Repair & Renovation


Help secure Trinity's past, present & future

In 2017, scaffolding was erected to undertake the final phase of major works to repair the fabric of the Grade II** Listed  building.

During these works unforeseen historic damage to the building was uncovered; the stained glass windows were found to be no longer watertight, and the metal cramps, holding the historic Bath Stone in place, were found to be critically corroded, leading to an additional £200,000 of costs.

Historic England has backed Trinity with an additional grant of £68k towards the critical works; we still; need to raise £135k to protect the future of the building. and we need your help to secure Trinity’s past, future and present.

The Trinity Centre holds true to its values of being a space for communities to use, to congregate, to take part and to celebrate. Welcoming over 55,000 people a year through its doors, Trinity is a rare community organised and community focused space in Bristol. Trinity is part of the fabric of community life in the city.

By donating, you will be supporting these building works, ensuring future generations can find community and opportunity here.


Intern, Davontay Benjamin helping to repair Trinity - image by Khali Ackford

Conservation project

"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)

In October 2017, work began to carry out essential repairs to the Trinity Centre; the final major-works phase relating to the repair and conservation of the historic fabric.

Works have been enabled through the help of Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Bristol City Council and 13 other funders, as well as generous donations from members of the public.

Conservation programme

  • 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


By renovating and conserving the Trinity Centre, users will benefit from:

  • improved access to better and more adaptable facilities

  • availability of more affordable, subsidised provision

  • increased project, training, and volunteer opportunities

  • a broader range of arts, social and fitness activities

  • better resources for communities to develop their own activities.

Alongside capital works we also celebrate 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.


Project History...


  • 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 £1m into the building’s repair and renovation

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

  • Current renovation plans can be viewed on - 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.

Past works

  • 2015 - Solar PV installation and technical equipment

  • 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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