And The Award Goes To….!

Published: 18th May 2022

Following our previous article announcing our delight in having been shortlisted for multiple projects in this year’s RICS Awards (if you missed it, you can read more here), we are even more pleased to say that Messenger have struck gold in not one but two categories!!

Heritage Project

Elizabethan House – South West

Main Contractor: Messenger
The late 16th century Grade II listed Elizabethan House in Plymouth reopened in 2021 following an extensive programme of repair and extension by Messenger, on behalf of Plymouth City Council. Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects were assisted by James Mackintosh Architects and RICS quantity surveyor Adrian Stenning Associates. Work included extensive internal and external repairs, a new two-storey extension, authentic redecoration and an interactive theatre like visitor experience fit-out by exhibition contractors The Hub. The conservation and regeneration project was delivered to an exceptionally high quality for both the inhabitants and visitors to Plymouth.

Judges’ comments – This project was a spectacular and scholarly restoration of an important Grade II listed building. There has been a commitment to conservationist principles throughout the project, and the new interventions are carefully considered to allow for the building to continue to be used as a museum, without impacting on its heritage significance.

Community Benefit

Nottingham Castle – East Midlands

Main Contractor/Client: GF Tomlinson
Specialist Stone Masonry Contractor: Messenger
Nottingham Castle has been restored and reimagined to conserve the historic fabric and enhance the visitor experience, safeguarding the iconic site for future generations. The transformation of the Scheduled Monument site included repair, conservation and refurbishment of the 17th century Ducal Palace, medieval Gatehouse, and sprawling cave network, as well as re-landscaping the grounds, a contemporary Visitor Centre, and a new gallery extension to tell the stories of Robin Hood. Conservation has been meticulous and sensitive to the Castle’s heritage, and the site’s reconfiguration has restored it as a flagship for the city and a catalyst for its regeneration.

Judges’ comments – This project is a well-considered and executed revitalisation of a much-loved community asset, which has been saved for the benefit of many and will bring visitors to the city.


Both projects are now automatically entered into the National RICS Awards against the other regional winners in their respective categories. The Grand Final will take place in October 2022.

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