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Mackintosh restoration team faces huge workload

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The restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art will require the production of 1,100 drawings and 20 hand-made models, the architect tasked with the challenge has revealed

Brian Park, director of Page\Park, who was appointed to the project last month, was speaking at the Building on Mackintosh symposium last week. He also said an audit of the building’s 259 rooms showed that more than half of the iconic building was damaged by fire: 25 per cent of the fabric requires repair and conservation, while 17 per cent must be completely rebuilt.

It also emerged that just 14 bids were lodged to complete the works for Glasgow School of Art and two were disqualified immediately for non-compliance. This means that half of those who entered were shortlisted.

A start date for restoration work is scheduled for spring next year. There will be partial access by 2017 and work will be completed in time for the school’s anniversary in 2020.

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