AccentHansen

Holy Trinity, Hull

Holy Trinity is the largest parish church in England by floor area. The church dates back to about 1300 and contains what is widely acknowledged to be some of the finest medieval brick-work in the country, particularly in the transepts.

The refurbishment works of 2017 are on the 700-year-old Grade I listed building, and will be undertaken over a 34 week programme and include M&E, refurbishing and altering the pews, lifting and laying new floor finishes, the relocation of the font, a new porch on the Nartex entrance as well as refurbishment of the kitchen and toilets.

Client: Holy Trinity Development Group
Architect: Bauman Lyons Architects
Contractor: George Houlton & Sons Ltd
Sectors: Leisure, Religious

The works form part of a wide-ranging programme of improvements on the Grade I listed building including a new glazed entrance to encourage visitors in from the newly-revamped Trinity Square. The works, which are due to be completed in the autumn, are the most significant element of the £4.5m transformation is putting the 700-year-old Holy Trinity at the heart of Hull’s exciting regeneration.

AccentHansen’s work included the design and supply and installation of a glass box with substantial steelwork. Design, manufacture, and pre-assembly were completed in the factory before the final assembly on site. The installation plan had to consider the limited weight-bearing capability of the church floor and how to assemble it while the use of the church continued.

One of the main challenges was glazing the roof, as this could not be done with a mini crane as the point loads were too high for the crypts below. The area was scaffolded out with ladder beams and access points along with handrails to distribute the weight. A lifting beam was used to lift the glass into position and bolted back to the steelwork.

The metalwork had a Bronze metal antique finish (BMA) applied to the structure to give it a vibrant brown colour to match the other furniture of the church.