Auckland Castle wins a magnificent three RIBA awards - Building of the Year, Conservation Project and North East Regional Award

24 May 2024
New timber building with exo skeleton woven into the existing heritage in Auckland UK

Hailed by the judges as a ‘valuable extension’ to Bishop Auckland, the series of interventions and restoration of the 900-year-old Grade I-listed Auckland Castle has been handed the top prize at the RIBA North East Awards, winning Best Building as well as the Conservation Award and Regional Award. The project is a collaboration with Niall McLaughlin Architects and Purcell

Once the palatial home of the Bishops of Durham, the Grade I listed castle sits in a former deer park. Acquired in 2012 by a trust, now called the ‘Auckland Project’, the castle and contents have been conserved and repaired by Purcell and are open to the public. Together with the new Faith Museum, designed by NMA with Purcell as lead consultant, the project is a central focus for the town’s regeneration.


Read more about the RIBA North East Awards here