Covent Garden Estate, The Worshipful Company of Mercers.

Covent Garden Estate, The Worshipful Company of Mercers

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Will Caradoc-Hodgkins has worked with the Mercers on the Covent Garden Estate.  A number of sensitive historic projects have been undertaken and these include exterior and interior work to fine Grade II Listed buildings.  Their common parts have been updated and renovated to contemporary requirements while conservation based restoration has preserved and enhanced their historic fabric.  New homes have been provided by creating modern residential accommodation and they include renovated and refurbished residential accommodation for the Royal Ballet School.

The Mercers’ Company is almost 700 years old and is a Livery Company in the City of London. The Company, and its associated charitable trusts make substantial grants to support young people, education, older people, churches and communities. A network of almshouses and other homes for the elderly are also managed by the charitable trusts associated with the Company. The Company is involved with the running of 16 schools across the country and supports them primarily thought the appointment of governors. It also provides, with the City of London Corporation, free public lectures in the City at Gresham College

The Company funds its activities from income derived from its investments, mainly property in London’s west end and the City

The Company is also patron of a number of benefices in the Church of England (i.e. it has the right to appoint the vicar or rector of a parish) and maintains close links with its  affiliated units in the United Kingdom’s Armed Services.

The Company is custodian of an archive stretching back to its earliest days as well as historic buildings, art and other artefacts. As well as maintaining this collection, the Company keeps its history alive by continuing its own traditions, fully participating in the civic life of the City of London.