“Although we fell in love with Newton Hall at first sight, we knew that to restore the property would be a challenge and would require a partnership with someone who had the creativity and extensive experience in heritage buildings. Given the historic interest and the poor state of repair the property was in we knew that any work would be carefully scrutinised by Harrogate Borough Council Planning Department, English Heritage, the Parish Council and Sir Thomas Ingilby, amongst others. We are delighted with all that has been achieved.
This was due in no small measure to Mervyn Darby skilfully navigating our plans through Harrogate Borough Council and English Heritage and dealing with the archaeological survey and the numerous specialist contractors. There is no doubt that the relationships he created, his experience and his approach to the design and execution of the work was fundamental to the successful outcome. We remain grateful to him for the vision that he displayed in developing the plans and in delivering the project”
PN, Newton Hall