Introducing… ‘Church House Guildford’
The new office building, to be called Church House Guildford, will be up and running late in 2017, bringing together parish support teams currently located on a number of sites to one central location in the Diocese. The move will see Education and Parish Development and Evangelism staff, currently located in the Education Centre, joining the Bishop of Dorking, our Archdeacons and colleagues from Communities Engagement, Discipleship Vocation and Ministry, DAC, Finance, HR, Safeguarding, Parish Support and Communications in the new building which we will be leasing from the University of Surrey.
Although the relocation process started in early 2016, there have been quite a few challenges to overcome along the way, and the move was made all the more urgent as a result of the substantial structural repair needs of Diocesan House in Quarry Street. Even when the ideal site had been identified, a number of prolonging factors needed to be overcome, including the lease particulars and planning permission to occupy on the Research Park. However with much hard work, patience and prayer, the challenges have been overcome and the building secured.
Commenting on the move, Peter Coles, Diocesan Secretary said: “Our largest current site, Diocesan House, has served us well for 70 years, but it is something of a rabbit warren of small rooms and desperately in need of significant and expensive refurbishment and repairs - as the sudden ceiling collapse last year demonstrated! The new office will provide us with a modern, cost effective, open plan office building that will have the huge advantage of enabling us to bring all our teams together in one building, united in our mission of Transforming Church, Transforming Lives.”
The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve finally managed to secure such excellent office accommodation, bringing together the different central teams under one roof for the first time.
The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve finally managed to secure such excellent office accommodation, bringing together the different central teams under one roof for the first time. Transforming Church, Transforming Lives has given huge impetus for us to work more effectively together in support of our parishes, schools and chaplaincies – and the new accommodation will allow us to do just that.