A TEAM of volunteers is celebrating bringing a centuries-old County Durham building back from the brink with the help of Tynedale businesses.

Extensive conservation work has saved the historic West Mural Tower, in Bishop Auckland, safeguarding it for future generations as part of the Auckland Project’s mission to revitalise the town.

West Mural Tower sits in the grounds of 900-year-old Auckland Castle and had fallen into a state of disrepair.

The transformation had been funded primarily by the Auckland Project, with a £50,000 grant from Historic England as part of the Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone scheme and £5,000 from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The Auckland Project’s volunteers joined Tyne Valley-based specialist building contractors, Heritage Consolidation, to carry out a six-month restoration programme.

Designs were used from Hexham-based Doonan Architects.

And stone from Ladycross Quarry in Slaley was also brought in to replace masonry that had been badly eroded over time. A specialist geologist had discovered that the stone from Ladycross was the closest match to the original stonework of the West Mural Tower.