Future Plans 2016-2020


At the heart of our vision is the ambition to revitalise Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area.

A recent report by leading business management consultancy, Ernst & Young, shows that The Auckland Project’s Future Plans could have a hugely beneficial effect on the county, with more than 190,000 visitors to Auckland Castle by 2020.

Coupled with Kynren by Eleven Arches and the other Bishop Auckland projects, this figure has the potential to reach more than 430,000 visitors, boosting the local economy by £20m a year.

The Auckland Project is working closely with a wide range of businesses, including Durham County Council and Visit County Durham, to manage this influx and to ensure the benefits are felt across all sectors.

In partnership with the Teesside office of Turner and Townsend, we are already working with a range of County Durham contractors to bring our ambitious vision to life, including: Redfern Building ServicesT Manners & Sons Ltd and VEST Construction

We are also offering WorldHost Ambassador Workshops to give people working within Bishop Auckland the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in customer service.

The Auckland Project hopes to create thousands of additional opportunities for training and skills development over the coming months and years, including more than 60 apprenticeships, covering everything from catering to horticulture. Full details of these opportunities will be publicised here as they become available.

We are thankful to everyone who is already supporting this vision and playing their part in the regeneration, including all The Auckland Project’s existing donors and project partners


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