Trinity Church is a landmark A-listed building that occupies a prominent site within Irvine.
Its development is a vital element in the regeneration of Irvine town centre and an important step in preserving the historic centre of the town of Irvine in Scotland.
Over many years the building had fallen into a severe state of disrepair. Now Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, in partnership with North Ayrshire Council and Trinity Church Trust, has secured the building as a future development opportunity.
The work began with the removal of a pigeon infestation and subsequent clean-up of the building in April 2009.
R & R Construction was selected as contractors. In the course of 2009 a new roof was put on the building and a comprehensive survey of the church spire carried out. This work was completed in February 2010.
As a result of the survey, North Ayrshire Council provided additional funding to carry out initial upgrade works to the spire. This work is also complete.
In February 2011 funding of £500,000 was received from the Historic Scotland Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme. This funding allowed a second phase of works to take place, including the comprehensive repair of the main church and hall, along with conservation work on the tower and spire.
The regeneration of the landmark building has seen the removal of the Rose Window.
Refurbishment work started on site in November 2012. The main contractor was Fleming Masonry (Glasgow). The work lasted approximately 42 weeks. This work was supported and funded by the Council in partnership with Historic Scotland and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company.
In May 2013, another milestone in the regeneration of Trinity Church was reached with the reinstatement of the stunning stained glass windows.
North Ayrshire Council are now marketing the refurbished church as a development opportunity to potential end-users.
Local young people have been involved in the regeneration of the church in three education projects which also contributed to learning as part of Curriculum for Excellence. Young people took part in three separate competitions:
- to design two new stained glass windows
- to design carvings for pillar capitols
- to design a weathervane and crownstone for the spire