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Good Morning Everyone,

You may think this is a strange building, for it is certainly distinctive.

This is the Auckland Tower a pivotal building in the Auckland Project, a plan to regenerate Bishop Auckland.

It was difficult to get a close view and the grey sky was a hindrance but I hope that will not prevent you from learning about it.

For many centuries, Bishop Auckland was a thriving market town but since the demise of the mining industry, like many British towns, it has been affected by an economic and social decline. Today, there is an intention to use art, faith and heritage as a ‘circuit breaker’ to drive regeneration in the local community - hence the Auckland Project was initiated.

The Auckland Tower was designed by Nìall McLaughlin, and stands on the threshold between the town and the Castle. Its modern design echoes historic structures, like a great wooden siege engine drawn up against the Castle’s fortifications to allow access to the historic inner realm.

The Tower also features a number of striking architectural details, including decorated tiles and ceiling panels.“ It is built using 'old fashioned' techniques and is well worth visiting.

The Auckland Project is wholly regenerative in its aspiration. It begins with the observation that real change in a community takes place over generations, and our plans are, accordingly, conceived on this timescale. They were initiated in 2010; The Auckland Project was founded in 2012, the year that Jane and I came to live in Bishop Auckland-Jonathan Ruffer, Founder of The Auckland Project

This building is remarkable.
I will add a photograph from its interior and, one from the roof to reveal the views.

I hope you have managed to plough through all these notes but I thought they were important - Bev :-)

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