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Mac restoration job drums up global interest

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Fourteen firms from across the globe have thrown their hats into the ring to take on the restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building, AJ has learned

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece was devastated by fire in May, and a design team is being sought to bring the building back to its former glory in a project the school’s director believes could cost up to £35million.

After a bidding window closed on Monday (November 10), a Glasgow School of Art spokeswoman confirmed that 14 firms had formally registered their interest in the job from a field of 100 initial expressions of interest.

She said the contenders included practices from around the world, and would be ‘whittled down’ into a shortlist of up to eight bidders by Christmas.

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

Although 90 per cent of the structure was saved, the Mackintosh library was destroyed and millions of pounds-worth of damage was caused to the western end of the 1909 Art Nouveau landmark.

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Search begins for architect to restore the Mac

The Glasgow School of Art has launched its search for an architect to bring the fire-damaged Mackintosh building back to its former glory

The school has published the tender for an architect-led multi-disciplinary team to work on the restoration of its 1909 Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed home.

The team, which should include an architect, a structural engineer, and an M&E consultant, must have had experience on at least two other historic buildings.

Expressions of interest for the restoration project should be registered by 10 November, after which a shortlist will be drawn up and invited to submit a full tender. The winning architect is expected to be announced early next year.

Douglas Anderson, estates development project manager, said: ‘The Mackintosh Building is studied in architecture departments across the globe as an example of almost unmatched design with generations of architects inspired by Mackintosh’s masterpiece.

‘The chance to lead the restoration of this truly iconic building is a once in a life time opportunity and we are anticipating that there will be significant interest from design teams in the UK and beyond.’

Students from the School of Art are set to move into Glasgow’s nearby Tontine East building while the building work takes place.

The school has submitted a change of use application to turn two of the office building’s floors into studios for painting and printmaking students who were previously housed in the Mackintosh building.

Students could be housed in Tontine East for up to five years while repair and restoration work takes place at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed grade A-listed art school which was partially destroyed by fire three months ago.

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.

A temporary roof was installed over the remains of the building last week (AJ 08.10.14).

Further information on how to apply for the job is available, here.


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