The Value of Maintenance
Research collaboration with Historic England into the impact of ‘stitch in time’ repairs on listed churches across England
- Lead researcher and author
APEC Architects collaborated with Historic England and Greenwood Projects to undertake a research project that seeks to evaluate the estimated repair liability of a sample of 30 listed church buildings across England that are on the Heritage at Risk Record. This included investigating the impact of ‘stitch in time’ repairs on the condition of the building fabric and the cost impact of delaying repair work and maintenance.
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Three questions our research sought to answer
What is the current estimated repair cost for necessary capital works on these historic places of worship?
What would have been the cost of timely maintenance and minor ‘stitch in time’ type repairs if they had been done when identified as being necessary?
Would prompt attention to maintenance and repair issues have prevented or slowed down the development of major repair needs, or are some of these the result of material, structural or design failures and could not have been managed or averted by maintenance?
Our key conclusions from the research
The total cost if all the Churches rectified defects when they were first identified
Total estimated cost associated with delaying repair
Actual total cost of all the repairs across the Churches