First job advertised for Ravenswick Hall


Just came across this:

Build an English Country House Garden

A full-time Head Gardener is required for a new 5ha suite of gardens set in existing woodlands, with surrounding parkland, deer park and meadows as part of the construction of a new country house in a 200 acre estate in Yorkshire. The Head Gardener will be responsible for implementing the planting of the new gardens, their establishment, and the maintenance and management of the entire outdoor area of the estate. The Head Gardener will also assist in recruitment of the team of gardeners to carry out this work.

This is a rare opportunity for a talented Head Gardener or aspiring Head Gardener with excellent horticultural knowledge to lead a new team in the creation of new gardens in a superb location.

The estate is in a stunning location near Kirkbymoorside on the edge of The North York Moors National Park. It includes formal and flower gardens, with lawns, hedging and topiary, a palm house with fish ponds, walled and kitchen gardens, an arboretum, orchard, meadows, moat and lakes. These new landscaped gardens provide a beautiful and structural setting to the first major new country house built in Yorkshire for more than 200 years.

Further details.

Sorry folks if you’re interested as the deadline is tomorrow!


Sir Robert McAlpine celebrate 150 years

You may have seen a new flag flying at site in the last few days:

Sir Robert McAlpine celebrate 150 years

This year the company responsible for building the new Ravenswick Hall celebrate 150 years in the business.

Our reputation is founded on 150 years of technical excellence and innovation, our entrepreneurial spirit and our future-focused approach.

We have been a stable presence in the industry since our first contract in 1869 – the repair of a mine chimney for £2.45.

Since then we have delivered many of the building blocks of our society, including landmarks and iconic structures that place us at the heart of the UK’s history and future landscape.

As we look forward, we continue to build on, strengthen and apply the values that have always been at the heart of our operations: an absolute commitment to our clients, our people and our partners, as well as to the highest standards of technical excellence.

We wish them well in their anniversary year and look forward to seeing the completion of the new hall towards the end of 2019.


Latest images

No workers on site today as it’s Sunday so all is quiet. The hall moves on apace – you can just about see the stone columns are gradually being built across the front now.

Ravenswick Hall - March 28 2019

The land in front of the hall is virtually clear of materials and heavy equipment now as the project moves on to the next stage. Presumbly with the bulk of the underground preparations and build completed the focus now shifts to the interior and exterior finishes.

Here is the view the general public will eventually have of the hall – but through beautiful iron gates instead of a security fence!

Ravenswick Hall - March 28 2019 Continue reading “Latest images”


First ‘major country house in the last 200 years’?

Carlton Towers

I’m always grateful to receive feedback from readers and was intrigued by a recent email from Peter. He queried a quoted assertion on the home page that the new Ravenswick Hall was the first major country house to be built in Yorkshire in the last 200 years.

I’d gleaned this from newspaper articles such as this one or perhaps it was this one that described the new hall this way.

Anyway, Peter responded very politely with the following: (I’ve added some images to illustrate). Continue reading “First ‘major country house in the last 200 years’?”