Meet the architects at Clandon Park

Allies and Morrison, a multi award-winning architecture and urban planning practice based in London and Cambridge, have been chosen to help us restore, reimagine and rebuild Clandon Park. 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.

With a reputation for well-crafted buildings and thoughtful place making, Allies and Morrison's work ranges from architecture, interior design and conservation to masterplanning, consultation and research. Twice shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, 41 of their completed projects have won RIBA awards.

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 and architectural historian, Clive Aslet.

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

Heritage work

Allies and Morrison’s practice specialises in placing modern developments into historic sites, achieving seamless interventions in precious places. These have ranged from careful restorations such as Blackwell in Cumbria to gentle modernisations such as Inigo Jones' early 17th century Queen's House and the insertion of a new planetarium in Greenwich.

" Our approach is about balance; meticulously reinstating historically significant spaces while in others exploiting the extraordinary character of massive brick walls."
- Paul Appleton, Partner, Allies and Morrison

 Paul Appleton, Partner at Allies and Morrison, talked about his team's approach, 'It's about balance; meticulously reinstating historically significant spaces while in others exploiting the extraordinary character of massive brick walls. From a restored Marble Hall, through the series of grand rooms on the principal floor, to a soaring new space connecting the lower ground floor to a new roof-terrace, each element plays its own particular part.' 

Paul said ‘This is exactly the kind of project we love to work on. Once in a while something comes along which you think might change your life. I think that this is one of those projects.’

Cultural exchange and expression

Allies and Morrison’s portfolio of arts and culture projects includes the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as well as the future expansion of Shakespeare’s Globe, on London's South Bank. They’ve also assisted the Horniman Museum and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum with sympathetic contemporary extensions.

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

For the University of the Arts London (UAL), they’ve helped to re-imagine the site of the former Royal Army Medical College to create a new unified campus for the Chelsea College of Arts. Today for UAL, they’re designing the future homes for the London College of Fashion and London College of Communication.

Sophie Chessum, Project Curator for the Clandon Park project, said ‘Allies and Morrison see the importance of restoring the beautiful and very significant spaces that were here before. But they understand that they need to bring a new creativity, to combine historic beauty with new beauty.’

Led by Allies and Morrison, the Clandon Park design team includes

  • Purcell, conservation architects - Working as one family of many experts, Purcell undertakes projects in sensitive sites, listed buildings and admirable places in the UK and around the world. 
  • Price & Myers, structural engineering - Price & Myers is a consulting civil and structural engineering practice established in London in 1978.
  • Max Fordham, services engineering - Max Fordham are building services engineers who work with all aspects that impact on the internal environment of a building and its performance.
  • Robert Myers Associates, landscape architects - an award winning landscape architect, RMA specialises in designing contemporary gardens in historically and culturally significant settings.
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Bowled over by a life changing project

Paul Appleton, Partner at Allies and Morrison, gives us his thoughts on the inspiration and excitement felt by his team ahead of their work on Clandon Park.

Paul said ‘This is exactly the kind of project we love to work on. Once in a while something comes along which you think might change your life. I think that this is one of those projects.’

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Looking forward to the next phase

The National Trust’s Project Curator at Clandon, Sophie Chessum, is looking forward to working side by side with Allies and Morrison to restore the most significant spaces and reimagine others.

Sophie said ‘Allies and Morrison see the importance of restoring the beautiful and very significant spaces that were here before. But they understand that they need to bring a new creativity, to combine historic beauty with new beauty.’