Welcome to the Diocesan Property Department pages
The Diocesan Property Department provides property related professional advice and assistance to parishes, schools and Catholic charities within the Diocese. Its work includes ensuring parishes regularly assess the condition of their properties and carry out repairs and maintenance and managing a similar programme for schools.
The department looks after insurance issues relating to Diocesan properties and provides advice on Health & Safety issues and good practice affecting anyone who visits, worships or works in Diocesan properties.
It also provides pre- and post- contract “client representative” advice relating to alterations to existing Diocesan buildings and the construction of new facilities, churches and schools as well as managing building projects.
The Property Department is based at the Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU. Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following Government guidance and are primarily working from home or remotely. Our normal 'office' hours are 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday. The best way to contact us is to email firstname.lastname@example.org. The office phone is regularly monitored for voicemail messages, but email will generally elicit a quicker response. (Please note: by emailing us, you consent to your submitted details being collected, stored and used by the Diocese of Hallam only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided them to us. Read more in our Privacy and Security Policy.).
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Property Manager: Mr John Clarke Bsc (Hons)
Secretary: Mrs Jessica Moylan
Gutter cleaning - Use the SkyVac!
One of the most important regular maintenance tasks for all buildings is the cleaning of gutters and rainwater pipes. Inevitably, gutters are located at heights that require a ladder or a mobile scaffold tower to reach them. Using a ladder to clean gutters is not recommended by risk assessment as it is very often hazardous with few precautions possible to make it safer.
To assist and support parishes in cleaning gutters on parish buildings in a safe manner without the need to use ladders or mobile tower scaffolds, the Diocese of Hallam has purchased an industrial-grade gutter cleaning machine - a SkyVac. The machine can reach to eaves heights of 12 metres (40 feet) using sectional lightweight carbon-fibre tubes and is equipped with a wireless camera to aid inspection and cleaning. (Similar machines are being used increasingly by commercial gutter cleaning contractors).
Parishes are able to borrow the machine free-of-charge by arrangement and after attending a short induction session to provide training in its safe use. Alternatively, the Diocese has linked up with a local contractor who can carry out your gutter cleaning, charging parishes a modest hourly rate plus travel costs.
The SkyVac is capable of removing large built-up blockages in gutters safely, although there will be occasions when other methods of clearance will be necessary e.g. concealed and parapet gutters. To date (September 2016), the SkyVac has been used for cleaning gutters at Sacred Heart, Balby; St Vincent's, Sheffield (including St Michael's Cemetery Chapel), Immaculate Conception, Herringthorpe; St Peter's, Doncaster (part); Christ the King, Rossington, St Helen's, Hoyland; Sacred Heart, Goldthorpe; st Michael's, Wombwell; Our Lady and St James, Worsborough; Annunciation, Chesterfield; Sacred Heart, Hillsborough; St Francis, Sheffield.
In addition, the SkyVac machine is suitable for the safe cleaning high level interior surfaces such as roof beams, clerestory windows and high level ledges in churches. A very successful clean was recently completed at the Church of the Annunciation, Chesterfield and St Francis, Sheffield.
If you want to borrow the SkyVac or wish to arrange for the contractor to visit your parish, please contact the Property Department.
Catholic Voluntary Academy schools
Condition Improvement Fund (CIF):
The latest CIF bidding guidance and timetable can be found on the gov.uk website here.
Any CVA school must obtain approval from the Diocesan Trustees PRIOR to submitting any application for CIF funding to the EFA. A letter dated 8th October 2020 was sent to all CVA schools with an approval form enclosed. The deadline for submission of this form is 27th November 2020. A copy of the form is available from the Property Department (email@example.com).
Voluntary Aided (VA) schools
VA Capital Funding:
All VA schools are invited to submit their priority bid for VA capital funding for 2021/22 to the Diocese by 27th November 2020. A letter setting out this invitation was sent to all VA schools dated 28th September 2020. A copy of the form is available from the Property Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Schools Estate Management
The Department of Education has published the Good Estate Management for Schools (GEMS) section on gov.uk here. GEMS contains advice for schools and responsible bodies to help manage their school buildings and land.
Health and Safety Policy
The Diocese of Hallam Health and Safety policy can be downloaded from here and has appointed consultants Safety Toolbox Limited to provide 'competent person' advice and support to the Diocese and all parishes.
The Diocese also subscribes to the online health and safety management system 'Safety Toolbox' to help parishes ensure they are providing safe environments. All parishes have at least one user account. If you would like to be registered as an additional user for your parish or would like any assistance in using it, please contact Tom Garrud at the Property Department.
The Diocese maintains comprehensive insurance cover for its buildings through the Catholic Insurance Services (http://www.catholicinsuranceservices.co.uk).
If you need to submit an insurance claim please download a form from this link. Alternatively, e-mail the Property Department (email@example.com) or director of finance Ed Whittaker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following Government guidance and are primarily working from home or remotely. Our normal 'office' hours are 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday. The best way to contact us is to email email@example.com. The office phone is regularly monitored for voicemail messages, but email will generally elicit a quicker response.
Diocese of Hallam Property Department
Hallam Pastoral Centre
St Charles Street
Phone: 0114 256 6420
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: by emailing us, you consent to your submitted details being collected, stored and used by the Diocese of Hallam only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided them to us. Read more in our Privacy and Security Policy.