Environmental Awards 2019


The Auckland Project are celebrating after success at the annual County Durham Environmental Awards on Wednesday, 23 October 2019.

Organised by Durham County Council, the awards have been running for 30 years and celebrate achievement in the built and natural environment. The awards were announced at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, at an event attended by nominees from across the county.

The Auckland Project was chosen as the winner of three categories and was highly commended in another.

In the Built Environment category, Auckland Tower took the top prize for its design symbolism of the future for Bishop Auckland, with the Mining Art Gallery highly commended. The restoration of West Mural Tower was the winner in the Craftsmanship category.

Auckland Tower was the winner of the Outstanding Award in the Built Environment category.

The awards also single out a project or group for an outstanding contribution to the community, built or natural environment. This award recognises good practice, ground-breaking change, something that can be replicated locally, regionally and nationally, commitment and enthusiasm.

Success was also had by other local organisations and businesses, including our sister charity Eleven Arches, who were joint category winners for Volunteer Group of the Year for Kynren, and won an Outstanding Award for Community, for their contribution to the revitalisation of Bishop Auckland.

Parkhead Hotel won the Green Business Award and were recognised as Outstanding for their green business ethics.

Bishop and Coundon in Bloom were Highly Commended in the Volunteer Group category, supported by our Parks and Gardens Team.

Cultivate for Life were Joint Category Winners for Volunteer Group of the Year, alongside Kynren. Our Community Team worked with this group and are delighted to celebrate their success.

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