Willow Tea Rooms

  • Client: Willow Tea Rooms Trust
  • Role: Quantity Surveying and Strategic Project Management
  • Value: £7.7 million
  • Programme: May 2015 to Dec 2017
  • Procurement: Competitive Tender - SBCC With Quantities
  • Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Project Description

The Willow Tea Rooms is of international significance as the only tea room where Charles Rennie Mackintosh (CRM) was able to exercise total control over both the architectural and decorative elements.

The project involves the conservation and restoration of the Willow Tea Rooms alongside the creation of a world-class interpretive exhibition and visitor attraction with dedicated learning facilities in the adjacent building.

The works are split into a number of phases, commencing with the external fabric repairs to restore the exterior of the building to its former glory.

The second phase of the works involve the internal alterations of the two properties to facilitate the internal fit-out and restoration works.

Phase 3 involves the recreation of the CRM interior, the formation of the exhibition and visitor centre and the installation of a full commercial kitchen in the basement.

The final phase of the works will be to faithfully recreate the various items of CRM loose furniture – an activity that will be undertaken in conjunction with the Glasgow School of Art and apprentices employed specifically for this task.

This project represents the opportunity to work on an iconic Glasgow project that will create a lasting and fitting tribute to Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Our Role / Scope

Our role in the project is to provide Strategic Project Management and Quantity Surveying services during the feasibility phase of the project. This has included developing the initial feasibility costs for the project and subsequently assisting the Willow Tea Rooms Trust in collating grant applications to various funding bodies.

The tender documentation for Phase 1 is currently underway and it is anticipated that works will commence 3rd Quarter 2016.

Technical Capacity

The team comprise of the following:

  • Lead Project Manager
  • Lead Quantity Surveyor

Benefits To Client

  • Previous experience of historic repair projects by key team members
  • Team experienced in funding applications