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 are appointed to lead a full design team in developing the technical design with works anticipated to commence in Spring 2019.
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 ‘The Canny Space’, a new community, commercial performance venue and an exciting heritage attraction.
The practice was originally appointed to prepare feasibility proposals which looked at extending the use of the church, which has fallen into significant disrepair in recent times. Working with a full range of conservators (including plaster, paint and joinery specialists), we prepared a holistic report which seeks to identify causes of damage, looking at the building as a whole, before attempting to offer remedies. In advance of the main works, we worked closely with Historic England to undertake isolated emergency works, to arrest the worst decay.