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Prince Charles: 'The Mac should be rebuilt exactly as was'

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Prince Charles has voiced his support for an exact, historical rebuild of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s fire-damaged library at the Glasgow School of Art

Earlier this week, the Prince of Wales toured the building with the team working on the project to rebuild it and said he was shocked by the damage to the Grade A-listed art school.

Speaking to the local press, project manager Liz Davidson, said: ‘Prince Charles was very much of the opinion that the building is so exceptional that it should be restored to its original appearance.

‘We share this opinion and agree that this is not the time to be too interventionist or fanciful.’

There had been debate about whether the library should be restored or replaced with a modern addition.

But when Page\Park were appointed to the £35 million project it was confirmed the library would be rebuilt and restored rather than replaced.

Work is expected to start on the restoration project in spring 2016 with the scheme set to complete by 2018.

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  • I agree ih Prince Charles, Charles Rennie Mackintosh's fire damaged library in his masterpiece the Glasgow school of Art should be restored to what it was, to what CRM designed. I saw it in 1959 and it was magical. The whole building is a great work. Michael Ball AA Dipl RIBA Dip Arch Conservation

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  • How can it be restored 'Exactly as it was'? This is a great opportunity for architectural interpretation and translation and thereby root ourselves and connect ourselves to the currents of human progress.

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