Work is underway on the new offices for the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Still situated in Wells, the new building provides purpose-built office accommodation and plenty of parking.
The work to get Flourish House in Cathedral Avenue ready is being carried out by office design company Interaction.
The diocesan office staff will move to Flourish House at the end of March.
Bishop Peter went down to look round the new offices with diocesan secretary Nick May, who has overseen the move.
Bishop Peter said: “There will of course be some sadness as staff leave the Old Deanery which has been the Diocesan offices for many years. However, there is also excitement about moving to new offices which will provide more suitable, appropriate and accessible facilities. I am sure that parishes and visitors will continue to receive a warm welcome when they come to the Diocesan Offices and that the service, support and resourcing which is offered to parishes, schools and chaplaincies across the diocese will be strengthened and enhanced.”
Bishop Peter and Bishop Ruth will remain in their own office at the Bishop’s Palace, which is just a ten minute walk away from Flourish House.
The last time the office space for diocesan staff was renovated was in 1987, when comprehensive works to The Old Deanery lasted three years!