Reconstruction of Glasgow Art School could take six years to begin


It could take until 2027 to begin reconstruction work on the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), it emerged.

The consultants have now provided detailed work on the options for the Garnethill site in a Strategic Business Case (SOBC).

GSA chiefs say rebuilding the “Mack”, designed by former student Charles Rennie Mackintosh, as a “faithful restoration” to its original is their preferred option.

Work could start next year, but could last until 2027.

The consultants had considered whether a new building, a hybrid design, or a reinstated faithful was the best option. More scrutiny will now take place on issues such as funding, but the plan would involve reusing what is left of the interior walls, floors and masonry to create something that looks identical to what was destroyed in the fire of June 2018.

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The Library, Conference Room, Director’s Office, Mackintosh Room, Amphitheater, Studio 58, Chicken Coop, Loggia, Museum, and Studio 11 would be reinstated, along with all other spaces, including studios.

GSA Director Professor Penny Macbeth said: “The original art school building is synonymous with the Glasgow School of Art and it has been at the heart of learning, teaching and GSA research for over a century, while being an important part of Glasgow culture. life and heritage.

‘One of the recommendations of the Scottish Government Committee report on Cultural Tourism, Europe and External Affairs was that we should look at a range of options for the future of the building, and the strategic business case has does just that, subjecting each one to rigorous analysis.

“The heart of the SOBC was a stakeholder engagement program and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this program, including our external steering group, led by Professor John French, for their contributions and their vital ideas.

“We will continue to work closely with our stakeholders throughout the project. ”

More than 120 firefighters battled the 2018 blaze at its peak. The flames also gripped the nearby music hall, 02 ABC, itself a historic and much-loved building. Local residents and businesses were evacuated and forced to stay away from their premises while security work continued.

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An investigation by MSPs found that school officials had failed to protect her and called for a public inquiry.

The latest news comes a week after the appointment of an interim president by GSA, following the resignation of Muriel Gray. Kristen Bennie has been the school’s independent governor since 2019 and will temporarily hold the top post while the search for Gray’s successor continues.

Broadcaster Gray itself had faced sustained criticism of the fires. Stepping down in September, she said her role at GSA had been “the greatest honor” and the school was “now in a much more positive situation” following developments since 2018. She said: “Now is the time to introduce a fresh, energetic and long-term committed individual into the role who can take GSA to the next exciting phase.”


Kayleen C. Rice

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