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Hunt for Mac restoration architect to begin next month

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) will start looking for an architect to restore its fire-damaged Mackintosh Building this September

The prestigious arts college has announced it will be seeking an architect-led, multi-disciplinary design team for the high-profile project.

The announcement comes just three months after Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Grade A-listed building was partially destroyed by fire.

The school said in a prior information notice: ‘The GSA is wholly committed to reconstructing and restoring the Mackintosh Building to its full use as a working School of Art and its architectural glory.

It continued: ‘In delivering this goal it has the backing of government agencies at national and local levels and the support of benefactors from around the world.’

More than 200 fire fighters worked to save the building and much of its contents after the blaze broke out on 23 May.

Although 90 per cent of the structure was saved, the fire destroyed the Mackintosh library and caused millions of pounds-worth of damage to the western end of the Art Nouveau landmark.

Shortly after the disaster, Steven Holl – who designed the school’s new Reid Building – called for a speedy reconstruction of the Mack, suggesting it should reopen as an art school within two years.

A winning team for the reconstruction is expected to be announced early next year.

Glasgow School of Art fire, filmed by Paul Stallan

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