Clandon Park International Design Competition

View from above into Clandon Park following the fire

Through our International Design Competition we’re searching for a world-class multidisciplinary design team to restore and reimagine Clandon Park following the major fire.

We're looking for a team led by an architect and demonstrating expertise in design, conservation, structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, interpretation and landscape design.

Our aim is to bring the house – widely considered to be a masterwork – back to life through new uses.

To help us achieve this, Malcolm Reading Consultants, who specialise in running competitions for museums and arts, heritage, and non-profit organisations, have been appointed to manage the competition.

Following the announcement of the competition in January, audiences from over 100 countries have visited the website holding page.

" Clandon is so historically resonant and has such cultural potential that we want the competition to attract the most talented design teams with the freshest thinking to help us bring it back to life."
- Helen Ghosh, Director General

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust said: 'The National Trust is delighted to invite the best talent from around the world to enter this design competition for the restoration and reimagining of Clandon Park.

'A masterwork of its time, Clandon now needs a sensitive, thoughtful restoration of some of the principal staterooms on the ground floor as well as new, multi-use galleries and visitor spaces on the upper floors to showcase the Trust’s and other collections, encourage new creative partnerships and draw new audiences.

'Clandon is so historically resonant and has such cultural potential that we want the competition to attract the most talented design teams with the freshest thinking to help us bring it back to life.'

Our vision is to restore beautiful state rooms on the ground floor to their past glory and re-imagine the upper floors into flexible exhibition and event spaces which will breathe new life into Clandon Park. This is a complex and demanding brief. It is important to us that the solutions proposed to these two complex but very different aspects to the challenge, work together seamlessly.  

Those shortlisted will be asked to provide designs which will be scrutinised by a panel of National Trust and external specialists. These designs will be shared with the public in the summer and feedback gathered. The final judging will be carried out by a jury in the late summer.

Paul Cook, Project Director said: 'The trauma of the fire and sense of loss we feel heightens our determination to transform the visitor experience at Clandon and give the house a higher profile both regionally and nationally. Not only is this a building with an exceptional aura and history, it has strategic position too.

'In Surrey, in the heart of the south-east and close to London, Clandon is surrounded by potential new visitors who share the Trust’s love of beauty, of history, of art and culture.

'It took a real coalition of talent to build Clandon. A careful, thoughtful restoration will be required again as we restore and reimagine this incredibly significant and magnificent building.'

The winner will be announced in September.