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Clark Contracts to reinstate Glasgow’s original Mackintosh Tea Rooms

digThe Willow Tea Rooms Trust has appointed Clark Contracts to deliver the final construction and fit out phase of the famous original Tea Rooms Building created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903.

In addition to reinstating the Tea Rooms, the refurbishment at Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street will create an exhibition and visitor centre, learning and education suite, retail and conference facilities. It will become a focal point for cultural and heritage tourism in the city.

Clark Contracts’ Manufactured Joinery Division are recreating some of the original fitted furniture pieces that will feature in the refurbished Tea Rooms including the bespoke banquet seating in the front salon and gallery, the detailed seating in the billiard room and the inglenook seating at its original fireplace.

The Board of Trustees are supported by an Advisory Panel of Mackintosh experts who scrutinise every detail of the restoration to ensure each element of the work is in line with the original Mackintosh designs, conserving the unique heritage.

Celia Sinclair, chair of the Trustees, said: “The Trust are delighted to have Clark Contracts on site. Works are going very well. Clark Contracts are not only determined to complete this exciting and challenging project, made possible by the support of The Heritage Lottery Fund, for an opening in June 2018, but are totally committed to the fact that this is a unique, iconic Mackintosh treasure in our City of Glasgow.”

Gerry Cummins, director, Clark Contracts, said: “It is an honour to be involved in such a unique and important project for Glasgow. We are looking forward to working with The Willow Tea Rooms Trust, their Mackintosh experts and the design team to deliver this exciting restoration.”

Clark Contracts is working with design team members Simpson and Brown Architects, project managers and surveyors Doig and Smith, services engineers Rybka, interior design consultants Studioarc and structural engineers David Narro Associates.

The award of the contract will support the training and development of Clark Contracts apprentices and trainees in roles including joinery and site management. The project has already seen visits from local students from Glasgow Caledonian University and there will be events held throughout the duration of the project to promote heritage craft skills.

ISG secures St Andrew Square office job in Edinburgh

2017-01-31AerialRegistersImageSRChris Stewart Group has appointed ISG to deliver its flagship office and leisure project as part of the wider redevelopment of The Registers in Edinburgh.

The mixed-use Mint Building scheme in St Andrew Square sees ISG create circa 61,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation and 11,000 sq ft of leisure space across ground and basement levels.

The Mint Building at 28-52 West Register Street incorporates an 1860s warehouse, constructed in the Venetian Gothic architectural style, with ISG retaining and repairing the building’s imposing façade, whilst reconfiguring and extending capacity by introducing a new steel frame structure.

2017-01-31TheRegistersImageSRA series of adjacent buildings in a poor state of repair have been carefully demolished as part of the project and ISG will construct a new steel structure to seamlessly link into the existing warehouse building, providing  seven floors of high specification open plan office space.

The contemporary-designed new build element incorporates sandstone cladding with glazed curtain walling to maximise the volume of natural light entering the building. Featuring high quality materials and fittings throughout, the Mint Building boasts a spacious double height reception area.

The top two floors provide panoramic views across Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians. Externally, the streetscape and wider public realm will be carefully and sympathetically restored.

Andy McLinden, managing director of ISG’s UK construction North and Scotland business, said: “There are encouraging signs of growth in the Edinburgh office market and reinvigorating existing assets is a key trend. Refurbishing and retrofitting existing properties, especially within a heritage context, requires a very specific skillset and high levels of expertise. When you also add complex logistical constraints and busy locations into these scenarios, it’s clear why clients are actively seeking out contractors with a proven track record of delivery.”

ISG is working alongside architects Hoskins Architects, RYBKA M&E consultant and structural engineers Will Rudd Davidson to bring Chris Stewart Group’s vision to reality.