Clandon Park has a story to tell…

We are delighted to announce that Allies and Morrison has won the National Trust’s Clandon Park International Design Competition.

The Grade I-listed Clandon Park, near Guildford, Surrey, designed by Giacomo Leoni (c1686-1746) was one of Britain’s finest examples of Palladian architecture before it was badly damaged by fire in 2015. In spring 2017 the National Trust launched a design competition for its rebuilding and re-imagination.

The competition jury praised our team’s bold yet balanced approach. Our proposal, Clandon Park has a story to tell, will provide significant restoration as well as giving the building a ‘new life’ and a transformed visitor experience.

Sandy Nairne, Trustee of the National Trust stated “The jury’s unanimous selection of Allies and Morrison was a result of their sensitive response to the brief… doing what’s best for the mansion, its surviving interiors and the wider estate.”

Allies and Morrison Partner Paul Appleton says “Our approach is about balance; meticulously reinstating some of the historically significant spaces while in others exploiting the extraordinary character of the building’s massive brick walls. New floors and ceilings are slotted into this robust matrix to re-order and redefine, but only just as much as is needed, creating timeless spaces without erasing the marks of time. From a restored Marble Hall, through the series of grand rooms on the principal floor, to a soaring new space connecting the lower ground floor to a new roof-terrace, each element has its own role to play.”

We will now work with the National Trust to define the design team before commencing a feasibility study early next year.

Sixty teams entered the original competition organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants before being whittled down to a shortlist of six.