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Project information

Trinity Centre Development Project

The Trinity Centre provides community and arts services to three of the most ethnically diverse and economically deprived wards in the City of Bristol - Easton, Ashley and Lawrence Hill - rated as among the top 10% most deprived nationally on the Multiple Indices of Deprivation 2007.

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: Trinity Community Arts Ltd

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  • Need


    Trinity Community Arts are working on plans to carry out essential redevelopment works to the Trinity Centre. The works will allow us to provide an increased range of services, making the space more accessible, affordable and appropriate for our diverse communities.

    The building is currently on the English Heritage 'at risk' register due to its limited use and building redevelopment is essential in ensuring the long-term future of this vital community and cultural resource.


    We aim to:
    - develop the upstairs hall space to create additional community facilities
    - carry out repairs to stained glass windows to ensure the building remains weather-tight and usable
    - improve insulation and install an efficient, sustainable heating solution
    - improve accessibility through improvements to the external grounds
    - improve visibility of this community resource through better signage and clearer public facing frontage

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    reduce isolation and improve psychological and physical health and well-being through:


    » - improved access to better and more adaptable facilities - availability of more affordable, subsidised provision - dance and fitness activities

    What success will look like

    People feel less isolated and more engaged within activities within the Centre

  • Impact


    Local residents feel better able to engage with each other through activities at the Centre. This will be demonstrated through testimonies and feedback from Centre users, monitoring information such as service user numbers and feedback from the local authority.


    TCA have carried out detailed risk analysis of the project and are hosting monthly project meetings to monitor status of project risks.


    We will complete a project report which we will make available via our website and circulate project updates in our newsletter, e-newsletter, website and through press releases. We will publish all information in our Annual Report and audited accounts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £514,000 Phase 1 works Redevelopment of upstairs hall and grounds, installation of new boiler and new children's play area
      £200,000 Stained glass repairs Stained glass window repairs and improvements
      £1,080,000 Phase 2 works Installation of mezannine and additional ground works
      £1,206,000 Phase 3 works Improvements to downstairs hall including relocating office and toilets

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings Fund £460,000 Guaranteed
    Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust £30,000 Guaranteed
    Veolia Environmental Trust £23,000 Guaranteed
    Community First Development Grant Fund £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Trinity Centre is a community arts centre and independent music venue run by Trinity Community Arts, a not-for-profit charity group operating in the heart of three of the most ethnically diverse and economically deprived wards in the City of Bristol – Easton, Ashley and Lawrence Hill. These wards are the most ethnically diverse wards in the city and rated as among the top 10% most deprived nationally on the Multiple Indices of Deprivation.


    In line with the covenant on the building, which states that the building is to be used for youth, arts, community and education purposes, we target our own capacity to delivering services to those most in need. This includes:
    Young People; Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups; people who are financially disadvantaged or unemployed.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Trinity Centre is located at the heart of inner-city Bristol and has a long history of working to build links between communities and cross social divides.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emma Harvey

    Centre Manager, Trinity Community Arts

Trinity is a stunning local landmark, and a beautiful space...everyone involved has shown remarkable creativity in conceiving new uses and activities.

Simon Cook, Bristol Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport