A special event to mark the start of building works is to be held at Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland on Thursday 5th September at 3pm. The grade I listed church, which is no longer used for regular worship, is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity protecting historic churches at risk.
The £4.3million project to repair this fantastic Georgian building will consist of urgent and highly skilled fabric repair, including brickwork and masonry, plastering and joinery, as well as sensitively equipping this space with up to date facilities.
This project has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players who made it possible for the National Lottery Heritage Fund to invest £2.8million to save Holy Trinity, and allow its story to be proudly told well into the future.
Local firm, Historic Property Restoration (HPR), based in North Shield, recently won the contract to carry out the work, having previously worked on a variety of structures including churches and church halls, country houses, bank façades, and monuments.
John Gibson from HPR says:
‘We are delighted to be involved with the scheme at Holy Trinity. We are particularly pleased that we are working with a client that thoroughly endorses the continuation of the conservation craft and skills through the promotion of apprenticeship schemes. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be involved with many important and interesting projects like Holy Trinity, and I believe this is reflected in the enthusiasm throughout the company.’
Karen Houghton-Slater, Head of Regeneration at the CCT says ‘We are very excited to be finally starting on site at Holy Trinity. This project offers us the opportunity to not only save and revitalise this ‘at risk’ grade I listed building, but also to provide a stunning cultural venue for the people of Sunderland and beyond.’