John McAslan + Partners and Purcell are among five teams vying to regenerate Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tearooms in Glasgow
LDN Architects, Edinburgh-based conservation specialist Simpson & Brown and emerging Glasgow studio Dress for the Weather complete the shortlist.
The full shortlist
- Dress for the Weather
- Simpson & Brown
- LDN Architects
- John McAslan + Partners
Planned to complete in time for Mackintosh’s 150th birthday in 2018, the £4 million 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 ‘Mack’ 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.
Willow Tea Rooms Trust chair Celia Sinclair praised the quality of shortlisted firms. In a statement, she said: ‘The Trust is confident that it will be able to achieve its aims of restoring the Tea Rooms and creating a world class visitor centre adjacent to them.’
The five finalists will present their schemes to the jury on 20 August at the Glasgow Art Club on Bath Street.
McAslan and Purcell shortlisted for Willow Tearooms restoration