Six teams have been shortlisted in a competition to restore and renovate the historic Clandon Park mansion in the county of Surrey, England, after the National Park property received heavy damage from a fire in 2015.
Organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, the competition tasked teams with restoring and updating the interiors of the 18th-century Palladian house, as well as designing new flexible event spaces and visitor facilities within the existing building footprint.
Rather than scrub away the effects of the fire, the brief recommended incorporating the remnants and salvaged materials into the new design, responding to extensive research documenting the fire as part of the structure’s complex history. Historic interior spaces including the Marble Hall, Saloon, Library and Speakers’ Parlour, State Bedroom and the vaulted historic kitchen, will be restored in full, while the event and visitor experience program pieces will occupy modernized spaces.
“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,” commented Paul Cook, Project Director at Clandon Park. “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.”