Conservation Awards

The College is delighted that the chapel restoration project has won a coveted Oxford Preservation Trust conservation award and received a commendation from the Georgian Group in the category Restoration of a Georgian Building.

The year-long project to conserve and refurbish the chapel was selected from a short-list of eleven in the Oxford Preservation Trust’s conservation category. The college was presented with the award at a reception held at St John’s College on 1 November and was one of a total eight plaque winners from among the four categories.

The OPT awards were established in 1927 to celebrate ‘Keeping the best of the old and encouraging the best of the new’.  Trinity is a previous OPT award winner, having won a plaque in 2003 for the creation of the lavender garden in front of Kettell Hall.

Two days later the college was one of two nominees – the other was a project at the Royal Hospital Chelsea – awarded commendations by the Georgian Group for interior restoration projects. The field of entries was strong, and the Group attested that each of the winning and commended schemes represented the very best of its kind.

The chapel reopened in April, following painstaking restoration of the chapel’s interior which returned it to something closer to its original appearance.


Martin Hall, Chapel Surveyor, Steve Griffiths, Buildings Manager, and Alan Lamb, of Swan Farm Studios, carver and woodwork restorer, at the OPT awards presentation

Updated: 4 November 2016

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