Teesdale arts complex bags property award

Teesdale arts complex bags property 'Oscar'

Teesdale arts complex bags property 'Oscar'

First published in News by , Reporter (Barnard Castle & Teesdale)

A MULTI-MILLION pound renovation project of a landmark arts complex has bagged a regional property award and is in the running for a national planning honour.

The £3.2m restoration of the Grade II listed Witham Hall, in Barnard Castle, was judged the best building conservation project at the RICS North East Renaissance Awards.

The Witham renovation has also been shortlisted in the annual Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) awards in the best planning and built heritage category.

The project to redevelop The Witham Hall provided a new cultural, community and commercial hub in the centre of Barnard Castle with event space, studios, offices and meeting rooms.

At the same time, Durham County Council refurbished and extended the adjacent library.

At the Renaissance Awards, Middlesbrough’s The Gateway, a recently opened rehabilitation and care facility for people with neurological injuries, was named project of the year as well as taking away the community benefit award.

Other winners included the Littlehaven promenade and sea wall, at South Shields, which received the infrastructure award and Seaham North Dock, which won the tourism leisure prize.

The event was hosted by George Clarke, best known as Channel 4’s Restoration Man.

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8:41am Sat 26 Apr 14

studio says...

Really pleased about this. Ive used the facility for various activities and think its great. Really good to see the local community supporting the different events at the Hall too, long may that continue!

A good news story for a change! Blimey!
Really pleased about this. Ive used the facility for various activities and think its great. Really good to see the local community supporting the different events at the Hall too, long may that continue! A good news story for a change! Blimey! studio
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10:10am Sun 27 Apr 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

The local community will support the Witham only as long as the Witham supports the local community. Some of the decisions that have been taken lately are short sighted and wrong.

Who on earth thought it was a good idea to 'ban' buggies for the disabled from the Witham, the solution being to transfer the disabled person into a manual wheelchair with the assistance of the volunteers at the Witham. So we are supposed to accept that the buggies are a unacceptable Health and Safety risk but the manual handling of disabled people by untrained volunteers is not? Huge amounts of money was invested turning the Witham into a venue that was MEANT to be fully accessible and now disabled members of the community are effectively being banned.

Disabled buggies mean freedom of movement being pushed around in a manual wheelchair by another person is not the same at all.
The local community will support the Witham only as long as the Witham supports the local community. Some of the decisions that have been taken lately are short sighted and wrong. Who on earth thought it was a good idea to 'ban' buggies for the disabled from the Witham, the solution being to transfer the disabled person into a manual wheelchair with the assistance of the volunteers at the Witham. So we are supposed to accept that the buggies are a unacceptable Health and Safety risk but the manual handling of disabled people by untrained volunteers is not? Huge amounts of money was invested turning the Witham into a venue that was MEANT to be fully accessible and now disabled members of the community are effectively being banned. Disabled buggies mean freedom of movement being pushed around in a manual wheelchair by another person is not the same at all. OldBiddyFrom Barney
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