Holy Trinity, Sunderland

Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Holy Trinity church is currently undergoing an ambitious project to conserve and regenerate this hugely significant Grade I building, with the vision to reconnect the city with its past. The Holy Trinity regeneration project will see the church transformed into a new venue for culture, heritage and learning, where the stories of Old Sunderland are brought to life through interpretation, events and performances.

Work commenced onsite in August 2019, the same year that Holy Trinity celebrated its 300th anniversary. The £4.3million project will allow for extensive conservation and repair works on the building, including brick and masonry, rainwater goods and drainage and plaster and joinery work.  Due to the sensitivity of the building there will be minimal interventions, but there will be improvements to heating and lighting, and the provision of toilets and a servery. The building works will be undertaken by local contractor, Historic Property Restoration Ltd, who are based in North Shields.

The project to save this building and find a sustainable future has been in development since 2013.  Working with the local community and a diverse group of partners such as the local authority, the Cultural Spring, Sunderland University, Sunderland Music Education Hub, ATG Creative Learning Team at Sunderland Empire and Sunderland College, we have ensured the future plans for the site are part of the wider cultural and heritage strategy for Sunderland.

Holy Trinity will reopen in Autumn 2020 with a grand celebration! But there will be plenty of opportunities to visit the site during the construction works as part of our public craft skills programme (details coming soon). 


If you’d like to know more about the project, please see out Q&A document below, or get in touch directly with our Regeneration Team [email protected]. To keep up to date with the latest goings on, please visit our facebook and twitter pages

Holy Trinity Regeneration Project Q&A Sept 19.pdf