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BDP reveals designs for conversion of GSA building

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AJ100 practice BDP has unveiled plans to convert the former Stow College building for the Glasgow School of Art

Part of an £80 million campus redevelopment plan, the plans involve the refurbishment of the 1930s six-storey building in Shamrock Street - around 100m from the schools’ iconic, fire-damaged Mack building.

The refurbished ground floor will include new workspaces and studios, while the remaining floors will provide further studio space for undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as offices for academics. 

BDP will also glaze over the interior light wells to form two atria, providing flexible spaces. The scheme includes a new copper-clad roof extension replacing a 1960s addition.

In a statement, BDP said: ’We have sought to develop a scheme that has a contextual relationship to the linear (east-west) pitched forms of Garnethill, with refined details in robust materials and to develop architecture that resonates with Glasgow’s industrial heritage – without being pastiche or crude.’

Last week, BDP won another major scheme in Glasgow – a £41 million revamp of the University of Strathclyde’s Architecture Building and Colville Building.

In December, independent charity The Wolfson Foundation donated £450,000 towards the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art’s fire-ravaged Mackintosh Building by Page\Park, and also to cover the purchase and conversion of the former Stow College building.

Work on the conversion of the Stow College building is expected to complete in August 2018. 

Converted stow building section credit bdp

Converted stow building section credit bdp

Source: BDP

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Project data

Location Former Stow College Building, Shamrock Street, Glasgow G4 9LD
Type of project Higher Education (refurbishment)
Client The Glasgow School of Art
Lead Consultant and Project Manager Gardiner and Theobald
Architect Building Design Partnership (BDP)
Structural engineer Woolgar Hunter
M&E consultant TUV-SUD Limited
Quantity surveyor Gardiner and Theobald
Planning supervisor Gardiner and Theobald
Completion date August 2018
Gross internal floor area Approximately 11,500m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional contract

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