Dunston Staiths Restoration Project

In February 2019 the iconic Dunston Staiths, suffered a serious arson attack which caused significant damage. Thanks to the ongoing support of many, and recent grant funding, a new and exciting chapter awaits, in partnership with the National Trust. The friends of Dunston Staiths shortly after the attack launched a campaign to support the repairs.

Over the past two years since the event, there have been many activities and events that have taken place to help raise money for the restoration project. Events have included:

‘Save the Staiths’ 5k & 10k Challenge, The Late Shows and much more!

The Pentagon team have been delighted to be involved in the restoration project and have been volunteering to aid them with free monitored CCTV in an outdoor setting where there is no power and cables aren’t permitted. Our team were working at heights to help secure the future of the structure.

The cameras offer great 1080p high-definition footage and night vision whereby the key holders are notified of motion on the structure’s upper and lower decks. We were absolutely thrilled with the results.

Funders and supporters of the project include Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Gateshead Council, Durham Wildlife Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Taylor Wimpey, Sir James Knott Trust and LEAF.

Heritage is an important part of the North East region and the public response to this project has been incredible, reminding us all of the importance of our heritage to all of our futures.

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