Auckland Castle – A Palace fit for a Prince

By contract manager, Dave Wakenshaw

It is always a privilege to work on historic buildings such as the wonderful Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland.

The castle is steeped in history and is believed to date back 1500 years.

A symbol of power and authority, Auckland Castle was one of the primary castles and hunting lodges of the Prince Bishop of Durham. Positioned high above the River Wear, it commands spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

The castle is undergoing refurbishments both internally and externally and we were brought in by Meldrum Construction for the roof which was in a state of disrepair.

Lead roofer, Brian Bowman supervised our first-year pitched roofing apprentice, John Leighton.

I have great confidence in the skills of the team and have been particularly impressed by the competence of John who, as a young apprentice, has shown a great ability to adapt and work under pressure.

The project involves the team repairing Westmorland slate and sand cast lead repairs to ensure the roof is in keeping with its regal look.

With both renovations taking place throughout the castle, it is set to look spectacular when work is completed later in the year.