Glasgow School of Art sets out restoration plan following fire

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Page/Park Architects has been named as the project lead for the restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building which suffered fire damage last year.

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The Mackintosh Library before the fire

The Glasgow School of Art has unveiled plans for the restoration of its Mackintosh Building, which suffered severe fire damage last year.

Page/Park Architects will lead the project and has been appointed following a five-way pitch held earlier this month.

It beat Avanti Architects, John McAslan + Partners, LDN Architects LLP, and Purcell.

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The Mackintosh Library before the fire

The practice has crated this scale model to answer the question: “What do we know about the library that will enable us to do a successful reconstruction?”

Page/Park has worked on several Glasgow School of Art projects before including the Mackintosh Conservation and Access project in 2007-2009, where it was project lead.

Prof Tom Inns, director of The Glasgow School of Art says that the practice has shown a “deep knowledge” of the building, it’s value to Glasgow and the work of Charles Mackintosh.

He says that Page/Park has good relationships with “key craft specialists and artists” in Scotland and beyond and has also presented proposals to expand the legacy of the restoration “by working with a new generation of creative talent.”

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Model of library bay under construction

Page/Park Architects will now look to establish “an expert advisory panel” for the restoration according to Glasgow School of Art.

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Work is expected to start on the building in Spring 2016 with academic access beginning in 2017-2018.

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