AL_A shortlisted for Clandon Park competition

National Trust select six teams for stage two

Posted by ala | May 24 2017

AL_A have been announced as one of the six shortlisted architects to re-design Clandon Park, following a devastating fire in 2015. Working alongside an outstanding team including ARUP, GROSS.MAX. and Giles Quarme & Associates, AL_A will produce designs for stage two of the competition over the coming months.

The National Trust will choose a collaborative team who will create an outstandingly beautiful and harmonious design that integrates a sensitive restoration of the historically-significant rooms and remaining historic fabric, with new flexible spaces on the upper floors. The National Trust’s intention is that the Clandon Park of the future will respond to, but not be constrained by, its pre-fire history, significance and spirit of place.

The spaces to be restored on the ground floor include the principal state rooms: the Marble Hall, Saloon, Library, Speakers’ Parlour, and State Bedroom.

The new interventions on the first and second floors are to include: a second floor café, first floor exhibition/gallery spaces, community education/workshop/meeting spaces, staff and volunteer facilities and visitor facilities. These new gallery and visitor spaces will need to be flexible and contemporary in function, while also foregrounding craft and detail and incorporating ‘found’ heritage elements as appropriate.

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Image credits: National Trust ©.