COUNCIL chiefs are celebrating after winning an award for lighting up Durham Castle and Cathedral.
The new energy-efficient floodlights were picked out in the top three around the world at the Auroralia Awards, a scheme recognising sustainable lighting.
John Reed, head of technical services at Durham County Council, said: “To get third prize out of 26 projects shortlisted around the globe is an outstanding achievement. Our scheme uses exterior floodlighting that is not only spectacular but also minimises the environmental footprint.
“It literally shows our world heritage sites in the best possible light.”
Last month, the scheme was highlighted in the outdoor lighting category at the Lux Lighting Awards, and it has also been shortlisted for the heritage prize at next year’s Lighting Design Awards.