Further redesign for Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art’s campus is set for a redesign, creating opportunities for consultancies and improving facilities.


According to a Glasgow School of Art spokeswoman, a competition will most likely be announced in the autumn.


It will seek to encourage architects and interior designers to apply to work on the redevelopment. The project is in its initial stages – so far, no one has been appointed to create designs. The school aims to commence work on site in 2010-2011, with completion set for 2014.


The art and design school is receiving support from the Scottish Funding Council, which is committing £50m towards the first phase, where three buildings located on Renfrew Street, opposite the Mackintosh building, will be knocked down.


Set for demolition are a 1970s-style building that houses the students’ union, Victoria Bar, Newbery Tower and the Foulis building, where the design studios are located.


The appointments are likely to be made by a design board headed by Glasgow School of Art’s director Seona Reid, the school’s spokeswoman says, while the project will be managed by the school’s estates department.


The plans aim to bring the campus in line with the nearby Mackintosh building, which is undergoing an £8.6m restoration by an internal project team, project architect Page & Park Architects and interior architect ZM Architects. MKW Design is responsible for a planned interpretation centre, which will be housed on the campus.

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