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In pictures: 3D scans reveal extent of Mac work

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Glasgow School of Art has revealed a series of 3D visualisations which show the huge task ahead for those working on the restoration of the fire-damaged Mac 

The visuals show the damage done to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed art school when fire broke out in May 2014. 

The point cloud images created by experts from the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio have been generated using laser scanning techniques and will form the basis of the BIM model that will document every stage of the building’s restoration. 

The project to restore the much-loved Mac is being headed up by Glasgow-based firm Page\Park which saw off competition from John McAslan + Partners, Avanti, Purcell, and LDN Architects to bag the prestigious job. 

Work on the transformation of the Grade A-listed building is set to begin after the school’s degree show closes in the summer. It will start with the removal of the stonework of the library’s window gable and following that the roofs which were totally destroyed by the fire will be reconstructed. 

The detailed 3D images were released as the Glasgow School of Art issued the invitation to tender for the main contractor. 

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, BAM Construction, John Graham Construction, Kier Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine are in the running for the high-profile job after a shortlist was drawn up from pre-qualification questionnaires. 

Liz Davidson, senior project manager on the Mackintosh Restoration project, said: ‘Clearly we need a contractor who is able to deliver the full range of technical requirements for the retrofit and has a proven track record in bringing major restoration projects in on time and on budget. 

‘However, over and above this we are looking for the inclusion of experienced specialists who are capable of undertaking the expert restoration of this Category A Listed building. We are looking for our Main Contractor to have the appropriate expertise in their team to deliver to the highest standard in terms of the specialist skills.’ 

The restoration project is set to complete in 2018.

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