The Market Place at Christmas


First entitled ‘Christmas Future’ – This was my impression of how our market place was going to look once the Auckland Tower was completed.  It was exciting times, seeing the future of Bishop Auckland being moulded.

Now the Tower is complete and my thoughts turned out close to accurate, this picture is now our present, and so we thought we had better re-title it to suit.


The stunning Auckland Project opened on 20th October 2018

The mighty Prince Bishops of Durham resided at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Few places in Britain have been home to men of such immense power and influence.

The Auckland Project is of national significance and captures the imagination in restoring the 900 year old castle as part of a multi-million pound conservation programme. Centred in and around the castle the project includes a Spanish Gallery and restaurant, Faith Museum, Mining Art Gallery, reimagined Walled Garden and Deer Park.

A stunning, iconic building designed by the award winning architectural practice Niall McLaughlin marks the gateway to the project. Comprising a 30 metre high tower designed to look like a seige engine – a portable tower that in time of war was pushed against the stone walls of a castle by enemies who were wanting to invade – together with a galleried welcome building, the Auckland Tower was opened on the 20th October 2018. It provides spectacular views from a 15 metre high viewing platform.

Auckland Tower was manufactured and built by Inwood Developments. The finely engineered structure was manufactured using European Larch glulam beams erected on site from mid 2017 to mid 2018. Sioo Wood Protection are immensely proud that their SiOO:X Light-Grey Pigmented Wood Protection system was specified and used to provide the timber protection and decorative finish for this challenging inspirational project.

The external timber doors and windows and shutter screens are also treated with the same SiOO:X Protection system.

The Auckland Tower and Welcome building is the most complete example of SiOO:X at work on a building composed of a multiplicity of wooden forms – large scale columns and beams, window frames, door structures, cladding and rain screens. The gallery pictures show how the SiOO:X treatment responds to different light, bringing the structure to life in a spectacular manner in sunlight and also how the natural grey colouring compliments the colours of the materials in the townscape.

Artwork Print or Original

Colour Pallet



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