Apethorpe Hall

Northamptonshire

Apethorpe Hall began life in the late 15th century and has played host to Queen Elizabeth I, King James I and King Charles I. After years of neglect and decay, it fell into total disrepair until 2004 when English Heritage stepped in to save it.

Brief Description of Works: 

The team at Messenger have carried out various phases of repair and conservation works at Apethorpe over several years, most recently roofing and masonry repairs. A great showcase for our stone slating, masonry and joinery skills.

One major challenge with this project was ensuring no damage occurred to the historic fabric, whilst erecting the major scaffolding and temporary roof structure necessary to enable the delicate repairs to the structure and fabric of the building.

Messenger’s in-house skilled masons, roofers and joiners worked alongside specialist conservators to ensure all repairs were carried out in the most sensitive manner. The Company also provided specialist stone slaters to strip and relay the Collyweston stone slate roofs and offered guidance and support to English Heritage on this unique method of roofing.

Contract Details: 

Value: £890k (£3m previous)
Client: English Heritage
Duration: 16 months
Completion: September 2012