Diocese of Manchester

The Property Department is responsible for the inspection, repair and maintenance, acquisition and disposal of the diocesan housing stock.

Every year we are responsible for about 285 clergy houses, carrying out 54 quinquennial inspections. The Department has completed major improvements on many parsonages and provided advice to  occupiers on property-related matters.

Through an ongoing programme of improvement, the vast majority of vicarages now have loft and cavity insulation, as well as energy-efficient boilers. We strive to keep maintenance costs down, and encourage competitive tendering to achieve this. Contractors work to a Code of Practice and we monitor their work carefully.

Visit the Emergencies page for contact details of contractors if emergency repairs are required.

A parsonage

Inspection and maintenance of houses

The Property department is responsible for the inspection of the diocesan houses, including the external fabric of roofs, walls, windows and doors. Internally we maintain the structure, and building services including heating, water and electrical services.

Working within strict budgetary constraints, every effort is made to ensure our properties are kept in a good state of repair. Ongoing maintenance includes an annual gas safety inspection and quinquennial electrical inspection. The refurbishment and improvement of houses is, whenever possible, undertaken during vacancies, and is organised in conjunction with the incoming occupants and churchwardens. Vacancies Handbook.

Who can help?

Mr Darren Bamford

Mr Darren Bamford

Diocesan Surveyor

Address: Support Services,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

Clergy property management and surveying

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Mr Richard Salisbury

Mr Richard Salisbury

Buildings Officer

Address: Support Services,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

Parsonage reactive maintenance and repairs
Quinquennial surveys on clergy properties

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In an emergency

Contact details for people who can help if you have an emergency at your property.

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The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400