Trinity clocktower project delayed until next year

Trinity Theatre’s latest project ‘Open Trinity’, which will see the clocktower open to the public as a viewing space over Tunbridge Wells has been pushed back to 2024.

The project, which will allow people to view the town from the Grade II listed building’s rooftop, is delayed due to structural works being carried out.

Trinity Chief Executive Nick Mowat told the Times: “We do have a further delay due to the need to complete some metalworks before some of the stonework can be attended to.”

This is the latest in a series of setbacks, as the project was meant to open in 2022 and was then pushed back to spring of this year. The logistics are challenging, as the theatre has been kept open during construction work.

The project, which has been years in the making, will ensure that original elements are retained and restored in the former church, designed by Decimus Burton, to preserve the history of the building.

The charity-run arts venue has received £506,700 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to bring this project to fruition, in addition to a £300,000 grant by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council as well as a previous £26,000 NLHF grant.

Mr Mowat cannot confirm a timescale, but believes it will be 2024 before the clocktower will open to the public.

Once complete, it will see a vertical route constructed up to the rooftop platform, where panoramic views of the town can be enjoyed.

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