Delivery of repair works, maintenance and access improvements to a vibrant cultural venue.

Ferguson Mann Architects were commissioned to deliver a programme of external envelope repairs to The Trinity Community Arts Centre. Housed in the Grade II* listed, former Holy Trinity Church, the centre provides a valuable community facility and independent music venue within one of the most culturally diverse and economically deprived areas of the South West. It was important that the centre continue to champion the cultural heritage of Bristol’s diverse communities, whilst also celebrating the building as part Bristol’s architectural heritage and conserving it to ensure it remains off the English Heritage at Risk Register.

As part of the initial condition survey, we conducted a high-level inspection of the stonework with Mann Williams which identified that embedded corroding iron cramps and dowels within the structure were actively causing damage to stonework. This was a particular concern in the iconic carved stone turrets and pinnacles where damage was beginning to undermine the structural integrity of the structure evidenced by cracking, spalling and jacking of the stonework.

Following a successful stage 2 application to Heritage Lottery Fund, key repair works began on site. These included extensive ironwork removal and stone repair and replacement, repair of roof timbers and renewal of lead coverings on the North Aisle, roof access improvements and extensive repairs to leaded and stained-glass windows to improve energy efficiency. Secondary glazing was introduced to improve acoustic performance within the main hall and opening lights refurbished in the windows at first floor level to improve ventilation and thermal comfort.

Trinity remained open throughout the contract with minimal disruption to the centre’s diverse cultural programme. Works were completed at the end of 2018.