Durham Cathedral and Castle has been recognised with a top international lighting award for its outdoor floodlights.
John Reed, head of technical services at Durham Council Council, said:
"To get third prize out of 26 projects shortlisted around the globe is an outstanding achievement. Our scheme uses exterior floodlighting that it not only spectacular but also minimises the environmental footprint. It literally shows our World Heritage Sites in the best possible light."
Durham Cathedral and Castle has been given a top international lighting award.
The venues new energy efficient floodlights, which are managed by Durham County Council, were shortlisted in the top three at the prestigious Auroralia Awards, a scheme recognising sustainable lighting.
The floodlights have flexible control systems which enable the light intensity to be varied. On and off times can also be altered to respond to changing circumstances and for special events.
Gillian Britton, who coordinated the build at St Paul's Church in Spennymoor, said:
"It has been a fantastic opportunity to play our small part in helping to create a replica of this iconic building. We have been overwhelmed with the local community's support for this fundraiser and now we are looking forward to seeing our sections added to the model."
Gaye Kirby, Head of Development at Durham Cathedral said:
"We are very grateful to members of St Paul's church, both young and old, for helping us to build two sections of Durham Cathedral in LEGO bricks.
"Durham Cathedral in LEGO is a 'hands-on' fundraising initiative which we hope will attract support from across the Diocese. Our target is to raise £300,000 towards our £1 million public appeal for Open Treasure, the Cathedral's major development project which will transform the experience of those visiting Durham Cathedral."
– Gaye Kirby, Head of Development at Durham Cathedral