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Messenger restores Warwick street

5 Jun 15 Conservation specialist Messenger Construction has begun a multi-million pound contract to redevelop historic buildings in the centre of Warwick.

Northgate Street in Warwick
Northgate Street in Warwick

Ash Mill Developments bought the entire Northgate Street in Warwick in 2012, including 11 Grade II/II* listed houses. The row of late 17th and early 18th century buildings is now being restored to make family homes.

Previously used as County Council Education Department offices, of the 18 properties in the street one will be sold in a raw state, four as ‘shells’ and the rest as finished houses. There will also be three new-build properties.

While preserving and restoring the houses, the developer has cleared some 1850m2 at the rear of the site by knocking down a 1930s office building, making way for the provision of gardens and parking for the redeveloped properties (pictured below).

Messenger Construction has been appointed as main contractor to complete all works on site including the renovations on the properties to be sold as finished houses, the terracing of the gardens and the building of the three new build houses. Each of the buildings on Northgate Street has a wealth of period features including original fireplaces, cornicing and staircases, all of which will be carefully restored. Messenger Construction has already started on site and expects to finish the project towards the end of 2016.

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The development takes up the whole of the eastern side of Northgate street, between the historic Collegiate Church of St Mary at one end and the site of the town’s original North gate at the other.  Also included within the scheme are the 19th Century County Police Headquarters and a listed  warehouse with two basement levels, recently the home of the County Museum store but used during the second world war and up until 1966 as the headquarters of the Civil Defence Service. 

Messenger senior project manager Steve Mellows said: “Our team is already onsite and will be phasing completion of the works over the next 18 months.  Northgate Street is of great historical significance and so it will be fantastic to see these houses in everyday use and restored to their former glory once again.”

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