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An Astragal update: the real Mackintosh figures

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Astragal may have got himself slighlty carried away recently with the numbers of entrants into the contest to design the new £50 million building opposite the Mackintosh

Although more than 9,000 architects downloaded the competition brief for the contest to mastermind the redevelopment of the Garnethill site opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh, only 153 practices actually entered.

This is clearly still a whopping number and the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) are delighted by the response. The school is particularly happy that there are three Pritzker Prize winners in there.

The GSA has also confrmed that the judging panel will include, among others broadcaster and writer Muriel Gray (deputy chair), Christine Hawley of The Bartlett and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia fame.

Jury chair David Mackay of MBM Arquitectes said, in a cuddly sort of way, that he saw all the entrants ‘as winners’. He added: ‘But a competition demands a choice. Our task will not be easy because the difference between the qualities of the entrees promises to be very narrow.

‘However, the jury will do its best in the imperfect process of any selection.’

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