Ash Mill Developments appoints specialist Messenger Construction to complete ground-breaking project in Warwick town centre

Ash Mill Developments has awarded a contract to the specialist conservation and renovation builder, Messenger Construction, to complete the multi-million pound restoration of Northgate Street, Warwick.

Ash Mill Developments Limited purchased the entire street in Warwick town centre, including 11 Grade II/II* listed houses in 2012. Previously used as the County Council Education Department offices, of the 18 properties 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, Ash Mill Developments has cleared some 20,000 square feet at the rear of the site by knocking down a 1930’s office building, enabling them to provide the new properties with landscaped gardens and parking. The row of late 17th and early 18th century buildings are now being sensitively restored to make beautiful family homes.

Each house will come with rear gardens and off-street parking and externally the windows, walls and roofs will be restored. 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 Construction has been appointed as main contractor to complete all works on site including the renovations on the properties which will 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 sensitively restored. Messenger Construction has already started on site and expects to finish the project towards the end of 2016.

House number 2 is available to purchase in a totally raw state and will be presold along with three of the “shells” due to the early demand for these unique properties.

Steve Mellows, Messenger’s Senior Project Manager, said:

“Messenger is delighted to have won this prestigious contract to renovate and repair these very important period town houses, located in the centre of Warwick. 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.”

Andrew Brown, Managing Director of Ash Mill Developments comments:

“We are delighted to have brought Messenger Construction on site at Northgate Street. They have an excellent track record in restoring significant historical buildings in a sensitive manner which is in keeping with our aims at Ash Mill. Our mission is to find outstanding locations in the most beautiful areas of Britain and build or renovate small numbers of unique, heritage homes for discerning purchasers. Northgate Street is one of our most exciting projects to date and we anticipate that alongside Messenger Construction we will return the houses on Northgate Street into the glorious homes they once were.”

Charlie Smith, Managing Partner, LREA the exclusive selling agents comments:

“Northgate Street provides an excellent opportunity for a few buyers either to choose to run the internal renovation of their home themselves or to have a “Georgian gem” fully restored and ready to move into. Warwick has a strong local market, as well as broader South East appeal. House two has already had some significant interest from local downsizers and buyers from the local area.

Number 2 is available with a Guide Price of £1.5 million for the Freehold.