Phase 2 is a go!
Holy Trinity is celebrating the granting of full permission by church authorities for the second Phase of its Amazing Transformation, which will see a major reordering of the nave, to create outstanding facilities for the people of Hull to enjoy.
Phase 1 was the reordering of Trinity Square (see page 3). Now, the Chancellor of the Diocese of
York, Canon Peter Collier QC, has given approval for major works inside the church.
“This is the news we’ve been waiting for,” said Rev Canon Dr Neal Barnes. “Now, we can create
space for the whole community. This work will make the church sustainable, open to everybody, and a place for people to explore, to enjoy concerts and events, to worship, and to belong.”
In giving his judgement on the plans, the Chancellor commented, “It is clear to me that since 2010, under the leadership of Canon Barnes a team of people has come together with a determination to see a church grow and to do mission in the heart of this city. However, if there is to be continued growth and a continuation of that mission they have to turn round the position from that of haemorrhaging cash into one where there is across the board a sufficient income to finance the staff team, and to ensure the continued maintenance of the fabric so that they can give their energy to bringing the gospel to the city of Hull and the East Riding.”
Phase 2 will include the most significant work in the transformation project. The nave of the church will return to its original, pre-Victorian configuration, making a huge open space for events, to welcome visitors, and for more inclusive Christian worship.
With a new glazed west entrance to entice and welcome visitors in from the Square, new sound and lighting, underfloor heating, upgraded toilets and beautiful stone flooring, Holy Trinity will be fully equipped to be a top visitor destination. The full dimensions of the nave’s splendid perpendicular-style architecture will be displayed in a way not seen for generations.
Work is due to start almost straight away, so access to the nave will be somewhat restricted for most of 2017.
“Closing the nave off is a pain we must bear, for much greater gain.” says Canon Barnes, “In fact, disruption will be kept to a minimum, as our project managers and contractors have cooperated to ensure that most of the larger events we have planned can happen anyway.”
As City of Culture year progresses, Hull’s most significant building will be transformed, enabling a cultural heritage to continue long after 2017.