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Bishop Auckland: Heritage Led Regeneration of a Historic Town

05 June 2024 at 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM / North East England / Conference

05 June 2024 at 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Durham, United Kingdom, DL14 7NP
RTPI North East | [email protected]

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 IHBC North will look at the strategic background and the town wide projects plus an introduction to The Auckland Project.

The day will also 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 walled garden and the Faith Museum.


  • 09.30 Refreshments and registration
  • 10.00 Introduction to The Auckland Project by Edward Perry, CEO  
  • 10.30 Bishop Auckland Regeneration Projects
    Presentation from Chris Myers, Regeneration Manager and Bryan Harris, Senior Conservation Officer at Durham County Council
  • 11.30 Walking tour and site visits
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 13.30 Walking tour Spanish Gallery and Auckland Castle including Faith Museum
  • 15.15 Close


View our full programme of events here.

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