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Rainton Construction begin work on the historic Walled Garden, Auckland Castle

Monday, December 4 2017

The MGL Group’s Rainton Construction is delighted to begin work on the restoration of Auckland Castle's 17th century Walled Garden, situated just outside Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Rainton Construction, based in Durham, has begun early preliminary works at the Walled Garden, which is being restored as part of The Auckland Project’s wider £130m revitalisation project, and previously worked with The Auckland Project’s sister charity, Eleven Arches on the site for the open-air show, Kynren- an epic tale of England.

The specialist groundworks team are now on site, clearing rubble, preserving and storing historically significant stonework, and preparing access routes to allow for further works to commence throughout 2018.

The work currently being undertaken by Rainton Construction will continue until February 2018 and is phase 1 of The Auckland Project’s plans to reimagine the walled garden as it would have been hundreds of years ago.

Following the initial phase of works, Rainton Construction will be working on site throughout 2018, completing a complex earth removal exercise, insitu reinforced concrete retaining structures, as well as works to all the Grade 1 listed walls and new pedestrian access ways involving extensive paving.

Managing Director Dave Elliott said ‘We are delighted to be part of such a prestigious project, and look forward to seeing it’s transformation over the next 12 months. The Auckland Project’s plans to revitalise the Walled Garden will create a wonderful heritage destination to be enjoyed by visitors from across Durham and beyond.

“As a Durham based company, we are acutely aware of the importance and significance of Auckland Castle, and our predominantly local workforce is especially proud to be involved in the project.”

Supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Headley Trust, the Walled Garden is due to open to the public in 2018.