National Trust unveils plans to rebuild Clandon Park

Amy Brettell

Zurich Municipal expects the fire at Clandon Park in April to be one of its biggest claims in recent years after the National Trust unveiled plans to rebuild the stately home.

Clandon Park, near Guildford, was gutted by fire on 29 April. Insurance Times reported in May that Zurich Municipal insured the stately home and is working closely with the National Trust to analyse the loss.

Earlier this month the National Trust issued a statement saying it was “hopeful” that it could rebuild the 18th century mansion “in some shape or form”.

Zurich Municipal head of charities and social organisations Amy Brettell (pictured) said: “We are yet to establish the full extent of the damage, which is likely to take some time.

“However, our initial investigations show this is extensive and we are predicting that this will be one of the largest claims that Zurich Municipal has managed in recent years.

“Given the size and the severity of the incident it is still very early in what will be a complex and lengthy process. Our key focus is ensuring that the property remains safe and that all artefacts that can be salvaged are accounted for.”

Brettell added that the insurer continues to work closely with the National Trust and other specialists to understand the loss in more detail.

She said: “Over the coming months we will continue to support the Trust as they decide on the long-term future for Clandon Park.”

National Trust director-general Helen Ghosh said: “We’re hopeful that one day we can rebuild Clandon but quite how, when and in what form is far from certain at this early stage.”

She added: “As we get more information on the extent of the damage, we will be able to take a clearer view on the potential options for Clandon.

“Despite the uncertainty, we would like to reassure all those people who love Clandon as much as we do that it will continue in some shape or form in the future.”