Mackintosh at the Willow refurbishment in the frame for national award

THE project to refurbish Glasgow’s famous Mackintosh at the Willow has been shortlisted for a national award.

The initiative, delivered by Paisley-based Clark Contracts, is in the frame for a SPACES (Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying) award, with the winner to be announced in October.

The project has already picked up the ‘Building Conservation’ and ‘Project of the Year’ accolades at the 2019 RICS awards. It has also been shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

The original Tea Rooms were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903.  Architects Simpson and Brown, project managers and quantity surveyors Doig and Smith, M&E engineer Rybka, and structural engineer David Narro Associates were also part of the team involved in the refurbishment project.

The restored tea rooms feature a new exhibition and visitor centre, learning and education suite, retail store and conference facilities. As part of the works, Clark Contracts’ manufactured joinery division produced over 20 bespoke items, including bench seating, a bar/servery, baldacchino, ceiling grid, screens, wall linings and a fireplace. As drawings weren’t available for many of the items, they had to be recreated using black and white photographs.

Gerry Cummins, director at Clark Contracts said, “It is fantastic that this iconic project has been shortlisted for another high profile award. It is testament to the hard work that everyone involved in the project has invested to refurbish such a unique building.”