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Trinity Digs Project 2019- 2021

Trinity Digs will provide additional meeting, hot-desk and workshop space on the Trinity Centre site, in addition to making our garden and grounds more accessible. The project is funded by Power to ChangeNisbet Trust and match funders.

The works will mean that we can increase our ability to support communities with free and heavily subsidised hall-space for to develop and deliver their own projects and activities.

Alongside the capital works our Community Kickstart Project will provide individuals and groups with support and advice to set up their own community-led initiatives as well as access to small ‘kick-start' funding.

We are still raising additional funds to release the aims of this ambitious capital and community programme, You can support Trinity here.

You can view the Tinity Digs plans on www.bristol.gov.uk

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"Trinity is a stunning local landmark, and a beautiful space, but with a legacy of high maintenance and difficult problems typical of very old and beautiful churches. Everyone involved has shown remarkable creativity in conceiving new uses and activities." Simon Cook, Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport (2012-2016)

Trinity Community Arts (TCA) have managed the Trinity Centre since 2004, since then we have invested over £2m into the building’s repair and renovation - as part of our commitment to repair and conserve the Trinity Centre for ours and future generations.

In 2017/2018 thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Bristol City Council and 13 other funders, as well as generous donations from members of the public we were able to undertake critical repairs to the fabric of the building. Conservation programme included repairs to lead-work on the North aisle roof to prevent water ingress repair of stonework, pinnacles and iconic towers to protect the building's fabric restoration of original stained glass and secondary glazing to improve sustainability.

2015 saw the installation of solar PV installation and technical equipment. In 2013, through the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings and thanks to to National Lottery funding and match funders, we invested in the redevelopment of our upstairs hall space. This included installation of multi-purpose lighting, sprung wooden floor and heating to increase availability of quality dance, performance and community space in the area We also made significant improvements to the external grounds, with better signage and layout to improve accessibility. Alongside these works the 2013 Trinity Centre Conservation Project saw the repairs to the South Aisle roof (2013) - taking Trinity off Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ Register.

Other notable repairs and investments: 2012 - Bar and and main hall space improvements and building of an outdoor kitchen in the community gardens 2010 - Installation of toilet facilities on the upstairs floor and redecoration of the north aisle main stairwell 2009 - Conditions survey to inspect the fabric of the building 2008 - Access to Training Project: Recording Studio, IT Suite, Training Room and passenger lift Current renovation plans can be viewed on www.bristol.gov.uk - search planning ref no 12/03943/F Past works 2013

Alongside capital works we also deliver a programme activity,  in 2018 we celebrated Trinity's place at the Heart & Soul of the community through a programme of accessible heritage activities, workshops and events - click here for more info.

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Stonework awaits repairs in the 2017/2018 critical work programme photo @Khali Ackford

Project History

Background

  • Trinity Community Arts (TCA) have managed the Trinity Centre since 2004

  • We hold a lease til 2048 with Bristol City Council

  • We have invested over £2m into the building’s repair and renovation

  • Our 2017/2018 programme of critical repairs saw work to the north aisle roof and repairs to the iconic Trinity Towers and stonework

  • Repair of South Aisle roof (2013) saw Trinity Centre taken off Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ Register

  • Current renovation plans can be viewed on www.bristol.gov.uk - search planning ref no 12/03943/F

Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings 2013-14

  • Thanks to National Lottery funding and match funders, we invested in the redevelopment of our upstairs hall space
  • This included installation of multi-purpose lighting, sprung wooden floor and heating to increase availability of quality dance, performance and community space in the area
  • We also made significant improvements to the external grounds, with better signage and layout to improve accessibility.

Trinity Centre Conservation Works 2017- 2018

Past works

  • 2015 - Solar PV installation and technical equipment

  • 2013/14 -  Redevelopment of our upstairs hall space, reception area and grounds

  • 2013 - Essential repairs works to the South aisle roof as part of the Trinity Centre Conservation Project

  • 2012 - Bar and and main hall space improvements and building of an outdoor kitchen in the community gardens

  • 2010 - Installation of toilet facilities on the upstairs floor and redecoration of the north aisle main stairwell

  • 2009 - Conditions survey to inspect the fabric of the building

  • 2008 - Access to Training Project: Recording Studio, IT Suite, Training Room and passenger lift

Read more about the history of the renovation of the former Holy Trinity Church in our online archive.

Renovation & Conservation of the Trinity Centre has been supported by: Allchurches Trust, BiffaAward, Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings, Bristol City Council, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Ibstock Enovert / Enovert Community Trust, Pilgrim Trust, SITA Trust, Veolia Trust, Theatres Trust.

 

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Celebrating the heritage of the Trinity Centre and the local area

A home for The Trinity Fox by Andy Council, revealed as part of the end of project celebrations photo @Khali Ackford

Heart & Soul

In 2018 we celebrated Trinity's place at the heart of the community through a programme of accessible workshops, heritage trails, talks and social events, as well as online content, physical displays, two paid internships and volunteering opportunities.

“Excellent that this is accessible regardless of financial wealth; good platform for finding new possibilities for self development, vital for community that stuff like this happens at Trinity"
Workshop participant
  • The activities engaged  680  people of all ages directly, including 21 volunteers, attracted new visitors, diversified perceptions of the organisation and promoted our aims.
  • 162 people came along to our Talks as we welcomed speakers to share their thoughts about the challenges and achievements of transforming and preserving historic buildings. Speakers included Architects Tim Ronalds and Fidel Meraz, as well as Marcus Hammond of x-Church Gainsborough
  • 4 local artisans delivered 38 workshop sessions inspired by the traditional crafts used to build Trinity. 52 participants created stained glass, ceramics, textiles and woodcarvings that now from part of the indoor visual history trial in the building.
  • 90 people attended our guided heritage walks around Trinity and Old Market

 

 

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