The Building


Process to purchase the building

Sale of Trinity Road Police Station is going to tender in February 2019.

The other ideas floating around for the site’s use is for it to be raised to the ground then a tower block of student flats put up in its place. We would suggest that this is not the right use for that site.

We have written a business model to run the building that delivers on social, artistic and economic value returns - meaning we have a viable social enterprise we can run there and can repay a mortgage taken out as a charity. What we need to do now is to raise our deposit and money to fit out the space.

We are looking to raise this deposit through a mix of trusts and foundations, Arts Council England and crowdfunding.

Threats to the Trinity Centre


  • Environmental impact.  The building is in good condition and under 40 years old. Should we really be tearing down perfectly good buildings rather than re-purposing them for new use. Also the amount of energy needed to destroy this bomb and terrorism proof building will be considerable. This is not an environmentally sustainable approach.

  • Our proposal would not include large volume of demolition or construction therefore will reduce disruption to area.


  • A residential development could result in noise complaints to the council about the live music events at Trinity Centre. This would detrimentally impact on the Trinity Centre. Not just its music events but their wider viability and resilience as community resource.

  • Residential developments suffering noise issues from Trinity would lead to an unhappy residents base, which is not good for the community.

    • In recent years, we’ve seen a number of popular live music venues being restricted or closed-down due to new residential schemes. In St Paul’s, Stokes Croft, we are losing our live music venues, and they need protection if Bristol is to remain a cultural hub in the future.

  • The existing wall of Trinity Road Police Station running along Trinity Road is a sound barrier preventing the sound from Trinity reaching existing residential developments behind and next to the site. With this removed it could affect existing communities also.


Brexit could result in a downturn in the economy leading to a developer buying the land then banking it, not wanting to develop it until the economy more stable, resulting in a dilapidated, eyesore, bringing down the area.


Student developments are a controversial topic and only likely to get more controversial in Bristol in 2019 and 2020. The transient, temporary natures of these student populations that are separated from the public do not have a long term interest in the community they reside in therefore do not act to strengthen and build community links.

Old Market’s decline is often attributed to what the Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood plan describes as ‘strategic planning decisions such as the implementation of the inner ring road, slum clearances and the creation of the Broadmead Shopping area have left Old Market and its surrounding neighbourhoods effectively cut of from the city. Much of its long established community was re-housed in other parts of Bristol.’. There is a risk that a student housing development would be another step in that story of decline.

8 positive impacts we deliver for area

1. Creative COmmunity Links

Bricks will connect people in the community with creative projects that help generate a sense of place and connect us with stories from Bristol’s past, present and future.

2. Create jobs

Bricks will create jobs, both supporting the viability of many creative and arts careers by providing the much needed infrastructure to do so but also directly creating jobs in the running of the organisation and subsidiaries enterprises such as the cafe.

3. Boost Local Economy

Bricks will help the local economy, as a catalyst for many people coming to the area to work everyday as well as the people that come to meet them and the audiences that come to see the public projects. There will be spillover spend by these people in the local economy both daytime and nighttime. We will start to shift the centre of gravity of the centre towards us and towards the rest of Trinity.

4. Partnership with Trinity

Bricks will work in synergy and partnership with Trinity Centre with a complimentary offer that created value for society that is greater than the sum of our parts.

5. Community Partnership

Bricks will aim to be a positive, long term partner in the local community

6. Bringing Artists to Bristol

Bricks will bring artists and audiences to the area, fostering new connections and promoting the area nationally and internationally.

8. Engage with theNeighbourhood Plan

Old Market Neighbourhood Plan notes the need for ‘flexible workspaces’, ‘nursery provision’, ‘community spaces’ and a ‘market area’ all of which we could provide.



We have been speaking with people about this project across the city and have had unequivocal support. Here are some of the people that have expressed support so far:

  1. Emma Harvey - Trinity Centre

  2. Paul Bradburn - Old Market Neighbourhood Association

  3. Jayne Wittlestone - United Communities

  4. Leighton De Burca - Placemaking Bristol

  5. Annie McGann - Save Bristol Nightlife

  6. Stacey Yelland - Up Your Street

  7. Elise Hurcombe - Bristol City Council

  8. Kamina Walton - Rising Arts Agency

  9. Emily Bull - Creative Youth Network

  10. Claire Doherty - Arnolfini

  11. Robert Leckie - Spike Island

  12. Paula / Oliver - Brunswick Club

  13. Matthew Austin - Mayfest

  14. DIY Arts Group -

  15. UWE -

  16. UOB -

  17. ACE -

  18. BCC (Executive) -