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Trinity Works

Trinity Works is a new creative hub for Colchester created by HAT Projects as developer. Repurposing a 1970s church designed by local architect Bryan Thomas, in the heart of the town centre, it is home to our offices, Colchester MakerSpace, and a new independent plant-led café, Patch.

The building is a centre for creative activity, with the MakerSpace running a programme of community classes, events and professional development workshops alongside studios to rent, and shared access to workspace and tools for making. It specialises in providing access to ceramics and printmaking equipment, such as kilns, wheels, silkscreens, letterpress and risograph.

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We converted the church in a light-touch, low-cost fashion, working with local trades and managed ourselves from our existing offices a few seconds down the road. We completed the conversion in less than 8 months from purchase.

Trinity Works opened in July 2018 and was longlisted for the RIBA MacEwen Award, celebrating 'architecture for the common good' that demonstrates a clear social purpose.

Trinity Works and HAT Projects were also featured in Architects' Journal in an edition focusing on architects who design their own workspaces. As well as the article (available to read here), they also produced a short film by Jim Stephenson.

Photography: Andy Matthews and Ivan Jones. Film: Jim Stephenson