Retail and CommercialAuckland Tower - part of The Auckland Project, Bishop Auckland

Auckland Tower - part of The Auckland Project, Bishop Auckland

The Auckland Project is a visitor destination, with a mission to use art and heritage to revitalise Bishop Auckland and the surrounding region. To date, approaching £150m has been committed to achieving this long-term ambition, with £50m worth of construction related contracts awarded to predominantly regional firms. We have provided pre and post contract quantity surveying and principal designer services on numerous developments.

Auckland Tower is The Auckland Project's welcome centre and first port of call for visitors. It is made up of a purpose built, two storey ticketing, information and display building, with an adjoining 29m high tower complete with a viewing platform 15m high.

There is also a single storey building for ancillary facilities. All buildings and structures are timber framed.

Auckland Tower was designed by award-winning architects Niall McLaughlin to evoke temporary structures from history, such as siege engines, drawn up against the walls of nearby Auckland Castle and represents barriers being broken down between the Castle and the town.

Contract period: 53 weeks

Contract Value: £2.3million

Procurement route: JCT standard building contract with quantities 2011