The RIAS has launched a competition for the £4 million overhaul of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tearooms in Glasgow
Planned to complete in time for Mackintosh’s 150th birthday in 2018, the project will restore the Grade A-listed 1903 café and create a new visitor centre next door.
Designed for ‘art tearooms’ entrepreneur Catherine Cranston, the Sauchiehall Street landmark became part of a department store during the 1920s before being partially restored as a café in the early 1980s.
Coinciding with Page\Park’s nearby ‘Mac’ resurrection, the latest project – backed by the Willow Tearooms Trust – will restore the building as far as possible to its original 1903 condition.
A five-storey neighbouring tenement block will meanwhile be converted into a visitor centre featuring retail, an exhibition space, offices, toilets and a kitchen.
Trustee Stewart Brown said: ‘We’re very keen to hear from younger practices who have good ideas for the building next door which should be exciting in its own right but not detract from the tearooms.’
Five teams – each including conservation architects – will be shortlisted for the project and bids will be evaluated 75 per cent on quality and 25 per cent on cost.
The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 27 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
The Willow Tearooms Trust
59 Admiral Street
Tel: +44 1414297247
Restoration contest opens for Mackintosh’s Willow Tearooms