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Trinity Hospital, Retford, is a Grade II listed Alms House in Retford. Trinity Hospital was established in 1671 with an endowment from the Will of Dr John Darrel of West Retford. He left his own property, Retford Hall, to provide accommodation and hospitality for 15 gentlemen, who were in a particular need.
That same hospitality is offered today within the Grade II Listed Alms houses on Hospital Road in Retford offering accommodation to 15 residents with a further unit for the Matron and there is a small Chapel centrally located within the main building.
This Victorian built, long, low shaped building with protecting wings and screen wall is typical of its time with Neo-Tudor brick and stone dressings. The central feature is a later addition, making it symmetrical, with the remodelled chapel block, tall chimney stacks and clock tower completed with Welsh slate roof and spire finial. The range of Gothic brick Almshouses, form three sides of a courtyard, with gable ends and stone mullions.
Carl is the retained architect for the Trinity Hospital Estate who own a number of properties in Retford and who have close links with Lincoln Cathedral. Following the success of a number of projects for the Estate, we were asked to review the Holy Trinity Hospital. The grade II listed building had limited social space for the residents and the brief was to provide a modern extension to the rear of the property to provide a meeting room/ visitor’s bedroom, accessible shower room and an activity room.
A number of proposals were prepared to evaluate the site and establish the most appropriate layout. The preferred design carefully respects the existing architecture of the Alms House and creates two distinct sides. A traditional courtyard reflecting the architectural language of the Alms House on the public side and a contemporary glazed façade, providing open and uninterrupted views into the garden.
On the courtyard side elevation, the extension was traditionally constructed using matching red brickwork with stone dressings and stone parapet, the courtyard is hard landscaped using stone flags and incorporates a water feature and raised beds.
The garden elevation is constructed in a contrasting contemporary style using a steel frame structure with large glazed façade, facing away from the existing hospital, allowing uninterrupted views of the stunning garden. The roof constructed in zinc, has a glazed roof light to the rear.
Internally the existing rear wall has been moved to provide a larger meeting room with accessible wc and small kitchenette.
- Trinity Hospital
- Trinity Hospital Estates
- Internal Alterations and Extension
- Grade II