05 Sep 2015
Caddick have begun construction works on the ambitious Eleven Arches project after months of negotiations.
The £27m brain-child of millionaire philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer took its first tentative steps towards completion yesterday (Friday, September 4) morning as a lone digger scraped out an access road joining the A689 with a barren Bishop Auckland field.
Former golf course Flatts Farm, situated in a South Durham loop of the river Wear and overlooked by Auckland Castle, will, by next summer, become home to the most ambitious outdoor theatre construction project ever seen in County Durham.
The works will consist of an artificial lake with full-size boats and a 400m-wide stage will have the attention of around 600 visitors per night and draw on the skills of 1,000 volunteers, mostly from Bishop Auckland and surrounding area.
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