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Willow Tearooms extension to give new lease of life to Mackintosh masterpiece

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August 23 2016

Willow Tearooms extension to give new lease of life to Mackintosh masterpiece
Simpson & Brown Architects have prepared detailed proposals for the upgrade of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tearooms at Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, to form an adjoining visitor centre.

This will be facilitated by the construction of a double height rear extension housing a shop, exhibition space and dining room for the A listed café with a roof terrace, auditorium, conference suite and billiard room also on the cards.

In addition to contemporary additions Simpson & Brown will also ensure Mackintosh’s period tea rooms are made wind and watertight whilst integrating modern amenities such as lifts.

The £7m intervention has been spurred by the fast approaching 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth in 2018, handing a readymade deadline to the Willow Tea Rooms Trust.

Simpson & Brown’s competition winning scheme is being assisted by Studioarc, Rybka, David Narro Associates, Alliance CDM, Building Learning and People Friendly Design.
Fabric repairs will be made to the front elevation with a more dramatic intervention rising to the rear
Fabric repairs will be made to the front elevation with a more dramatic intervention rising to the rear
Interiors will be reworked to accommodate a host of new facilities
Interiors will be reworked to accommodate a host of new facilities

3 Comments

Brian
#1 Posted by Brian on 23 Aug 2016 at 19:07 PM
I really like this.The best thing to happen in this city in years.
Alistair
#2 Posted by Alistair on 23 Aug 2016 at 20:20 PM
Really looking forward to this development. There was talk of converting Watt Brothers down the street into the new Willow tearooms but luckily they saw sense. Undoubtedly a wonderful investment for the city!
Terra
#3 Posted by Terra on 27 Aug 2016 at 17:36 PM
Sounds good.

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