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Renovation 2020-21

In spite of the pandemic, Trinity have been continuing with our phased capital programme. Emergency grants have helped us to be able to continue to dedicate core resources needed to support delivery of planned renovation and conservation works, intended to improve the building's sustainability and viability.

This live phase, 2020-21 includes access improvements to our well-used Community Garden and renovation of our upstairs  Graffiti Room, supported with funds secured prior to the pandemic from Power to Change, Nisbet Trust, Derbyshire Environmental Trust, Bristol City Council, private donors and other match funders.

We will also be carrying out an updated feasibility, consulting with the community about future works phases in light of COVID19. This work has been made possible thanks to the Architectural Heritage Fund.

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2017-18 Conservation Project

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One of Trinity's charitable aims is to preserve, protect and improve for the public benefit the Trinity Centre - formerly the Holy Trinity Church - and promote the heritage of this building.

The former Holy Trinity Church is one of the most prominent façades in the Old Market Conservation area and a source of local identity and city pride.

Designed by renowned Birmingham architects Thomas Rickman and Henry Hutchinson, it was built 1829-32 as part of a national programme of church building approved by Parliamentary commission. Funds for the programme totalling one and a half million pounds came in part from the spoils of Napoleonic War, hence these churches are variously known as the ‘Waterloo Churches’.

Deconsecrated in 1976, the building was purchased by the African Caribbean Community Enterprise Group and has since served as a community arts centre for East Bristol.

In 2009 Trinity was placed on Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ Register, due to significant dilapidation of the building’s stonework, roofs and structure. Trinity Community Arts have since been working to carry out a phased repair programme, which saw the building removed from the At Risk Register in 2014, followed by a full structural repair programme 2017-18.

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Davontay taking part in heritage internship as part of 2017-18 Conservation Project

Project History

"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 project the Trinity Centre for future generations.

In 2017/18 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.

The conservation programme included repairs to the North aisle roof, stonework, pinnacles, original stained glass and iconic towers.

In 2015 we improved sustainability of the centre installing Solar PVs and purchasing new technical equipment.

In 2013, through the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings 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. These works, alongside repairs to the South Aisle roof, saw the building taken of Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ Register in 2014.

Other works

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

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.

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