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News: Building work begins for Diocesan office at Stag Hill

Building work begins for Diocesan office at Stag Hill

On 8 July 2024 Cortec of Farncombe broke ground to extend the former Diocesan Education Centre (DEC) on Stag Hill.

The extension is to increase office space for an improved office environment for the Guildford Diocesan Office. The DEC was built in 1993. Guildford Borough Council granted planning permission for the extension in November 2023 and the plans were approved by the Cathedral’s Fabrics Advisory Committee in April 2024.

Bishop Andrew said: “I'm delighted that we will shortly be moving our diocesan offices up to the Cathedral site, which will greatly benefit us all. Following Covid we've not needed the office space we once had, so the move will result in considerable financial savings in the long run; not to mention environmental savings as we move towards our Net Carbon Zero goal.”

Stuart Beake, Acting Dean of the Cathedral, said: “We are delighted that our friends and colleagues from the Diocesan Offices are moving back to join us on Stag Hill. We are very much looking forward to them being here and further strengthening our working together in serving our church and community.”

The construction is timetabled to be completed in December 2024, the interior fit out will begin shortly after.

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Notes to the editor

  • Guildford is one of 42 dioceses which cover the whole of England. We have 159 parishes, 82 church schools and several hundred social and community projects, and our area includes two-thirds of Surrey (including Egham, Banstead, Dorking and Farnham), parts of North East Hampshire (including Farnborough and Aldershot) one parish each in Sussex, and one in Greater London.
  • The diocese’s vision – Transforming Church, Transforming Lives – offers a vision of individuals and church communities working to transform the world around them
  • The Diocesan Office acts is a resource centre supporting both clerical and lay members of the diocese. It is not part of the Cathedral but has a close working relationship.

For further information please contact

Amy Jimenez Bedrock

Interim Head of Communications

Diocese of Guildford

07552 566 953


Press release – 8 July 2024


Added Monday 8th July 2024