Saving Church Buildings - BRICK Workshop, Bristol

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 09:30


The Prince’s Regeneration Trust will be hosting its 27th BRICK workshop at St Paul's Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ on Thursday 23rd February 2017 from 9:30am - 4:30pm.

BRICK workshops equip community groups to save and reuse cherished local buildings themselves. The workshop in Bristol will be delivered in partnership with The Churches Conservation Trust and will focus specifically on church buildings. 

The workshop will include expert advice and training from specialists at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust and other partners including the architects Purcell and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Talks will cover legal issues, funding, and design within a church space. There will also be interactive group sessions and opportunities for attendees to ask the experts about their own projects.

The day will include an informal tour of the venue, St. Paul's Church, Bristol. The 'wedding cake church' (so named because of the way that the tower stacks up) was granted a new lease of life by the CCT in partnership with Circomeda, a circus-training school. Featuring a beautifully ornate Georgian plaster ceiling, stone columns and a wealth of decorative stained glass, the historic interior is complemented by state of the art aerial and trapeze equipment and a pale maplewood semi-sprung dance floor. Whilst retaining its original grandeur and the uplifting qualities of light and space, St Paul's has been effectively adapted to incorporate all requirements for a contemporary arts venue. It is now a stunning and well-loved setting perfect for a wide range of events. The adaptations made to the building to enable Circomedia's use do not diminish the beauty of the building. The animated and elegant plasterwork of the nave ceiling and chancel arch and a fine collection of monuments are still clearly visible.

In addition to St. Paul's there will be further case studies from St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol and Inspired North East.



Places on the workshop are £19, which includes lunch and refreshments and can be booked at:

If you need any help with your booking, contact us at: 


T: 020 7613 8500