Diocese of Carlisle’s central administrative offices to move

The Diocese of Carlisle is to relocate its administrative offices from Carlisle to Penrith.

Trustees of the Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) confirmed the decision to move from Church House on West Walls, at a meeting this afternoon (Wednesday 15 July, 2015).

It follows detailed research, commissioned in January this year, into a potential move to an office block on Friargate in Penrith, which the diocese already owns. It is expected that the relocation will happen before the end of August 2016.

The Rev Martin Jayne, chair of the DBF, said: “Throughout this process the Trustees have listened carefully to all representations received and we want to keep all interested parties informed of the latest situation.

“Inspections have shown a significant outlay is needed in order to simply maintain the current Church House office building. This does not take into account further substantial investment which would be needed in order to upgrade the building’s telecommunications and heating system and reduce its carbon footprint. We also want to provide good, modern working conditions for our staff.

“Against this the DBF has had to carefully balance the fact that we have a building in Penrith, which has been vacant for more than a year and which we must invest in to make it suitable for the letting market.

“As the body responsible for the management of the diocese’s finances, the decision taken represents the most effective and efficient use of resources as we look to ensure we do all we can to fund our mission-focused work.”

Seventeen members of staff currently work out of Church House on a regular basis. All have been consulted and the DBF is to offer them supplementary travel expenses for two years after the relocation.

In recent weeks the diocese has held talks with representatives from Carlisle City Council about the future of Church House, a listed building which has housed the Diocesan Office since 1934.

It is expected that discussions will continue with the City Council, Carlisle Cathedral and St Cuthbert’s church as all options are considered for the future development of Church House and the attached Old Vicarage.


In reaching the decision members of the DBF also recognised that a move to Penrith will provide a more centrally-based administrative hub for the diocese, with Penrith served well by road and rail links.


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Notes to editors

The Diocesan Board of Finance responsibilities include:

• Management of the financial resources and property of the diocese
• Preparation of annual budgets
• Advising on action needed to raise income
• Oversight of Diocesan expenditure
• Advising on the financial implications of policy proposals
• Acting as employer to salaried diocesan staff
• Custodian Trustee for numerous parish and diocesan trusts
• Identifying and exploiting opportunities for new income streams and developments

 

For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.