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Glasgow School of Art seeks funds to launch the Mac mark II

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The Glasgow School of Art will gain a new 21stcentury icon to match its world-famous Mackintosh Building, if governors can raise the millions needed.

The school is planning a major new building on its Glasgow campus, along with an ambitious restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1910 masterpiece. If it can secure £7-10 million, the school will launch an international competition later this year to find an architect for the new building.

The plans are part of a wholesale review of the school's building stock, much of which is rundown and in dire need of replacement.

Chair of the board of governors, Nick Kuenssberg, said the school hoped the new work - to replace six or seven buildings on the site - would become another internationally recognisable icon to match the Mac.

He added that the Mackintosh Building, which receives some 20,000 visitors a year, 'has not been as well looked after as it could have been'. Renovation plans will restore its original layout, remove later additions and convert offices back into studio space.

There will also be a project to salvage original furniture along with drawings and documents relating to the original building, which will be put on display in a visitor centre in the new building.

To fulfil its obligations to its funders, the school must explore alternative solutions to its accommodation problems. But Kuenssberg said the governors were confident they would raise the money to realise their ambitions and ruled out any possibility of the school leaving its famous home.

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