Clandon Park house and gardens design competition shortlist announced

The National Trust has today announced the shortlisted teams for its Clandon Park restoration, along with the names of the competition judges.

Clandon Park's Palladian house from the south east. Image: National Trust/John Miller
Clandon Park's Palladian house from the south east. Image: National Trust/John Miller

Both the Grade l listed, 18th-century Palladian house, near Guildford, Surrey which was gutted in a fire in April 2015, and the gardens will be restored by multidisciplinary teams.

The six shortlisted teams are: 

  • AL_A and Giles Quarme & Associates
  • Allies and Morrison and Feilden+Mawson
  • Donald Insall Associates and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Purcell and Sam Jacob Studio
  • Selldorf Architects and Cowie Montgomery Architects
  • Sergison Bates Architects and AOC Architecture

Sixty teams, comprising 278 individual firms, entered the first stage of the competition, organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants. The shortlisted teams were selected on the basis of project understanding and approach, team composition and relevant experience.

The six shortlisted teams will now be given a further briefing and will create concept designs for the project, which has a construction value of £30m.

They will be judged by:

  • Author and former editor of Country Life Clive Aslet,
  • Director of design, exhibitions and futureplan at the Victoria & Albert Museum, David Bickle
  • Senior design director of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, Ben Bolgar
  • Ptolemy Dean Architects principal director, Ptolemy Dean 
  • Director general of the National Trust Dame Helen Ghosh
  • Actress and president of the National Trust West Surrey Dame Penelope Keith
  • Former culture secretary, Lord Smith of Finsbury,
  • Historic England commissioner Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE

The chair of judges will be trustee of the National Trust and former director of the National Portrait Gallery Sandy Nairne.  The panel will be advised by Clandon Park project director, Paul Cook and architect and competition director, Malcolm Reading.

Nairne said: "Architects, conservation experts and designers have responded impressively to the challenge presented at Clandon. We received an excellent set of submissions, offering many fascinating collaborations and partnerships. The shortlist represents a collection of great talent from the UK and abroad, mixing better and less-well known firms.

"The teams that were selected had thoroughly analysed the conservation issues and design opportunities, and proposed thoughtful and creative approaches. I look forward to seeing their concept designs and am honoured to be chairing a distinguished jury."

In late summer the concept designs will be displayed digitally, and in a public exhibition at Clandon, with opportunities for public and stakeholder feedback. Subsequently, the competition jury will meet to interview the teams, review the designs and select a winning team. The winning team is expected to be announced in early autumn 2017.

Clandon Park is architecturally significant for capturing the moment in England when the Baroque was making way for Palladianism. Designed by Venetian-born architect, Giacomo Leoni, its celebrated interiors were concealed within its austere red brick form. The house’s brick superstructure, the Speakers’ Parlour, and architectural features in its celebrated Marble Hall, survived the fire. Six hundred artefacts were rescued on the night of the fire and others, removed from the debris, await conservation.

Construction work is expected to begin by early 2019.

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