Clandon Park, owned by the National Trust, was catastrophically destroyed by fire in April 2015. As part of the recovery plan Ramboll is working with insurer Zurich to create a virtual model as a prelude to reconstruction.
The mansion was originally designed by Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni for Lord Onslow in the 1720’s. It was one of the UK’s national treasures but has been left almost a shell. Ramboll put forward a proposal that would help all parties understand how to re-model the house, so that it could one day be restored and enjoyed once again. One of Ramboll’s conservation engineers, Dr Tiziana Meciani, comments: “Clandon Park was one of the country’s finest examples of a Palladian mansion, featuring original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces, the most impressive of which were in the Marble Hall”.
As part of Ramboll’s appointment to provide research, modelling and cost consultancy services, a virtual "Dolls' House" and intelligent BIM model will be created to provide a virtual reality environment of the building before and after the fire. This will assist the National Trust and Zurich Insurers to plan and commission the building’s reconstruction.
Since access has become unsafe following the devastating effects of fire, assessing the current state of the structure was a major challenge. Utilising some of the latest technologies, Ramboll's Geomatics team launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) to fly around and down inside the remaining shell of the building to take some 16000 photographs. A detailed geometric model will be built of the current exterior and interior condition using photogrammetry techniques.
Ramboll’s conservation engineers, who have worked on a some of the UK’s most prized historic assets including the Temperate House at Kew Gardens, Iron Bridge and the Palace of Westminster, are ensuring the collected information, both geometric, archival and curatorial, will form a coherent knowledge basis for any future reinstatement of the fabric lost and management of this historic structure.