Big names and emerging architects vie to restore fire-ravaged grade I Surrey mansion

The shortlisted designs competing for the £30 million restoration of grade I listed Clandon Park will go on display for four weeks from Wednesday.

The Palladian mansion near Guildford in Surrey was gutted by fire two years ago but owner the National Trust is committed to restoring the building, which was built in the early 1730s to a design by Venetian-born architect Giacomo Leoni.

Teams led by Amanda Levete and Allies and Morrison are among the six-strong shortlist .

Donald Insall, Purcell, Sergison Bates, and New York-based Selldorf Architects are the other lead architects on the teams (see shortlist below) reaching the final stage of the contest, which launched in March.

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading said 60 teams of architects, engineers and consultants had thrown their hats into the ring for the project.

The winning bid team is expected to be picked in early autumn, for construction to start in early 2019.

The National Trust’s nine-member jury for the competition is chaired by National Trust trustee and former director of the National Portrait Gallery Sandy Nairne.

It includes architect Ptolemy Dean, Victoria & Albert Museum design director David Bickle, actress Penelope Keith – who is also president of National Trust West Surrey – and former Labour culture secretary Lord Chris Smith.

The six design concepts are on display in the grounds of Clandon Park from 23 August until 1 October.


Clandon Park shortlist

Amanda Levete’s AL_A and Giles Quarme & Associates with Arup, James Lingwood and GROSS. MAX

Allies and Morrison and Feilden+Mawson with Price & Myers, Max Fordham, Nissen Richards Studio, Tom Stuart-Smith, David Bonnett Associates and The Fire Surgery

Donald Insall Associates and Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Price & Myers, Max Fordham, Barker Langham and Tom Stuart-Smith

Purcell and Sam Jacob Studio with Arup, QODA Consulting, Brendan Cormier and Churchman Landscape Architects

Selldorf Architects and Cowie Montgomery Architects with Studio Otero Pailos, Arup and Vogt Landscape Architects

Sergison Bates Architects and AOC Architecture with Philip Hughes Associates, Tavernor Consultancy, Price & Myers, Ritchie+Daffin, Tom Stuart-Smith and Graphic Thought Facility.