Astragal knew it would be tough to land the £50 million job of overhauling the site opposite the Mackintosh – but not this hard
According to sources on the ‘inside’, there have been more than 9,500 competition brief downloads for the contest to redevelop Glasgow School of Art’s Garnethill site opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s well-known masterpiece (pictured).
Top statisticians believe this could result in more than 1,000 entries – making it the most popular architecture contest ever.
Only the Stockholm Library competition, which attracted 1,160 hopefuls vying to design the extension to Gunnar Asplund’s landmark, can come close.
And compare this with the RIBA’s recent biggee, the National Wildflower Centre contest, which mustered a paltry 160 entries.
What’s worrying Astragal is the list of names that have - allegedly - already thrown their hats into the ring.
Zaha and Foster have been rumoured to be approaching local ‘partnering’ firms. RMJM has apparently been talking to Moneo and Herzog and de Meuron is also understood to be having a pop. Look out for a bid from Stephen Holl too.
Speculation of course. But with so many ‘downloaders’ perhaps the question should be, ‘who hasn’t entered’?
Now, back to the expression of interest. ‘Has any employee whom you would propose to use to deliver this service been guilty of grave professional misconduct?….’
Hmm… a toughie to start with eh….