National Trust Clandon Park design competition to launch in six weeks

The National Trust is to launch a worldwide search for a multi-disciplinary design team to restore and renew Clandon Park and its 18th-century Palladian house, which suffered a major fire in April 2015.

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

The Clandon Park International Design Competition is due to launch on March 9 and run for six months. It will be managed by Malcom Reading Consultants (MRC), which has a website for registrations of interest.

The conservation project of Clandon Park, located near Guildford, Surrey, will be the National Trust's biggest in a generation. Details of the landscape elements of the project are still being discussed but will be modest, as the National Trust’s responsibility for the land around Clandon is not extensive.

However it is anticipated that landscape contributions will be part of the overall scope of work for the project. More detailed information should be available at the competition’s launch.

Clandon Park’s project director, Paul Cook, said: "This international design competition is the first to be held by the Trust for such a significant historic building; signalling our desire to attract the best design talent to work with us.

"Clandon Park represents a ground breaking moment in British architecture, moving from Baroque to Palladianism. It is this significance that we hope will inspire both British and international architects to enter the competition and bring Clandon back to life."

MRC specialises in competitions for museums and arts, heritage, and non-profit organisations and recently organised high-profile contests for the Illuminated River, the Museum of London and Tintagel Castle Bridge.

Architect and chairman Malcolm Reading said: "We’re delighted to manage this competition for the National Trust. Even shrouded in scaffolding, Clandon’s Palladian proportions are compelling in their purity. This is an exceptional proposition for architects, engineers and landscape designers: to recreate Clandon so that it lives up to both its past and its future."

The gardens at Clandon Park re-opened in September 2015 . They were Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's penultimate design and the designs he created were completed in 1814. Leading 17th century garden designers George London and Henry Wise also worked on the gardens. 

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