The Auckland Project


The Auckland Project

We have come a long way since 2012, when Auckland Castle Trust was set up with a vision to use culture and heritage as a catalyst for regeneration and to reinvigorate the town of Bishop Auckland.

Five years later, with several significant milestones along the way and tremendous support from many organisations and individuals, we are up and running, with £50m worth of contracts already awarded and £130m committed overall.

We are becoming The Auckland Project to mark this move from ideas into action and reflect the scale and ambition of our enduring purpose beyond the bricks and mortar.

Why Auckland Project?

It is important to keep ‘Auckland’ in our name because of our strong link to Auckland Castle and to the town of Bishop Auckland. The transformation of Auckland Castle – a 900-year-old bishop’s palace – from an unknown private dwelling into a vibrant, world class, art, faith and heritage destination, remains central to our plan.

‘Project’ reflects the long-term perspective of our regeneration ambition for future generations. This mission, to work with the local community and other partners to raise aspirations and opportunities through arts, heritage and a culture of learning, will continue to evolve, even when the physical destination is complete.

As a visitor attraction, The Auckland Project will comprise several related elements in and around the town, as well as the Castle itself. They include the creation of a Faith Museum, Spanish Gallery and Mining Art Gallery; a Walled Garden; a new Auckland Tower visitor centre; the Deer Park; a hotel and a number of restaurants.

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