Architects Allies and Morrison appointed to rebuild Clandon Park

A design concept for the restoration, reimagining and rebuilding of Clandon

Following an international design competition which attracted entries from some of the world’s leading designers, architects Allies and Morrison have been selected to bring Clandon Park back to life.

Allies and Morrison is a leading UK architectural practice. Known for their inspiring designs and the variety of their projects, they’ve worked with historic places from World Heritage sites to Grade-I listed buildings.

Their past heritage projects range from the award-winning refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall in London to the careful restoration of Blackwell, an Arts & Crafts gem in Cumbria, and the insertion of a new planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

" It is hard to imagine an architectural project which bears more directly on the question of how we respond to our heritage. We feel enormously privileged to work with the National Trust to unfold the story Clandon Park has to tell."
- Paul Appleton, Partner, Allies and Morrison
The Allies and Morrison team. From left to right; Oli Heywood, Director; Una Daly, Associate; Paul Appleton, Partner; Simon Fraser, Partner
The team of architects from Allies and Morrison
The Allies and Morrison team. From left to right; Oli Heywood, Director; Una Daly, Associate; Paul Appleton, Partner; Simon Fraser, Partner

The selection process

Allies and Morrison was unanimously selected from six finalists by a jury comprising figures from the fields of heritage, architecture and the arts. Members of the panel included Ptolemy Dean, Surveyor of the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, David Bickle Director of Design, Exhibition and FuturePlan at the V&A Museum, architectural historian, Clive Aslet, and local resident, Dame Penelope Keith.  

" The jury’s unanimous selection of Allies and Morrison was a result of their sensitive response to the brief, which matches the National Trust’s commitment to doing what’s best for the mansion, its surviving interiors and the wider estate."
- Sandy Nairne CBE FSA, Jury Chair

The jury praised the winning team’s bold yet balanced approach which respected the quality and character of the mansion house in its historic setting. The submission was a clear and thoughtful proposal, which balanced continuity and cohesion with an appropriate level of drama and excitement.

60 teams from all over the world entered the competition, all of which teamed with other practices, resulting in 273 firms involved in total.

Paul Cook, Project Director for Clandon Park, said: 'We were incredibly impressed with the quality of all the entries in this competition, and I would like to thank all involved for the huge amount of time and thought that clearly went in to each submission.'

Next steps

The proposed concept is at an early design stage and Allies and Morrison will now work closely with the National Trust to develop a final design. This next stage of the project includes a detailed feasibility study and further consultations.


Paul Cook talks about the design competition

Paul Cook, Project Director, talks more about architects Allies and Morrison, the international design competition itself, and the next steps in our project.

Paul said, 'This is a major milestone for the restoration project. Allies and Morrison produced a wonderful, thoughtful approach to what will be a careful and loving restoration of Clandon.'