundation, conservation and church architects, sessions on bigger picture strategic thinking through to engaging communities in delivering projects to make more effective tools for mission were presented.

This one day workshop included practical planning, using the Prince's Foundation's proven methods of how to relate to and understand your community, as well as advice on design principles and how to develop strategy. Participants met others who were also planning church building developments and used current case studies from around the country and from Christ Church, Spitalfields to learn how churches are tackling issues of development and sustainability.

With a special lunchtime reception, the day concluded with a chance to chat about id​eas further with drinks and an organ recital in the historic Spitalfields church.