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IHBC North Branch & RTPI North East – Bishop Auckland: Heritage Led Regeneration of a Historic Town

5 June - 09:30 - 15:30

£40 – £50

 A joint IHBC North / RTPI North-East CPD event

 IHBC North and RTPI North-East are pleased to announce their joint full-day summer CPD event. A unique opportunity to hear from the architects of the extraordinary transformation of Bishop Auckland, and to visit some of its major projects.

 Venue:                Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Durham DL14 7NP

 Organisers:         IHBC North & RTPI North-East

Download the event programme: IHBC-RTPI Bishop Auckland event 05-06-2024

 Bishop Auckland is enjoying an extraordinary renaissance with unprecedented public and private investment, moving from declining large market town to regional and national cultural destination aided by a suite of heritage led regeneration projects including regenerative tourism.  This joint event with RTPI North East will look at the strategic background and the town wide projects plus an introduction to The Auckland Project, presented by its CEO Edward Perry.

 The day will include two walking tours; Newgate Street, a location for the newly approved STACK development and the Market Place which features Auckland Tower (shortlisted in the 2019 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence heritage and culture category). This will show us first-hand how heritage-led regeneration can have a positive impact on a town experiencing a declining high street. We will also visit Auckland Castle, including the renowned Spanish Gallery, its transformed walled garden and the extraordinary new build project, the Faith Museum.

 This first class CPD opportunity is ideally suited to conservation, planning and design professionals, offering a unique insight into one of the north’s most transformational heritage-led regeneration initiatives.


 09.30 Refreshments and registration

 10.00 Introduction to The Auckland Project by Edward Perry, CEO

 10.30 Bishop Auckland Regeneration Projects: presentation by Chris Myers, Regeneration Manager and Bryan Harris, Senior Conservation Officer at Durham County Council

 11.30 Walking tour and site visits

 13.00 Lunch (provided)

 13.30 Walking tour: Spanish Gallery and Auckland Castle including Faith Museum

 15.15 Close

 Prices:  Tickets to this this full day event are just £40 (+ £8 VAT) to IHBC/RTPI members; and £50 (+ £10 VAT)  to non-members; includes lunch; refreshments and entry to the faith museum / castle / gardens and Spanish Gallery.

 View the event on RTPI’s website: https://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/2024/june/bishop-auckland-heritage-led-regeneration-of-a-historic-town/

 Please book your place on RTPI’s website: https://www.rtpi.org.uk/ne-regenandheritage2024#PaymentAndBooking 

 Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 If you experience any problems when booking, please contact Kim Walker RTPI Regional Coordinator for assistance.

 Getting there: Bishop Auckland is accessible by train and bus, with ample centrally located car parking close to the venue.

 We look forward to seeing you there!


IHBC North Branch


Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Market Place,
Bishop Auckland,, Durham DL14 7NP
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