In June 2018, the Bishop’s Council of the Diocese of Bath and Wells confirmed the decision to relocate the diocesan offices from The Old Deanery in Wells to an alternative site within the city. As part of that decision it was agreed that The Old Deanery would be put up for sale.
Whilst the building is not yet on the market, the Diocese of Bath and Wells has today announced that it has appointed local agency, Lodestone Property to oversee the sale.
Following a competitive process, Lodestone Property, based in Bruton, Somerset, were judged to be the right partners for the diocese due to their experience and in-depth knowledge of the local area, plus an appreciation of the impact that the sale could have on the city and people of Wells.
Nick May, Diocesan Secretary at the Diocese of Bath and Wells says, “We understand the building’s significance and the fondness in which it is held by local people, as well as the staff who work here. The diocese represents the Church of England in Somerset and as a church organisation, we take our responsibility of care for our community very seriously.
“From the beginning of this process we have been committed to ensuring that any sale of The Old Deanery is approached and handled sensitively. It is hugely important to us that we partner with an agency who understand and share this commitment; the team at Lodestone does. This, coupled with the local knowledge and experience they bring as a Somerset-based company, is why we are excited to be working with them.”
Cathy Morris of Lodestone Property adds, “Lodestone is delighted to be the appointed agent for the sale of The Old Deanery. Our team takes its responsibilities with regards to the sale of this prestigious building very seriously and we welcome discussions with the local community.”
Expressions of interest have already been received by the diocese, which will now be followed up by Lodestone Property. The Old Deanery will be placed on the open market following the exchange of contracts on new office accommodation for the 50-plus staff who currently work there. This is expected over the next few weeks.
Lodestone Property will be assisted in the sale by the commercial arm of Carter Jonas to enable The Old Deanery to be marketed as widely as possible.