A Force to be reckoned with

A NORTHUMBERLAND-based family business carrying out restoration work on a local landmark will represent the North East in a national competition after winning a regional award.

Team Force, which is located in Togston and Amble as well as Blyth, was presented with an award from Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) in the Heritage category for works carried out at Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island on behalf of English Heritage.

By winning the North East category the company has been entered into the national award.

Director and stone mason Brendan Teasdale said: “We were commissioned by English Heritage to undergo conservation works at Lindisfarne Priory and our dedicated team of stone masons replaced stones, carried out mortar repairs and replaced hard cementatious pointing with lime mortar.

“It is very satisfying to work on an ancient building like the Priory and we are delighted to receive the heritage award which is recognition for the skills of our craftsmen.”

The award recognises the achievement of high standards in the repair, re-use and revitalisation of the region’s historic buildings, sites and places.

The project carried out by Team Force is part of a larger scheme to preserve the tourist attraction for future generations.