Work starts on Diocese centre

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WORK has started on a new £2million headquarters for the Anglican Diocese of Durham.

The groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for the Diocesan Centre on a site at Stonebridge, near Neville’s Cross, Durham.

It is being built because the diocese’s lease at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland is coming to an end. The building will have an unusual “curved triangular” design and have a range of office and meeting spaces.

The Right Revered 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 be 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.”