Lindisfarne Ticket Office, Holy Island

Lindisfarne Castle is a 16th Century Tudor fortification which sits on Beblowe Crag, the highest point on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland Coast. Built with stones taken from the disused Priory, it was purchased by the owner of Country Life magazine, Edward Hudson in 1901 and he engaged the well know architect Sir Edwyn Lutyens to refurbish the building in the Arts and Crafts Style. The castle is now owned by the National Trust.

Mirroring their use as storage for centuries by fishermen on the island, Lutyens had used upturned disused boats known as “herring busses” as sheds around the castle and in 2005 two of them were destroyed by fire. Replaced in 2006, a third boat was renovated by the National Trust.

In 2007, Historic Property Restoration were engaged to construct a high specification timber framed building in keeping with the style of the old boats for use as a ticket office and visitor reception point located to the west of the castle on the grassy elevated crag. Finished with oak cladding and louvres, the external pivot door and interior glass panelled doors create a unique feeling of space. Utlising our own traditional joinery works at Prudhoe we were able to manufacture and supply oak furniture for the ticket office and also carried out the electrical installations.

The Dean and Chapter and its Fabric Advisory Committee is thrilled with the quality of work produced by HPR Ltd. The skills exhibited in stone masonry are particularly fine. Managers and staff have developed good relations with the client team – we couldn’t have asked for better attitude or commitment.

Lindy Gilliland Testimonial -
Lindy Gilliland - Newcastle Cathedral Project Manager

"From my personal perspective, this was one of the best projects I have been involved with over the last 35 years as a Chartered Building Surveyor, RIS Accredited in Building Conservation. My client role on this was a complete pleasure, because you and your team were first class, complementing the excellent professional design team. Well done!"

Richard Dunn -
PCC Project Co-ordinator, for St John the Baptist Church, Wilberfoss

"May I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for your professional and unfailingly helpful conduct during this project. We particularly appreciate the efforts made to overcome the deficiencies and problems arising from the previous contractor."

Andrew Bodenham -
Blackett Ord Conservation

"HPR recognise, and allow for, the necessary archaeological recording to take place during consolidation work and the disruptions that this may cause to their planned programme of work comes as no surprise to them. This awareness means that their workforce is able to be pro-active in informing the archaeologist of any possible instances when recording may be necessary."

Mick Krupa -
NPHT Archaeologist at Nenthead Smeltmill

"Historic Property Restoration carried out the first phase of the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Town Hall. The company were extremely professional in their approach throughout the entire process as befits a company with extensive experience in the conservation and restoration sector."

David Lodge -
Greater Morpeth Development Trust

"Historic Property Restoration deliver good quality work to programme and budget on a regular basis. They are reliable and value for money."

Ian Merritt -
English Heritage Conservation and Maintenance Manager
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