Dock transformation wins yet another award

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A DOCK has taken delivery of its third award within a week in recognition of the difference its redevelopment has made.

The transformation of Seaham’s North Dock into a £3.2million marina has seen it gain berths for boats, units for businesses and a heritage centre.

It recently won Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ North-East Renaissance Awards for tourism and leisure, and another in its tourism category.

Now it has added another title to its accolades after it was announced as one of five winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (Riba) North East Awards.

Napper Architects, which worked on the scheme, collected the title for North East Building of the Year, with all the winners to be considered for a national award.

Peter Buchan, chairman of the Riba North East Regional Council, said: “Sometimes this excellence is demonstrated in big landmark buildings, but often it is in the passionate execution of the modest and the day to day, in ways which touch upon and enhance the lives of many.

“This year’s North East Regional awards are no exception, as can be seen from the variety and quality of our winning buildings.”

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration for Durham County Council, which led the dock project, said: “The regeneration of the North Dock has been a long time in the making, with the idea of creating a marina first being discussed more than 10 years ago.

“This award is another excellent reflection of the long-term commitment and hard work involved in bringing this very successful scheme to fruition.

“We are very proud of the marina development.

“As well as being a highly-successful design project, it is also of enormous benefit to the community, who have welcomed the opportunity to make the most of this fantastic location.”