Clandon Park shortlisted concept designs available to view this week

The six shortlisted concept designs for the restoration and rebuilding of Clandon Park will go on display this week.

The full extent of the damage can be seen from the air. Image: National Trust
The full extent of the damage can be seen from the air. Image: National Trust

Six architect-led design teams have produced their bids for the restoration, reimagining and rebuilding of the Grade I 18th-century National Trust Palladian house, which was gutted in a fire in April 2015, for an international design competition.

As part of the restoration, the Lancelot 'Capability' Brown-designed gardens will also be refreshed. They were Brown's penultimate design and completed in 1814. Leading 17th century garden designers George London and Henry Wise also worked on the gardens. 

To demonstrate how they will incorporate Clandon Park’s rich history, personalities and stories into their creative design, each of the teams has created a physical model. This sits alongside display panels summarising each concept, an overview of the design brief and a video submission from each shortlisted team explaining their design concept. The concepts will go on show at Clandon Park on Wednesday and be available Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, until 1 October, and can also be seen online.

Clandon Park project director Paul Cook said: "It’s exciting to be at this stage in the design competition, when we can see the thought processes and ideas from the six shortlisted teams come to life. Whilst the concepts are not final designs for Clandon, they take us a step closer to choosing a team who will help us restore and rebuild this grand place." 

The six shortlisted teams, selected from 60 entrants to the competition, are each led by an architect but include design, conservation, structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, interpretation and landscaping experts. They were selected on the basis of project understanding and approach, team composition and relevant experience.

The international design competition is organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants and judged by a jury consisting of heritage, architectural and local experts who will select the winning team in autumn 2017.

The National Trust will then work closely with the winning team to produce the final design for the future of Clandon Park. This is expected to be revealed mid-2018 with construction work expected to begin in 2019 subject to planning permission and listed building consent.

The shortlisted teams are: 

  • AL_A and Giles Quarme & Associates with Arup and GROSS.MAX
  • Allies and Morrison and Feilden + Mawson with Price & Myers, Max Fordham, Tom Stuart-Smith and Nissen Richards Studio
  • Donald Insall Associates and Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Price & Myers, Max Fordham, Tom Stuart- Smith and Barker Langham
  • Purcell and Sam Jacob Studio with Arup, QODA, Churchman Landscape Architects and Brendan Cormier
  • Selldorf Architects, Martin Ashley Architects and Cowie Montgomery Architects with Arup, Vogt Landscape and Jorge Otero-Pailos
  • Sergison Bates Architects and AOC Architecture with Philip Hughes Associates, Price & Myers, Ritchie + Daffin, Tom Stuart-Smith and Graphic Thought Facility

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