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 […]

Sunflower Project Askham Village Community Doddington

Askham Village Community is a specialist dementia unit and neurological rehabilitation unit for people with brain and spinal injuries, whilst also providing long term care for people with physical disabilities. Project Summary Messenger was awarded the contract for the construction of two new accommodation buildings within the grounds of an existing care home. The project […]

All Saints Church Huntingdon

All Saints’ Church is the third or fourth sacred building to stand on the North side of Huntingdon’s market square, Market Hill. The current church and its predecessors have been there for over a thousand years. Project Summary A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle […]

Old Hall Dovecote Barholm

As an important component of a 17th century manorial complex, the dovecote preserves valuable evidence for the way in which dovecotes functioned both economically and symbolically in high-status establishments of this period. Project Summary The dovecote at Barholm Old Hall is a complete standing structure surviving in good condition. It is rare in that all […]

Burghley Walled Garden Stamford

Burghley Park was successfully entered into a 10-year Higher Level Stewardship scheme towards the end of 2013, with management and restoration proposals guided by a Parkland Management Plan (Cookson and Tickner, 2013). One of the main projects identified for part-funding through HLS was the restoration of the Walled Garden, located towards the south of the […]

Fiveways House Leicestershire

Fiveways House is a Grade II listed building. Originally built as a shoe factory in the early 20th century, it later became a clothing factory. Fiveways has survived two fires, the most recent being in 2008. Project Summary Messenger was awarded the contract to convert a former Edwardian shoe factory into a 250 room student […]

Sacrewell Mill Cambridgeshire

Sacrewell Mill Cambridgeshire The rich history of Sacrewell’s Grade II* listed 18th century watermill, goes back as far as we know, to 1086 and the Domesday book, although the lie of the land suggests the Romans were using water power at Sacrewell hundreds of years earlier. Project Summary The project at Sacrewell included the construction […]

Westbourne House Cheltenham

This spectacular classic period villa can be found on Cheltenham’s Grafton Road. A lovely, wide tree lined avenue just off The Park, an area recognised as being one of Cheltenham’s finest locations. Project Summary Messenger was awarded the contract for the full refurbishment of Westbourne House. External works included the repair, renovation and conservation of […]

St Margaret’s Church Birmingham

St Margaret’s Church is a well-loved Grade II listed building. Built on the site of a 1516 church, the existing building was built in 1834. There are strong connections to William Hutton, the first Historian of Birmingham who bought the neighbouring Ward End Hall. Project Summary There is an unusual memorial to William Hutton inside […]

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. Project Summary The team at Messenger have carried out various […]