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Planning approval for new sports hall opposite Mac

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Burnet Bell has been given the go-ahead for a £6.5 million sports hall opposite Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow-based firm’s scheme, which received more than 20 letters of objection, will sit next to Steven Holl’s Reid Building at the corner of Renfrew Street and Dalhousie Street.

The project for St Aloysius College will be built on an existing playground and features a metal-clad sports hall which cantilevers out over a glazed base.

The 2,734m2 building, which the school said would provide much-needed sports facilities, will include sports courts, a first floor café, and an external games area.

The practice has been working with the independent school since 2007 and is currently also working on a masterplan and new library for the college.

The scheme is expected to start on site in June (2015).

Responding to the approval, local architect Alan Dunlop said: ‘A windowless sports complex, of a required height and scale is a difficult project type to sensitively incorporate onto an important corner site and into an existing and lively street scape.

‘It can contribute little to the quality of the surrounding public realm and sets up difficult relationships with existing buildings. However the mass and, frankly, bulk of Holl’s Reid building across the road, its overwhelming presence and challenging relationship with the Mackintosh’s school of art has no doubt convinced the school that now was the right time to make an application. The architects have done their best to reduce the impact of the building on the street.’

Project data

Location Dalhousie Street Glasgow
Type of project sports hall
Architect Burnet Bell
Structural engineer Aecom
M&E engineer Hulley & Kirkwood
Project manager Doig & Smith
Client St Aloysius College
Tender date March 2015
Start on site date June 2015
Contract duration 14 months
Gross internal floor area 2,734m2
Form of contract and/or procurement  Traditional procurement, full bills of quantity, with CDPs
Total cost £6.5 million    

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