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Originally a place of worship for Manchester’s wealthy textile traders, Trinity Church has been brought into the 21st century with a sympathetic conversion by Ollier Smurthwaite Architects. The scheme looks to transform the 142 year-old church into nine apartments, while retaining many of the original features.

Instead of carving up the majestic 130 foot nave, the architects created a series of timber insertions that express the original church columns whilst maintaining the original brickwork features and volume of the nave. Each timber insertion or ‘pod’ offers a unique and contemporary home offering glimpses out to the beautiful original features of the Grade II listed church and private grounds.

Part of the Architects pitch to English Heritage was that the new building would retain the materiality and feel of the original church. Specifying a finish that matched the materiality of existing features such as the organ, exposed ceiling rafters and church pews played a key role in the design approach. 

Russwood were able to provide eight sample panels in different stains which helped the client to colour match against the original rafters. The client selected Russwood’s Chateau smoked antique oak flooring to be used as internal cladding.

“The level of service received from Russwood throughout the build process was second to none. We look forward to working with Russwood again on future projects” said Martin Dourish of Ollier Smurthwaite Architects.

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