Simple suggestion leads to perfect finish

Author: Susan Martin

Published on: 2 December 2018

After receiving a donation, St Peter’s PCC embarked upon obtaining quotations from local Electrical Contractors for the renewal of their outdated heating installation and obtaining a Faculty.

It soon became apparent to the PCC that they had reached a stage where the members felt that they did not have the skills to bring the project to fruition and sought advice from Spire Property Consultants.

Following an initial site meeting with the preferred electrical contractor, Spire’s surveyor raised concerns about the number of surface run cables that would be affixed to the walls of St Peter’s particularly those crossing the imposts to the Tower arch which is of particular architectural significance. David Lemon suggested that these could be avoided if the electricity meter for the new 3 phase underground supply was re-sited within the base of the tower rather than in the South Porch.

Further improvements could also be made by burying some of the cables beneath floors and concealing others behind cornice rails to make them less obtrusive. These recommendations were accepted by the PCC who in turn appointed Spire Property Consultants to move the project forward and project manage the work. The works commenced in September 2018, and hopefully will be completed in time for the Christmas Services.

David Lemon (a Chartered Surveyor with Spire Property Consultants) currently acts as Quinquennial Surveyor to 120 churches on behalf of PCCs, Diocese of Norwich Churches Trust, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and Diocese of Ely.

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Susan Martin

Diocesan Board of Finance Executive Committee Member

Diocesan House
109 Dereham Road

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