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Glasgow School of Art announces design contest for new campus

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) will hold an open international design competition early next year to overhaul the site opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous Arts and Crafts masterpiece.

The school announced this week that the Scottish Funding Council has pledged around £50 million to redevelop its ageing campus – a major boost for the school, which hopes to create a ‘modern learning and research environment' for its 1,700 students and 400 staff.

GSA spokesman Scott Parsons said: ‘This will be a once in a lifetime chance to build across from the world-famous Mackintosh building. We expect it will attract a lot of interest.’

The Mackintosh is currently undergoing a £8.6 million refit and renovation by ZM Architecture with Page\Park Architects, and the proposed new scheme will form the first phase of a much larger redevelopment.

It is understood the contest will be officially launched in spring 2009.

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