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September 2017 - The Auckland Project
From September 21 2017, Auckland Castle Trust will be known as The Auckland Project – a name chosen to reflect its continued evolution and long-term aspirations, while still honouring its Auckland Castle roots.
As part of the changes the Welcome Building has been renamed as The Auckland Tower.
Originally named the Welcome Building, Auckland Tower will be the main visitor centre, welcoming people to The Auckland Project and providing tickets and information. Its design echoes a medieval siege engine, breaking down the barriers between the town and the Castle. Featuring a 29m high tower with a viewing platform, the outside of the building will be adorned with decorative shutters and texts depicting scenes from the Castle's history.
August 2017 - Welcome Building, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
The Concrete tower has reached it's peak and over the next few weeks the scaffold will be stripped ahead of the timber frame which will be commencing in September.
July 2017 - Welcome Building, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
The Concrete spine tower is nearing completion and the timber framing is scheduled to commence in September.
June 2017 - Welcome Building, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
The Concrete spine tower with plank effect visual concrete is progressing well.
May 2017 - Welcome Building, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
Works progressing well after overcoming a series of problems in the ground. Over the next few months the tower will begin to take shape.
February 2017 - Welcome Building, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
In January we commenced works on the construction of the new Welcome Building for Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland.
Darren Cooke from VEST Construction, left and Jonathan Ruffer, from Auckland Castle Trust, on the site of the new Welcome Building in Bishop Auckland
February saw the work commenced in earnest after carrying out some enabling works in January, the official ground breaking ceremony and the arrival of the piling rig to construct the foundations for the £2.5m building.
The design includes a 29m high tower with a 15m viewing platform, offering views across the Castle ground, Bishop Auckland and countryside beyond.
The £2.5m project is due to be complete and open to the public in 2018.
January 2017 - Durham & Newcastle University Minor Works Frameworks
After months of work and deliberation we are please to announce that we have been successful in retaining our place on the Durham University Framework.
We applied for and have been awarded Lot 1 which covers works upto £1m and also Lot 2 which covers works from £500K to £4m. The original Durham University framework that we have been successfully involved with for over 5 years only covered projects up to £2m, so this new framework covers larger projects as well as incorporating construction works at Newcastle University.
We look forward to what we hope will be another very successful 5 year relationship with two major customers.
December 2016 - Merry Christmas & Vest Wishes for 2017
This year we are giving our website visitors the chance to choose where we donate our Christmas Card Charity Donation.
December 2016 - Dundas House, Middlesbrough
Works are continuing on the £750K refurbishment of Dundas House and are scheduled for completion as planned in February 2017.
The works include the adaptation of existing office space to accommodate clinical spaces, exercise/physio suite and offices.
The project is above and access is through a live shopping centre in the middle of Middlesbrough. Also several of the other floors within the 8 storey office block remain occupied during the works. Planning and continual liaison has been the key to the project's success.
December 2016 - Welcome Building, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
In December we were awarded the contract to construct the new Welcome Building for Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland.
Works on the £2.5m project is due to commence in early 2017 and will be complete and open to the public in 2018.
Welcome Building will provide information on other local tourist attractions, accommodation providers, and places to explore within Bishop Auckland.
The building, designed by Niall McLaughlin will stand on the threshold between the town and the castle. Its modern design echoes a great wooden siege engine drawn up against the castle’s fortifications to allow access to the historic inner realm. The building incorporates a dramatic 29 metre high tower that gives unsurpassed views across Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland town, and the rural landscape beyond.
November 2016 - New Website
In November we replaced our old website which has served us well for 12 years with a new mobile friendly website. The new site is still under construction and will be developed further over the next few months.
November 2016 - NCSG Awards
Again two of our site managers received awards from NCSG for their contribution & standards achieved on site for Health & Safety during the last year.
October 2016 - Palace Green Library
Works are progressing well and several historic features have been unveiled and recorded by the archaeologists during the refurbishment and restoration of the Grade 1 listed Exchequer Building at Palace Green Library in Durham for Durham University.
Externally we have installed a graphical wrap to mask the scaffold & construction works on this prominent site in the heart of the World Heritage Site & within the shadow of the Cathedral.
October 2016 - New Trainee Estimator
In October 2016 we decided to commit to employing a Trainee Estimator.
George Crees joins us and will follow in the footsteps of Gary, Lynsey & Richard through a series of company, college and university training over several years. George was former pupil at Carmel RC College in Darlington and we were delighted to be able to offer one their former students a position and employment within our company. It also reinforcing our ties with one of the top performing schools in the country.
September 2016 - Trevelyan College
In September we were awarded the contract to construct a new fitness suite at Trevelyan College for Durham University.
The £300K project is due to start in October and scheduled for completion early 2017.
September 2016 - Herschel Building, Newcastle University
In September we complete and handover our 2nd project of the year at the Herschel Building for Newcastle University.
The two projects were valued at £650K. The first project included the refurbishment of the 1st Floor & the 2nd later project the refurbishment of laboratories in the 2nd floor annex. The works were mainly carried out during term time, so co-ordination and working with the department and other building users was crucial to the works being successful. The works were completed on time we have received excellent feedback from the client and occupants both during and post completion. Our philosophy of understanding and working around the client’s needs certainly helped on this live site and enabled ourselves and the University to function alongside each other.
September 2016 - Dundas House Middlesbrough
In September we were awarded a contract to refurbish and adapt 5 internal floors of Dundas House in Middlesbrough for Middlesbrough Council.
The £750K project is due to start in October and scheduled for completion in February 2017.
July 2016 - Cockton Hill Junior School, Bishop Auckland
In July 2016 we commence works on a classroom extension at Cockton Hill Junior School in Bishop Auckland. The scheme on this local school will bring back memories for many of our employees who are former pupils, including our MD.
The £125K project is due for completion at October half term.
July 2016 - Palace Green Library
In July 2016 we were awarded a £1m contract to refurbish and restore the Grade 1 listed Exchequer Building at Palace Green Library in Durham for Durham University.
Works is due to commence in September and be completed in Spring 2017.
April 2016 - North Ormesby Primary Academy, Middlesbrough
In April 2016 we commence works on a £250K project to extend and alter North Ormesby Primary Academy in Middlesbrough.
Works is due to complete in September for the new academic year.
December 2015 - NCSG Awards
This year three of our site managers received awards from NCSG for their contribution & standards achieved on site for Health & Safety.
August 2015 - Barras Building, Newcastle University
After 12 months the works were completed on the Barras Building for Newcastle University.
The 840K project originally only involved works to the external façade after one of the masonry blocks became dislodges and fell to the street. Upon opening the structure up the corrosion to the façade retention system was worst than originally envisaged, plus there was extensive corrosion to the main structure and roof structure meaning that the roof and several other structural members had to be replaced. During the works the client also took the opportunity to refurbish the interior of the building. Throughout the works the 1st floor which had recently been refurbished remained occupied, this obviously presented its own problems, but through planning and continual liaison or site team completed the works successfully and with minimum disruption to the occupants.
July 2015 - Bedlington Health Centre
In July we completed the works to Bedlington Health Centre.
The £240K project had to be carried out in phases so that the building could remain open to the public during the works. Our works therefore had to be very carefully planned and organised to not only enable to building to operational, but to ensure minimum disruption whilst the works were being carried out.
Overall the works were completed to a high standard and we have received excellent feedback from the client and health centre staff.
June 2015 - Shotley Bridge Hospital, Consett
In June we completed the works to the refurbished Derwent Clinic. The Clinic serves as a base for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust’s (TEWV’s) Adult and Older People’s Mental Health teams, as well as supporting administrative functions.
The building remained fully functional and open to the public from 8am to 8pm daily during the works, so our works had to be carefully planned to enable to building to operational whilst the works were being carried out.
The £225K project comprised of the refurbishment of interior finishes to over approximately 50% of the buildings footprint and minor demolition and space remodelling works to approximately 30% of the building’s footprint. The work areas were scattered throughout the building so had to be planned and carried out in 3 phases so that we could gain safe access and the hospital could remain operational. Where spaces were re-modelled improvements were made to the mechanical and electrical infrastructure. During the works we had to overcome several problems including extensive previously unknown asbestos.
Overall the works were completed to a high standard and very successfully with good feedback from the client and hospital staff.
January 2015 - Company & Project News
We are delighted to announce that we have now achieved a UKAS accredited Integrated Management System. We now hold standards for Quality (ISO 9001:2008), Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2004) and Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001:2007).
During January we commenced a £200K refurbishment at Shotley Bridge Hospital for the NHS, a £90K Refurbishment project at Holy Trinity Rosehill Primary School in Stockton for the Durham Diocese