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Application to Bring Historic Building Back to Life

29 May 2018

An application has been submitted to conserve the Grade I listed West Mural Tower and bring it back into use as a learning and education space.

The tower, which is believed to date back to the 15th century, was originally built as a defensive gatehouse in the western wall surrounding Auckland Castle, when it served as a private palace for the Prince Bishops of Durham.

After falling into disrepair over the centuries, the tower was made safe in recent years, with The Auckland Project working in partnership with Durham County Council and Historic England to prevent any further damage and consider its long-term future.

Now, plans have been developed by Doonan Architects to repair and refurbish the historic structure and give it a new purpose for the local community.

If the plans are approved by Durham County Council, work would likely begin in late summer following a tender process to appoint a suitable contractor, with a view to the building being in use for education and learning by early 2019.

The Auckland Project is offering a small group of volunteers, aged 16 and over, the opportunity to be closely involved in following the restoration through to completion.

Anyone keen to know more is asked to register their interest by e-mailing by Friday 29 June.


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