Having undertaken a detailed survey and maintenance inspection, Martin Hall was asked to arrange and oversee the repair and restoration of the 17th century chapel. Bringing together a team of expert craftsmen, Martin advised the college and oversaw the year-long restoration project – the chapel’s first for some 80 years.
At the 2016 Oxford Preservation Trust Awards the restoration and conservation of Trinity College chapel was selected from 11 entrants as the joint winner of the 2016 Plaque, the premier award in the Building Conservation category. Described by the judges as a ‘tour de force’, the work of the skilled conservationists won unanimous acclaim from a panel of their peers.
The project was overseen by the Chapel Surveyor Martin Hall and the college provided the main contractor services under the management of their Buildings and Maintenance Manager Steve Griffiths. Alan Lamb, of Swan Farm Studios, undertook the highly skilled conservation of the Grinling Gibbons carvings, restoration of the Juniper panelling and re-gilding works whilst York Glazing Trust cleaned the stained glass windows and re hung the Isaac Williams window. The Pierre Berchet ceiling paintings were conserved by Jenny Granville, and Cliveden Conservation undertook plaster conservation and cleaning. Decorations were carried out by Harris & Thompson and the chapel was sensitively re-lit by SMY electrical to the design of Mark Sutton Vane Associates.
Pictured with the award are, from left to right, Martin Hall of Hall & Ensom, Steve Griffiths of Trinity College, and conservator Alan Lamb of Swan Farm Studios.
What Clients Say
None of this work would have been possible without the skill and attention to detail of many craftsmen and women, from several prestigious conservation bodies and from Trinity’s own workshop—their input has been a remarkable labour of love.