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The new Diocesan Offices: Walker Business Park

The majority of staff who work for the Diocese are located in modern offices, approximately two miles from the old Church House in Blackburn.

Staff moved to the new building in November 2015.

They are based at the Diocesan Offices on Walker Business Park, adjacent to Junction 5 of the M65. The full address is Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE.

Pictures of the new offices can be seen on this page, complete with new signage. For a map and directions to the new offices please click here.
 
The main phone numbers for the Board of Finance and Board of Education have not changed.The main phone numbers for Parish Mission Support and Discipleship and Ministry are now 01254 503070.
 
Please ensure that all posted mail is sent to the new address, not Church House. 
 
The new offices are occupied by most of the staff working for the Diocesan Board of Education, (DBE - which supports all of the Church schools in Lancashire) and the Diocesan Board of Finance (which provides a variety of administrative and support services to parishes across Lancashire).

The offices also host staff from Cidari (the Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust) and DBE Services, which provides maintenance support for schools across northern England. A handful of staff with location-specific roles (such as those who work at Whalley Abbey, the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre) are not affected by the move.
 
The future of Church House in the centre of Blackburn will be decided at a later date. This building was shared with Blackburn Cathedral which has a small office complex at one end. When the new Clergy Court building opens in summer 2016 there will be new Cathedral offices alongside extensive living accommodation for all the Cathedral staff.
 
Graeme Pollard, Diocesan Secretary, said, "With a Diocese of our size and the support to clergy, parishes and schools across Lancashire that is provided from a range of functions, this move is about providing the best possible asset to the Diocese in terms of office space; while at the same time ensuring that our hard-working staff get the best possible modern environment to work in.
 
"We are also pleased to be able to maintain our links with Blackburn as well as being better placed now, close to the motorway, to serve parishes and schools across the whole of Lancashire.”
 
Blackburn Diocese is not the first Diocese in the country to make such a move in recent times. In the North West alone in the past few years the Diocese of Chester and Diocese of Liverpool have moved, Chester to similar new out of town offices on a business park.
 
The Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, said: “This move has taken place as the Diocese is looking forward to a new chapter of its life with 'Vision 2026: Healthy Churches Transforming Communities’.
 
"Having a fit-for-purpose base for all our hard-working staff is important so that we can effectively support our parishes and schools as we all work together to grow God’s Kingdom. I am extremely grateful to all those who have worked so hard in identifying the issues and the solution to our office accommodation question.
 

Ronnie Semley
15/11/2015
updated March 2016

 
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