New services available from the MaintenanceBooker heritage website

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2019


They include high level surveys and maintenance, repairs to roofs, rainwater goods and towers, masonry maintenance and lime mortar repointing.

New services to help keep church buildings in good repair have been added to  MaintenanceBooker, the heritage website that helps keep church and chapels in good condition.  

They include high level surveys and maintenance, repairs to roofs, rainwater goods and towers, masonry maintenance and lime mortar repointing.

A range of grants to help churches pay for maintenance services booked through MaintenanceBooker are available. Investing in regular maintenance work to your building now can significantly reduce your longer term costs.

MaintenanceBooker is available to churches and chapels of all Christian denominations in England and Wales. To access and book maintenance services, places of worship first need to register to use the site.

MaintenanceBooker is supported by the National Churches Trust and managed by NCT Heritage Services Ltd in partnership with 2buy2.

New services

High level maintenance

A high level maintenance or repair service could include the following:

  •     Replacement/Repair of missing/broken roof tiles, slates or other roof coverings
  •     Repair/Replacement of loose/missing flaunchings, flashings and creasings
  •     Repair/Replacement of broken/loose/missing eaves, fascia boards, soffittes, rainwater goods
  •     Removal, unblocking, re-fixing of downpipes
  •     Repairs/replacements of gutter linings
  •     High level repointing work e.g. roof tower
  •     Repair of blocked, damaged and failing lead work

Information on high level maintenance or repair services

High level inspections and surveys

A condition survey or inspection of high-level areas of the building could include the following:

  •     Condition of roof, including roof tiles, slates or other roof coverings
  •     Condition of flaunchings, flashings and creasings
  •     Condition of eaves, fascia boards, soffites, rainwater goods
  •     Condition of louvres
  •     Condition of leadwork

Information on surveys or inspections of high-level areas

Masonry maintenance and lime mortar repointing

A masonry maintenance or repair and lime mortar repointing service could include the following:

  •     Replacements of stone units - descaling stone, dismantling masonry for reuse
  •     Removal of plant growths from masonry
  •     Pointing/Repointing/Plastering using a Lime mortar mix carefully chosen in order to maintain the historic interest of the building, its structural integrity, and its appearance

Information on masonry maintenance or repair and lime mortar repointing services

Other maintentance services available

The new services are in addition to the existing services available from MaintenanceBooker which are listed below.

Rainwater Goods Maintenance  

Lightning Protection Services  

Tree Risk Assessments and Surveys  

Tree Surgery

Asbestos Management

Grants available

If the cost of booking a maintenance service is a financial problem, the National Churches Trust, with its partner the Pilgrim Trust, can offer grants towards the cost of a number of both new and existing fabric repair services available to book through MaintenanceBooker.

Churches are eligible to apply for a Grant if they book one of the following services through the MaintenanceBooker system:

  •     Rainwater Goods Maintenance
  •     Lightning Protection System Repairs
  •     Asbestos Removal
  •     Masonry Repairs and Lime Mortar Repointing
  •     High Level Maintenance

For works costing less than £1,000 the Preventative Maintenance Micro Grant Programme can help with grants of up to £500 (not exceeding 50% of the costs excluding VAT).

For works greater than £1,000 the National Churches Trust Foundation Grant Programme may be able to help.

These grants usually offer between £500 and £3,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report.

However, for our final round of Foundation Grants this year we will accept applications for work of up to £20,000 excluding VAT and we will offer up to 50% grants of up to £10,000. The deadline for applications is 26 September 2019.

In addition, applicants for Foundation Grants supported by quotes obtained via MaintenanceBooker can also be considered outside of the usual deadline dates, up until 2 December 2019.

All services addressing building fabric directly are eligible for a grant from the National Churches Trust. Grants are not available for tree works, inspections or surveys.

Find out more about grants available

Michael Murray, Executive Director of NCT Heritage Services Ltd said:  

“Since 2018, churches and chapels have been using MaintenanceBooker to find qualified contractors to carry out gutter clearances and repairs, lightning protection inspections and repairs, tree surveys and maintenance and asbestos surveys and removals.”

 “We’ve launched the new services for stonework, masonry and mortaring and roofs and towers as a direct response to the needs of churches identified in grant applications made to the National Churches Trust.  In 2017 – 2018, over 55% of applications for maintenance grants were for high level repairs to roofs and towers and 28% for stone or mortar repairs to walls.”

“We want to make keeping church buildings in  good repair as easy as possible for churchwardens. MaintenanceBooker is a simple to use online service. It uses only accredited contractors and provides three quotes for each job, making it easy for churches to get the right price for expert repair and conservation work.”

Keeping churches and chapels open and enjoyed

 “Maintaining your church building is the bedrock of keeping it open and able to be enjoyed,” says Becky Clark, Director of Churches and Cathedrals, Church of England.

“Simple tasks like keeping gutters and drains clear, identifying problems with trees and properly maintaining them and ensuring stonework is well looked after will help prevent unexpected large repair bills, and can encourage local people, whether churchgoers or not, to take an interest in their church. I believe that MaintenanceBooker will make it easier to keep church buildings in good repair.”

Ecclesiastical Insurance

The new services on MaintenanceBooker are being made possible with the support of Ecclesiastical Insurance, the UK’s leading church insurer, the National Churches Trust, the Pilgrim Trust and the Church in Wales.