County Durham Coastal Regeneration Scheme picks up its eleventh award

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Seaham Dock Restoration Project is awarded commendation in Civic Trust ceremony

One of MGM’s most prestigious recent contracts was working for Durham County Council to conserve and restore the Lifeboat House at Seaham Dock, as part of the Seaham Dock restoration project.

In recent years the Council has worked with Seaham Harbour Dock Company, One North East, Friends of North Dock Seaham and the local community to bring about the regeneration of Seaham North Dock, which had fallen into a semi derelict state after the demise of the pits in the early 1990s.  The regeneration of the dock was one of the key objectives of the Seaham Regeneration Strategy undertaken in 1994.

The £4m Seaham project to restore and find new uses for the 19th Century listed Seaham North Dock was a direct result of this collaboration, with the town identified as having potential for tourism.  The regeneration objective was to maximise usage of the town’s greatest asset – the sea.

We completed works centred on the conservation and restoration of the Lifeboat House and the construction of a new building to house a heritage education, sales and display area.  The enhancements provided heritage space where the restored George Elmy Lifeboat, together with other heritage items will be exhibited as a focal point for local residents and visitors to Seaham.

Gary Dillon, Director of MGM Ltd said: “The scheme has given us a great opportunity to work with Durham and meet the challenge of helping to develop the Dock area.  We also worked with the Heritage Lottery Fund (Rising Relics Programme) to provide Heritage Skills Training to the local community through works such as lime pointing and consolidation, removal of render and woodwork skills.”

It is envisaged that the dock will become the central hub for leisure related activity along the East Durham coastline and will provide a destination point along the Durham coastal footpath.

The dock award was the 11th with the project has won over the last two years.