This exciting cultural project in Sunderland received £2.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to rejuvenate Holy Trinity, a fine Grade I listed Georgian church for the Churches Conservation Trust.

Following a successful HLF Round 2 application Mosedale Gillatt Architects were appointed to lead a full design team in the redevelopment of this fantastic building. Works have recently completed on site.

Holy Trinity is a little changed church with a fantastic story to tell, one that starts with the birth of Sunderland and the Georgian age. The project will save this nationally important church in time for its 300th anniversary  in 2019 and give it wider appeal as ‘Sevente

Holy Trinity is a Grade1 listed redundant church that was on Historic Engalnd’s ‘Heritage At Risk Register’ – it has now been transformed by the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) with a £2.6m restoration project. This hugely complex and challenging project was led by Mosedale Gillatt Architects.

Built in 1719 Holy Trinity  was unique in that it served a dual role for both worship and civic administration. It has watched over a million lives yet its own stories have remained hidden. Its people have been at the centre of decisions regarding sanitation, poverty, law, and it even became a fire station with its own fire cart! Transforming the church into ‘17Nineteen’ has been a huge journey involving hundreds of individuals and organisations.

The project focussed on making the building safe, sustainable and fuctional for a 21st Century audience with extensive repair works including roof repairs, replacement of the majority of windows, selective replacement of stone and brick, repairs to decorative joinery and wall panelling, repointing (with the exception of isolated areas of rare ‘tuck’ pointing which remain), ornate plaster repairs and redecoration.

Sensitive adaptation works included new contemporary WC pods; café servery and seating all integrated into the interpretation. A new suspended floor in the Nave allowed underfloor heating and conceals new 21st Century additions for heating and cables. The plant for heating and power is hidden in the roof space and existing cupboards were reused to hide pipes and cables.