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Focus Consultants complete role at Auckland Castle

Focus Consultants has completed a project management role for a major conservation scheme at Auckland Castle, the former home of the Prince Bishops of Durham.

The 900-year-old Castle has just re-opened as part of The Auckland Project visitor destination following a three-year conservation project. It uses art, architecture and historic interior design, combined with interactive animation, soundscapes and audio-visual displays, to tell the untold stories of British history to life.

The private apartments where later Bishops lived with their families, are also open to the public for the first time, offering an insight into the domestic lives of the Castle’s former residents. Each room presents episodes in the life of a particular Bishop, capturing a specific moment in time.

Interpretation within the rooms is delivered through a range of interactive media, including soundscapes, animations and audio-visual displays bringing the stories of Auckland Castle to life. A special family trail is available for younger guests, while visitors of all ages are also able to handle some key objects on display, to help them experience the Castle in a more engaging way.

Nottingham-based Focus Consultants, which also has branches in London, Leicester and Newark, was strategic project manager for the conservation scheme and also quantity surveyor for the project manager for the fit out.

Focus Partner, Eleanor Clarke said: “This has been a rewarding and high-profile project to work on and we have been thrilled to see how well received the conservation project at Auckland Castle has been. 

“Auckland Castle has a fascinating history stretching back over 900 years and Focus Consultants was very proud to have overseen this important conservation scheme which opens up more of the Castle to the public and also helps to safeguard it for future generations. The Castle is a key part of The Auckland Project regeneration charity and visitor destination, which takes in various attractions and locations in this part of County Durham.