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Glazing Systems


Thomas Messenger greenhouse glazing system

The Messenger greenhouse was designed and inspired by the great Victorian engineer Thomas Messenger in response to the demand for a faithful authentic replica of a traditional timber glasshouse. The Messenger greenhouse embraces modern materials and technology for structural integrity and longevity. We worked closely with conservation teams to create a stunning and durable aluminium alternative that would be accepted in a wide range of sensitive locations.

With a slightly larger profile than our Traditional and National Trust structures, the Messenger greenhouse adheres to historic Victorian design aesthetics. The nuts and bolts are hidden or ‘capped’ and the structure maintains a wooden aesthetic inside and out. It is also, naturally, the finest growing environment.

Internal of a thomas messenger greenhouse

Messenger greenhouse glazing features

  • All internal nuts and bolts are concealed.
  • Ideal for creating exact replicas in highly sensitive sites.
  • Made from low-maintenance aluminium, which is 100% recyclable.
  • All our greenhouses are powder-coated in a colour of your choice.
  • Fitted with 4mm Toughened Safety Glass.
  • All our structures, whether free-standing or lean-to, include automatic roof vents and manual side vents.
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Messenger Greenhouse

Arundel Castle

Bespoke Greenhouse

Arundel Castle is steeped in history, with impressive gardens set over 40 acres of land. The gardens are beautifully maintained by a team who have adopted an organic eco-friendly ethos to encourage wildflowers, beneficial insects and wildlife.

Why choose Messenger

Heritage sites and replicas

We have designed and manufactured many bespoke greenhouses that have replaced dilapidated wooden structures beyond repair. As experts in upholding traditional Victorian aesthetics, our Thomas Messenger style is often a natural choice for those who wish to replicate older structures. It is also the ideal solution for sensitive sites and in areas where planning permission is required.

Customer Services

Request a brochure

Want to learn more about what we do and why we do it? Take a look at our award-winning range of greenhouses in our brochure.

Our services

Our services

If you can’t find your dream greenhouse in our National Trust range then we can offer a fully bespoke service from our experienced designers and engineers.

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Visit our show site and factory

We are located in the Hampshire town of Petersfield off the A3. Come see for yourself the Alitex difference. With structures for you to view and our factory tour – you’ll walk away with all you need to know.