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The firm driving forward the Bigg Market regeneration is poised to take forward a second landmark scheme in the North East.
North Shields based Historic Property Restoration (HPR) Limited has been working on the £3.2m revamp of Newcastle’s historic Bigg Market since May, as part of moves to bring it back to its glory days.
Now the firm has been appointed as principal contractor for the construction phase of a National Lottery-funded project at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland.
The firm was appointed to the National Trust property following a Europe-wide procurement process.
Formerly the direct labour arm of English Heritage, the company now employs 65 people and has been involved in a number of high profile projects including work at Alnwick Castle, Fountains Abbey and Gateshead Old Town Hall.
Seaton Delaval Hall’s project manager Helen Nisbet said: “We’re delighted to have confirmed HPR Ltd for this work.

There's nothing that says Christmas quite like the scent you smell walking into a room where there's a real Christmas tree.
Not only does a real Christmas tree smell divine, it looks great, and choosing the perfect one should be as much a part of the festive tradition as pulling crackers and singing carols.
Here's your chance to win a real Christmas tree, that you can pick yourself, courtesy of Edelweiss Christmas Tree Company.
We've teamed up with the North East's premier Christmas tree retailer to offer five lucky readers a real Christmas tree up to the value of £70.
All you have to do to enter the competition is comment on our Facebook post which year Edelweiss Christmas Tree Company was established by 4pm on Friday, November 30.
A winner will then be selected at random after the competition closes. Terms and conditions apply.

In a year where one of Britain's most famous pub chains banned dogs, animal lovers will be pleased to know there are still many bars where they can enjoy a pint with their pup.
And in the North East - where saying you're 'taking the dog for a walk' has historically meant you're sneaking off for a crafty drink - there are plenty of pubs to take your pooch to.
Dog sitting website DogBuddy.com has been running the Dog-friendly Pub Awards for three years. Last year, Seaton Delaval's The Keel Row was crowned the North East's most dog friendly pub.
And The Keel Row has retained its crown in the 2018 awards, which were decided by a public vote.
The Keel Row fought off fierce competition from a number of dog-friendly watering holes across the North East but held on to the top spot after accumulating the most votes.
Sharon Herron, the licensee of The Keel Row, said: "We are over the moon to receive this award again and happy to remain as a dog-friendly pub. Winning the award last year brought us even more customers with their pooches. We have also had a couple of dog parties in the bar area where the owners brought their retired greyhounds and they had a ball."

A man has been taken to hospital after being allegedly stabbed in Seaton Delaval.
The North East Ambulance Service was called to Kearsley Close in the Northumberland village just before 2pm on Friday.
They found a 21-year-old man with injuries from an alleged stabbing, which are not believed to be life threatening.
He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle where he remains in a stable condition.
Police officers were called to the scene by paramedics and a 27-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the alleged assault.
She is being questioned by officers and remains in police custody.

Where is the North East's most dog-friendly pub?
That's the question online dog-sitting platform DogBuddy is asking as voting for the prestigious title heats up.
The North East leaderboard is now live ahead of the third annual Dog-Friendly Pub Awards.
Last time out, The Keel Row in Seaton Delaval was crowned the region's favourite and is currently leading the way again ahead of close competition from The Woodman Inn in Durham.
The current leaderboard for the North East reads as follows:
1. The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval



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