7th September 2018 By Clark Contracts Ltd
The newly restored Mackintosh at the Willow Tearooms on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow were officially opened on Friday 7th September by special guests HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Following the restoration and fit out works completed by Clark Contracts, the Mackintosh at the Willow Tea Rooms, visitors centre, exhibition, learning and education suite, retail and conference facilities are now open to the public.
The A-listed property is of international significance as it was the only building where Mackintosh had complete control over the architecture and interior decorations, including the design of furniture, cutlery and waitress uniforms.
In addition to completing the fit out and restoration works, Clark Contracts’ Manufactured Joinery Division has recreated a number of furniture pieces which feature at Mackintosh at the Willow. Drawings and plans for most of the items didn’t exist therefore the items were recreated using black and white photographs.
Crowds gathered to welcome the royals who even had time for a cup of tea before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the tea rooms. Prince Charles then placed the final piece on the baldacchino created by Clark Contracts’ Manufactured Joinery Division.
Gerry Cummins, Director, Clark Contracts said “It is fantastic to reach this point in the project which we are honoured to have been a part of. It was brilliant to mark the occasion with such special guests and we hope everyone who visits Glasgow can spend some time at Mackintosh at the Willow.”
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