Sunderland Holy Trinity

The Durham Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is inviting design professionals to submit their interest in respect of providing fees for a design and project management service on a repair and reinstatement works proposal to the damaged churchyard wall to the former church of Sunderland Holy Trinity, in Sunderland.

A section of the west churchyard wall, railings and gate piers (grade II listed) suffered vehicular damage in 2020 and, following settlement of an insurance claim, the DBF seeks to appoint an experienced design professional to promptly design and oversee a like-for-like repair and rebuild according to the requirements of faculty jurisdiction.  

The DBF is seeking a RIBA architect, or RICS surveyor, to provide a full design package for repair and reinstatement, to provide and manage estimated costs and contractor appointment and payment, to undertake inspection of construction and to provide sign-off at practical completion.

A simple design brief and supporting documents can be viewed below. Please contact Buildings for Mission Secretary, Mr Dan Spraggon, for a discussion and to submit interest by 3pm, Tuesday 5 Aprilchurches@durham.anglican.org tel: 01388 660001.

The DBF will invite the preferred design professional for initial design conversation to discuss and agree the professional services fee, the final design brief, and the scope and budget estimated cost of works, before seeking to enter into contracts for engagement.

The Brief

Durham Diocese invites design professionals (RIBA architect or RICS surveyor) to submit fee in respect of professional design and management services for a works scheme to undertake like-for-like reinstatement and rebuild of section of demolished churchyard wall, gatepiers and railings caused by vehicular accident in June 2020.

The appointed professional will be tasked with providing and overseeing: a full design package, estimated fees, contractor tender/appointment with JCT minor works contract, project management (including site inspection) and provision of certificate of practical completion.

The property: West churchyard wall, gatepiers and railings to the former church of Sunderland Holy Trinity, SR1 2BB.

Listing: Grade II.

The client: Durham Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF).

Project requirement: Designing and overseeing the like-for-like reinstatement and rebuild of a section of demolished churchyard brick and sandstone wall, gatepiers and iron railings caused by vehicular accident in June 2020.

Details: The former church building of Holy Trinity (Grade I)  is currently vested in The Churches Conservation Trust who have recently completed a prestigious renovation of this key Georgian civic asset. The CCT occupies and manages the site. The churchyard and curtilage boundary walls are not vested in the CCT but are in the ownership of the Parish of Hendon. The DBF is here acting as sole client on behalf of the Parish and will liaise fully with both CCT and Parish concerning the proposed works programme. Following the damage caused by lorry collision in June 2020, DBF has received a full settlement from insurers and seeks the prompt and professional progression of design services and a works programme to ensure the appropriate and like-for-like reinstatement. Original fabric displaced from the collision (stone masonry piers and iron railings) have been retained in temporary storage. Other loose material (brickwork and broken stone copings) have been removed and secure and temporary hoarding is currently in place.

The DBF seeks the prompt and professional design and project management on a like-for-like repair and reinstatement works proposal. An appropriate repair and reinstatement proposal will require the support of the Durham Diocesan Advisory Committee and to meet fully with the requirements of faculty jurisdiction prior to the commencement of works. (Listed building consent is not required by Sunderland City Council.) The appointed design professional must therefore be able to demonstrate experience of delivering professional design and management services for repair projects in similar ecclesiastical and heritage settings.

The appointed professional will be responsible for undertaking all survey work, providing design package (plan, elevation and detail drawings, schedule of works and specification), contractor appointment, inspecting building works to ensure quality assurance and for ensuring CDM Regulations are fully complied with.

Supporting Documents: The following supporting documents are provided:

Next Steps: Following discussion and submission of estimated design fees, DBF will seek to have initial design conversation/meeting with the preferred professional to agree the professional services fee, the final design brief, and the scope and budget estimated cost of works, before seeking to enter into RIBA Concise Professional Services & RIBA Principal Designer Professional Services contracts.

For a discussion and further information, or to submit your interest by 3pm, Tuesday 5 April, please contact Buildings for Mission Secretary, Mr Dan Spraggon, Durham Diocesan Board of Finance: churches@durham.anglican.org tel: 01388 660001.

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