Deadline looms for Charles Rennie Mackintosh carpet tender

WillowTeaRoomsThe deadline for tendering to supply carpets to the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tea Rooms building in Glasgow is approaching.

The Willow Tea Rooms Trust, which bought the building in 2014, is seeking formal tenders for the design development, making and installation of bespoke carpet for the principal interiors and circulation areas. The deadline is 15 September.
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Last month the trust received a grant of £3.579m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A grant of almost £4 million from the National Lottery is set to complete the restoration and preservation of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Willow Tea Rooms Building in Glasgow.
The £3.579m, award (HLF), will ensure the completion of The Willow Tea Rooms Trust's mission to conserve and restore the Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Willow Tea Rooms Building at 217, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The tea rooms and new visitor centre are scheduled to open for Glasgow’s celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth on 7 June 2018.
The HLF award will allow the trust to continue its work restoring the original tea rooms and famous Salon de Luxe (pictured in 1903). It also plans to incorporate an interactive visitor centre, education and learning suite, conference facilities and shop to ensure that the project is sustainable.
Lucy Casot, head of The Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: ‘What better way to celebrate the Year of History Heritage & Archaeology than to support the revival of these famous Tea Rooms. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are delighted that works by one of Scotland’s greatest and most influential designers will be restored so that they can be enjoyed by all as they were first intended.’
The Willow Tea Rooms Building is recognised internationally as the only surviving tea room designed in its entirety by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald, had total control over both the architecture and decorative elements, from the interior and the design of the cutlery to the waitress’s uniforms. The major restoration project led by the trust, will conserve and interpret the buildings unique heritage, increase accessibility with the installation of new visitor facilities and provide a range of opportunities for learning and skills development. The Tea Rooms Building will become a focal point for cultural tourism in the city.
The achievements of Glasgow businesswoman, Miss Cranston, the original owner who commissioned the tea rooms designed by Mackintosh in 1903 will also be celebrated within the visitor centre. Miss Cranston's entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, as well as her enlightened views on the role of women, social enterprise and philanthropy, provide a fascinating reflection of Glasgow at the turn of the 20th Century.
‘Thanks to National Lottery players the important cultural and rich heritage of the Willow Tea Rooms Building will be conserved. Works to the exterior of the building are almost complete. The Heritage Lottery Fund award means that our vision for restoring the interior can now forge ahead,’ said Celia Sinclair, founder of the Willow Tea Room Trust.