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Heritage Support Consultant (Team)

Location: East London and Essex

Following a grant from Historic England, the Diocese of Chelmsford is inviting tenders from an individual consultant or business to undertake the function of Historic Buildings Support Team for the next three years. The Team will consist of two functions: Historic Buildings Support Consultant and Funding Support Consultant.

 Individuals or firms (hereafter “the consultant”) will be invited to tender for either one or both functions.

Appointment is on a consultancy basis; therefore, the consultant will be responsible for their own tax, national insurance and pension. The consultant will not be an employee of the Diocese of Chelmsford. On appointment the consultant will sign a Service Level Agreement to undertake services for the Diocese as set out in this tender document.

 

THE DIOCESE OF CHELMSFORD

 

The Diocese of Chelmsford was founded in 1914 and covers the entirety of the county of Essex and the five East London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest (most of which made up the historic county of Essex). It has a population of more than 3 million; it has 463 parishes and a total of 588 churches, the majority of which are listed buildings. It is the second largest Anglican Diocese in England. The vision for the Diocese is to be a ‘Transforming Presence’. By this we mean to be a transforming presence in every community, open and welcoming to everyone and living out God’s love for all people.

 

THE CONTRACT

The Historic Buildings Support Team is being established to help our churches look after their historic assets and promote active engagement by their community and other visitors. The Team will have the following aims over the next three years:

  1. To support churches on a tiered basis with for the care and preservation of historic buildings within the Diocese
    1. 6 churches one-to-one Tier One support
    2. 20 churches Tier Two support
    3. 50+ churches Tier Three support
  2. To help churches maintain, repair their buildings and adapt them for present and future needs.
  3. To support churches in securing funding for repair, maintenance, redevelopment, new activities and long-term sustainability.
  4. To promote the value of historic churches so that they can be appreciated as an important resource for local and wider communities.

The consultant will be responsible for meeting specified objectives set out in the Performance Management Reporting Document and will be expected to meet regularly with both the Diocese and Historic England to update on progress and report on progress in achieving these objectives.

We are looking to appoint a consultant to undertake either a single function or both.

 

HISTORIC BUILDINGS SUPPORT CONSULTANT DETAILS

The consultant will have the following key responsibilities:

  1. To work with Archdeacons and Historic England to review and prioritise churches that will be supported by this programme, including identifying churches that should be added to the Heritage At Risk Register (HAR) or require urgent repair works.
  2. To work with individual churches to produce action plans to address needs and remove from the HAR.
  3. To promote the heritage of our church buildings both within their local community and wider communities where appropriate, including developing new strategies to widen visitor numbers through tourism.
  4. To work with churches to produce high quality Statements of Significance and Need, Management and Maintenance Plans and other key documents required for the conservation and maintenance of the building.
  5. To act as an advocate for the built heritage within the Chelmsford Diocese the communities we serve.
  6. To deliver training and workshops to give churches skills and capacity to better manage their buildings.
  7. To produce resources to help with the planning, fundraising and management of major projects and to engage people in heritage and new uses for their buildings.

 

FUNDING SUPPORT CONSULTANT DETAILS

The consultant will have the following key responsibilities:

  1. To identify appropriate funding sources, including National Lottery Heritage Fund.
  2. To circulate regular updates on upcoming deadlines and availability of funders.
  3. To ensure funding support is in line with the vision and mission of the Diocese in each Archdeaconry.
  4. To deliver workshops on fundraising and community engagement.
  5. To work with churches to write bids and supporting documentation to the NLHF and other funders, including new heritage and community activity programmes (focus will primarily be with HAR or potential HAR churches – the post holder will take on others if there is sufficient capacity).
  6. To create new community and heritage programmes (non-worship uses) to see more people visiting the church and more people learning about our historic assets.
  7. To support churches in conducting high quality community consultation.
  8. To work with architects and other professionals to develop high quality proposals that meet funders requirements.
  9. To deliver training for PCC teams to apply and secure small grants for ongoing maintenance projects.
  10. To deliver regular over the phone ‘advice surgeries’ for churches to access support with their building projects.
  11. To feedback on tier two churches funding bids to offer support on how to improve to make more successful.
  12. To provide regular email support with queries.
  13. To secure local partnerships with relevant stakeholders.

 

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

The successful consultant appointed to carry out the Historic Buildings Support function must be able to demonstrate suitable experience and skills in the following areas:

  1. Successful track record in managing historic buildings (E)
  2. A clear interest in supporting England’s historic places of worship to be welcoming and attractive places for all ages (E)
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, to help persuade PCCs that it is vital to the future of their church and community to investing time and energy into making the most of their church building (E)
  4. Experience in successful problem solving, project management (E)
  5. Excellent skills in leadership, interpersonal relationships, negotiation and persuasion, and written and visual communication and presentation (E)
  6. The capacity to work and make decisions with a high level of personal discretion (E)
  7. The ability to engage with the wider community in the meeting of the key objectives (E)
  8. Project management or heritage management qualification (D)
  9. Knowledge of and sympathy for the core aims of the Church of England in Chelmsford (D)
  10. Knowledge of the regions that make up the Chelmsford Diocese (D)

The successful consultant appointed to carry out the Funding Support function must be able to demonstrate suitable experience and skills in the following areas:

  1. Successful track record in fundraising, preferably within the heritage sector (E)
  2. A clear interest in supporting England’s historic places of worship to be welcoming and attractive places for all ages (E)
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, able to ensure with a wide range of stakeholders, congregation members and local residents and community groups (E)
  4. Experience in securing grant support for minor and major repair projects to listed buildings (E)
  5. Excellent skills in leadership, interpersonal relationships, negotiation and persuasion, and written and visual communication and presentation (E)
  6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills (E)
  7. The ability to engage with the wider community in the meeting of the key objectives (E)
  8. Proven experience of successfully securing grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (E)
  9. Knowledge of and sympathy for the core aims of the Church of England in Chelmsford (D)
  10. Knowledge of the regions that make up the Chelmsford Diocese (D)

 

FEES AND TIMESCALES

The fee for the Historic Buildings Support Consultant is £25,000 per annum for three years, including all expenses and VAT (Total over three years of £75,000).

The fee for the Funding Support Consultant is £25,000 per annum for three years, including all expenses and VAT (Total over three years of £75,000).

The contract for this work will run from February 2021 for three years and will run from the point at which the consultant begins their appointment.

 

TENDER REQUIREMENTS

Tenders of not more than 6 sides of A4 should be submitted by 5.00pm on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

The submitted tender should include the following information:

  1. Confirmation of which function the consultant is applying for; we accept proposals from consultants for individual functions or both
  2. Details of the consultant including their name, legal status, address, contact details (if this is a company with multiple individuals involved in delivery of this contract please include details of all involved)
  3. Relevant experience and skills of person/team who will undertake the contract
  4. Two case studies of similar work including contact details for references
  5. Identification of the key issues and challenges to be addressed
  6. CV of lead consultant
  7. Confirmation that the consultant can work within the timescale and fee for this contract

 

TENDER ASSESSMENT

Tenders will be assessed against the criteria stated below:

Criteria

Weighting

Recent relevant experience in heritage buildings management and/or fundraising

50%

Response to challenges and issues to be addressed

 

30%

Previous experience in heritage buildings management and/or fundraising

20%

 

The Diocese of Chelmsford reserves the right to interview selected candidates only following a desktop assessment.

 

Submission of Tenders

Tenders should be submitted no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

Tenders should be submitted electronically to the Venerable Elwin Cockett, Archdeacon of West Ham by email to: a.westham@chelmsford.anglican.org

Submissions should include the subject header: Tender Proposal: Historic Buildings Support Team, Diocese of Chelmsford Tender Submission

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 10th February 2021

Appointment date by end of February 2021

Closing Date: 3 February 2021


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