Bishop Mark Bryant, is shown how to work the digger by Steve Francis - Gentoo

 Work Begins - Paul Dinsdale - Helios, Bishop Mark Bryant, Steve Francis - Gentoo

Work Begins – Paul Dinsdale – Helios, Bishop Mark Bryant, Steve Francis – Gentoo
Construction work has started on a new circa £2M Diocesan Centre for the Anglican Diocese of Durham. The groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for the Centre on a brownfield site at Stonebridge, near Nevilles Cross, Durham, after several years of planning. The Centre, which is being constructed by the developer, Helios in conjunction with the building contractor, Gentoo, is being provided because the Diocese’s lease at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland is coming to an end. The Centre’s imaginative ‘curved triangular’ design will provide a range of office and meeting spaces and bring together teams from the Castle and the Diocese’s office at Carter House in Durham, will move in when it opens in late 2014 / early 2015. It will also provide a central location for meeting and training events, further strengthening the support of mission right across the diocese.
 Bishop Mark, With New Diocesan Secretary Andrew Thurston

Bishop Mark, With New Diocesan Secretary Andrew Thurston
The Right Reverend Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow, said: “This development will give us a centre fit for purpose for the 21st Century. “It will be well equipped to support the clergy and laity as we help our churches to grow and support communities that are going through difficult times.” New Diocesan Secretary Andrew Thurston said: “It will absolutely great to have a common centre where people can work together and drive the ministry of the Diocese forward. This is a great central location, which will allow us to brings together the two existing locations under one roof in a purpose built cost effective and efficient facility designed to serve the needs of Diocese going forward.” The Revd Canon John Dobson, who chairs the Office Working Group for the Centre, said: “Seeing everything come together on the site is really encouraging. It is very exciting and speaks of a Diocese committed to supporting the churches and communities of this region in the name of Christ; sharing his gospel message. This new diocesan centre will say that we are here to stay and we are here to serve. The
 The Office Working Group, Helios and Gentoo pose for a picture at the commencement of work ground breaking.

The Office Working Group, Helios and Gentoo pose for a picture at the commencement of work ground breaking.
Gentoo Construction’s Commercial Director Steve Francis said: “This is great news for the Diocese and it’s a very high profile scheme for us – we’re proud to be associated with the project – it’s going to be a fantastic building.” Paul Dinsdale, of Helios, which owns the site, previously occupied by a dairy, said: ”It is good for the Diocese to get the project under way, and we are delighted that we are able see the land put to this use, which will benefit the whole area.”

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