Beverley Minster

For over 1300 years there has been a Christian community on the site of Beverley Minster. The first community was founded by John, Bishop of York – the future Saint John of Beverley. Later, a Norman church was built on the site followed by the present Gothic church which evolved through the three main Gothic […]

Private Dwelling Hertfordshire

Project Summary Extensive extensions and restoration to an existing property, including the design and installation of high specification mechanical and electrical elements.  Messenger was awarded the  contract for the extensions and alternations to the dwelling,  including the provision of new entrance hall, garden room and kitchen at ground floor and additional bedrooms and en-suites at […]

Elvaston Castle Coach House Derbyshire

Managed by Derbyshire County Council, Elvaston Castle is a Grade II* listed country house. It forms the centrepiece of a 350 acre estate that also includes 16 Grade II buildings and a Grade II* registered Park and Garden. Project Summary Messenger was awarded the contract for stripping and overhauling the existing Westmoreland slate roofs, including […]

Oxburgh Hall Norfolk

Despite being built during the Wars of the Roses, Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk was never intended to be a castle but a family home. Completed in 1482 for Sir Edmund Bedingfeld, the family has lived here ever since and continues to call it home today. Project Summary Extensive roof repairs and stabilization are underway, following […]

Darwin College Cambridge

The Old Granary is a Grade II listed building, with its main entrance on Silver Street and an internal entrance from the College garden. The building has extraordinary character: built in the early nineteenth century, it was remodelled from its beginnings as a functional granary, becoming residential accommodation at the end of that century.  It […]

Ickworth House Suffolk

Ickworth House with its classical Rotunda, East and West Wings forms the centrepiece of the Ickworth estate. It reflects its former owners, the Hervey Family’s tenacious spirit and has been preserved by the custodianship and influence of unconventional men and women over successive generations. Project Summary Ickworth is embarking on a major conservation project to […]

Wrest Park Archer’s Pavilion

Thomas Archer’s Pavilion at Wrest Park was built between 1709 and 1711. The pavilion’s design is unusual in England with the six projecting bays, three round alternating with three square. Archer’s work is more continental than that of any other English architect of his day. The large, circular room and domed ceiling are decorated with […]

Belton House Grantham

Belton stable block was built in 1685 and is recognised as being of ‘exceptional significance for its aesthetic and historical value’. It’s one of only 21 Grade I listed stables in England, important for the number of original features still intact. Project Summary Messenger recently completed a year-long project to conserve and rejuvenate the 17th-century […]

Nevill Holt Opera Theatre

At the corner of the cluster of buildings around Nevill Holt Hall, the long ironstone block, crenellated and pedimented, is quite grand for a stable. For a theatre, on the other hand, it is compact and intimate. Project Summary The construction of a new opera theatre, within the stable block of the Grade I listed […]

Country House Bedfordshire

The original much larger 1560 manor house was demolished in 1745, leaving only the service wing intact. Much of the remaining 16th Century fabric was subsequently widely extended and remodelled throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including use as offices for a significant part of the 20th Century. In the 1970s a former owner returned […]