The development of Trinity will enable our capacity to rise by 50% each year, an additional 1,000 visitors will enjoy a stay on board.
This major capital project will require an investment of £1.5 million.
Our plans include:
- an additional large meeting area that can be flexible to meet the needs of a diverse range of guests.
- 12 more guest beds in six en-suite cabins, taking our capacity from 36 to 48 beds, including one cabin for a disabled person.
- a new de-humidified kit storage area enabling better care of our equipment and an improved living space.
- a reduction in heating energy costs by using a sustainable energy technology.
The works will be done in 5 phases during the winter months, this will ensure that there is no impact on the groups that come and stay onboard Trinity.
Phase 1. Winter 2016/17 – Clear engine room and foredeck. Build 'whaleback' foredeck kit store. Completed on budget - £200,000
Phase 2. Winter 2017/18 – Build deckhouse meeting room, extend lookout & glaze light tower. Estimate £450,000 - almost fully funded.
Phase 3. Winter 2018/19 – Fit out lower deck cabins and toilets & showers. Estimate £350,000
Phase 4. Winter 2019/20 – Fit spiral stairway. Fit out main deck cabins and reception. Estimate £300,000
Phase 5. Winter 2020/21 – Re-fit galley. Install ground source heating and ventilation system. Estimate £200,000
To keep up to date with the latest developments of the project, read our Trinity3 blog.
The Project plan
We will do the work in five stages each winter. This enables us to maintain our usual programme of activities and to avoid letting down guests and users. It also allows us to manage the project in stages and to have some fundraising and preparation time between each phase.
Our plan is to convert the engine room into six cabins with en-suite accommodation. We will reconfigure the light tower to form a central atrium, providing continuous stairway access from the entrance down to the lower deck, and up to the top of the tower.
On the main deck, we propose to create a large reception area and space around the central staircase and increase the galley area. The toilets and showers will be relocated to the lower deck.
The forward portion of the foredeck has been covered with a 'whaleback' roof for the storage of kit, including waterproofs (which are often damp and were previously stored inside Trinity). This space can be heated and dehumidified. The large anchor windlass on the foredeck has been removed to create an outside training space, especially welcome for larger groups kitting up before activities.
It's on the upper (boat) deck that we plan to build the most obvious additions to Trinity, but in such a way as they harmonise with the traditional lines and style of the ship. The 'lookout' will be extended to meet the light tower and then continued further aft as far as the heli deck. This will create a large versatile room providing excellent views over the saltmarsh and wider estuary, and it will be furnished with doors opening on to the heli deck.
The proposed design has been reviewed and refined in detail by the architect who designed the conversion from lightship in 1990. Trinity House, the original owner of the ship, has advised us on the stability and structural aspects of the design.
Upgrading Services, Green Heating
The project not only provides a chance to develop and improve Trinity but also to refurbish some of the services that have been in service for the last 25 years. Plumbing, heating and all services on board can be upgraded and renewed as required, ensuring that they are ready for the next 25 years.
Energy costs are rising and this has a significant impact on our costs. The development gives us the opportunity to implement new green technologies, including ground-source heating, better ventilation and better insulation. All good for the environment, our guests and our budget.