We’ve been working hard behind the scenes with Northern Stage on their plans for transforming Stage 3, to create a new contemporary space for audiences and performers alike.

We’re starting to see this pay off now as works began on site. The space has already changed dramatically and we can’t wait to see it develop further.


Over the past couple of months we’ve been working closely with the Churches Conservation Trust to manage a small but highly significant piece of work at the Grade I listed Holy Trinity church in Sunderland.

Supported by the Coastal Revival Fund, works have been completed to repair and conserve the 3 original Eighteenth century entrance doors to the West elevation. The doors were in poor condition and had been subject to inappropriate repairs over more recent times, with two of the doors no longer openable.

Completed by Rupert McBain Furniture, these conservation works have ensured that the doors can continue to be a significant part of the building operation and can welcome visitors in a manner that befits the scale and significance of this important historic asset.

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This weekend Durham County Council are re-opening Wharton Park to the public. We were lucky enough to attend a preview on Monday evening, and the weather did us proud. It’s great to see our new heritage centre in use, and we can only hope the sunshine comes through on Saturday.

For more information on the opening weekend, check out Durham County Council’s website here


Wharton Park Heritage Centre

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In between the unseasonal bouts of snow and hail, we managed a site visit earlier this week to take a walk around the nearly complete Heritage Centre at Wharton Park. We were pleased to see that the external timber fins have now been installed, and they really bring the building together.

Tree works throughout the park have opened up lost views out across the city and the Cathedral was looking spectacular, even if it is undergoing some works of its own at the moment.