Invitation to Tender

Bright Water Landscape Project

Options for the Future Study

Invitation to Tender

Deadline: 9am 5th December 2016


Download : consultants-specification-for-options-for-the-future-study-final-28-oct

Download : consultants-appendices-for-bright-water-tenders


Durham Wildlife Trust is acting as the Lead Partner for the Development Phase of the Heritage Lottery funded Bright Water Landscape project.

This is project is currently in its Development Phase which runs to September 2017. If its Stage II application is successful, the Delivery Phase will run from Jan 2018-Dec 2021 and realise a total investment of close to £3m. This results of the Options for the Future Study will help to secure the success of that Stage II application and to inform the project’s legacy.

Bright Water covers an area of approximately 200km2 within lowland County Durham and Darlington, focusing on the River Skerne catchment from Hurworth Burn reservoir to South Park in Darlington (see Figure 1). The project area includes the communities of Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Bishop Middleham, Fishburn, Heighington, Brafferton, Barmpton and Darlington.

The vision of the Bright Water Landscape Partnership is to reveal a heritage of change and innovation, supporting opportunities to enhance and enjoy the natural, built and farmed landscape, realising gifts for now and the future, raising aspirations and inspiring communities. To achieve this vision the partnership will aim to:

Work to reveal the landscape of the past, showing how it has been shaped by man (human activity) over thousands of years

  • Work with landowners, local communities and other partners to restore and enhance key elements of the natural, built and cultural landscape
  • Highlight the cultural heritage of the area, a story of innovation that has shaped the modern world – from the birth of the railways to the Durham Ox
  • Provide opportunities for learning and training, ensuring the heritage of the area is better known and conserved
  • Enable more people to access the heritage of the landscape, helping to improve health and well-being
  • Provide new opportunities for businesses, making them more resilient in the future.

Please see the attached Tender documents for further information.

Tenderers can clarify any points of doubt or difficulty by contacting:
Susan Hepworth, Development Manager
Tel 0191 5843112