‘Could you be the king for our castle?’ – project manager wanted for Sunderland fortress

Friends of Hylton Castle Chair Keith Younghusband ( right) with members Pam Tate and Bill Higham celebrating the submission of a heritage lottery funding bid to restore the castle.

Friends of Hylton Castle Chair Keith Younghusband ( right) with members Pam Tate and Bill Higham celebrating the submission of a heritage lottery funding bid to restore the castle.

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THE search is on to find the right person help turn a Sunderland castle into a multimillion pound tourist attraction.

The appointment of a project manager is the first step in taking forward the vision to develop Hylton Castle into an education and exhibition venue.

The role is funded by money awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in April and the project manager will lead a team to submit a second bid for a further £3million.

Plans for the 15th century castle include the creation of an educational area, exhibition space, a cafe, meeting rooms, while the grounds will be able to stage events.

The role, appointed by Sunderland City Council, will be fixed-term for up to 12 months initially, with a possible extension of a further two years.

“The appointment of a project manager is the next step in the bid submission process to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of Hylton Castle,” said Councillor John Kelly, portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture.

“The project manager will work with the Hylton Castle Project steering group to lead a procurement process to appoint a design team who will be instrumental in developing the stage 2 bid in consultation with the Hylton Castle community.”