Shortlist and jury announced for Clandon Park competition

The upper level of the house underneath the scaffolding roof

A strong shortlist of six award-winning teams has been chosen to progress to the final stage of the Clandon Park International Design Competition. Finalists include established and more emerging architects, from UK and international practices.

Today, we also announce the jury, from the worlds of heritage, architecture, the arts and the locality.

Six multi-disciplinary teams have been shortlisted to restore and reimagine Clandon Park following the major fire in April 2015. 

Sixty teams (comprising 278 individual firms) entered the first stage of the competition. The shortlisted teams were selected on the basis of project understanding and approach, team composition and relevant experience.

The teams, which include UK and international collaborations, selected to go through to the competition’s final stage, are:

  • AL_A and Giles Quarme & Associates with Arup and Gross.Max
  • Allies and Morrison and Feilden + Mawson with Price & Myers, Max Fordham, Tom Stuart-Smith and Nissen Richards Studio
  • Donald Insall Associates and Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Price & Myers, Max Fordham, Tom Stuart-Smith and Barker Langham
  • Purcell and Sam Jacob Studio with Arup, Qoda, Churchman Landscape Architects and Brendan Cormier
  • Selldorf Architects and Martin Ashley Architects and Cowie Montgomery Architects with Arup, Vogt Landscape and Jorge Otero-Pailos
  • Sergison Bates Architects and AOC Architecture with Philip Hughes Associates, Price & Myers, Ritchie + Daffin, Tom Stuart-Smith and Graphic Thought Facility

The jury comprises:

  • Clive Aslet, Author, Journalist and former Editor of Country Life 
  • David Bickle, Architect and Director of Design, Exhibitions & FuturePlan, Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Ben Bolgar, Senior Design Director, Prince's Foundation for Building Community
  • Ptolemy Dean, Principal Director, Ptolemy Dean Architects and Surveyor of the Fabric at Westminster Abbey 
  • Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Director-General, National Trust
  • Dame Penelope Keith DBE DL, Local resident, actress and President of the National Trust West Surrey
  • Sandy Nairne CBE FSA (jury chair), Trustee of the National Trust and former Director of the National Portrait Gallery
  • Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, former Culture Secretary and former Chairman of the Environment Agency
  • Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE, Campaigner and Historic England Commissioner

The jury will be advised by Clandon Park Project Director, Paul Cook and architect and competition director, Malcolm Reading.

Sandy Nairne CBE FSA, Chair of the jury, said 'Architects, conservation experts and designers have responded impressively to the challenge presented at Clandon. We received an excellent set of submissions, offering many fascinating collaborations and partnerships. The shortlist represents a collection of great talent from the UK and abroad, mixing better and less-well known firms.

" Architects, conservation experts and designers have responded impressively to the challenge presented at Clandon. We received an excellent set of submissions, offering many fascinating collaborations and partnerships."
- Sandy Nairne, Trustee and Chair of the jury

'The teams that were selected had thoroughly analysed the conservation issues and design opportunities, and proposed thoughtful and creative approaches. I look forward to seeing their concept designs and am honoured to be chairing a distinguished jury.'

Paul Cook, Project Director, said 'The Trust warmly thanks all those who competed at the first stage of the competition. The quality of responses was outstanding, reflecting the importance of this commission.

'We eagerly enter the next stage of the process, which is intended to deepen engagement between the Trust and the shortlisted teams.  We will be welcoming the finalists to Clandon to immerse them in the spirit of place.'
The six teams will now be given a further briefing and will create concept designs for the project, which has a construction value of £30m.

Following extensive consultation, we envisage a sensitive and thoughtful restoration of some of the principal state rooms on the ground floor along with the introduction of new spaces, for imaginative programming, on the upper levels. The brief to the competition finalists asks that the two elements confidently relate to each other and create a building that reads as one, and which is integrated within its setting.

In late summer the concept designs will be displayed in a public exhibition at Clandon, and digitally, with opportunities for public and stakeholder feedback. Subsequently, the competition jury will meet to interview the teams, review the designs and select a winning team. The winning team is expected to be announced in early autumn 2017.

Clandon Park is architecturally significant for capturing the moment in England when Baroque was making way for Palladianism. Designed by Venetian-born architect, Giacomo Leoni, its celebrated interiors were concealed within its austere red brick form.

The house was damaged by a fire in April 2015, however, the house’s brick superstructure, the Speakers’ Parlour, and architectural features in its celebrated Marble Hall, survived. Six hundred artefacts were rescued on the night of the fire and others, removed from the debris, await conservation.

Construction work is expected to begin by early 2019.