BUILDING A WARM WELCOME Friday, 17 February 2017
Ground is now being broken on Auckland Castle Trust's new multi million pound Welcome Building, which will stand overlooking the Market Place from 2018.
The building, which will ultimately serve as an information hub for local residents, visitors and tourists, forms part of the charity’s £70m project to revitalise Bishop Auckland and will directly link Auckland Castle to the Market Place.
The contract for its construction, overseen by Darlington-founded professional services company, Turner & Townsend, has been awarded to Bishop Auckland building and engineering firm, VEST Construction.
Over the next 12 months, VEST will supervise hundreds of workers from dozens of subcontractors, all helping to bring the building’s ambitious vision to life.
The construction of the building, supported by The Headley Trust, follows a realignment of the Market Place by Durham County Council, supported by the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP).
Pic caption: Jonathan Ruffer, Chair of Auckland Castle Trust (second left), marks the ground breaking of the Welcome Building with (left to right) Darren Cooke, Contracts Director at VEST Construction, David Cox, Projects Director, Auckland Castle Trust and Bob Kelly, Senior Project Manager, Turner and Townsend. Pic by Barry Pells, courtesy of Auckland Castle Trust
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