Gardiner and Theobald has been appointed as project manager on the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s fire-damaged Glasgow School of Art
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The firm will work with the yet-to-be-appointed architect and the Glasgow School of Art’s senior project manager Liz Davidson on the project.
The architects still vying for the work include conservation specialists Avanti and Purcell, local firms Page\Park and LDN Architects and John McAslan + Partners – which restored Mackintosh’s last major commission, at 78 Derngate in Northampton (AJ 20.11.03).
The five teams are expected to make presentations of the plans for bringing the 1909 Art Nouveau landmark back to its former glory in the coming weeks and a winner will be announced next month.
The project, which could cost up to £35 million, has been the subject of controversy with a number of architects arguing a new modern library should be built rather than an exact replica of the original, while in the aftermath of the fire, a number of architects, including shortlisted John McAslan, said the library should be replicated.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece was devastated by fire in May with the famous library almost entirely destroyed.
David Logue, senior partner of Gardiner & Theobald, said: ‘Watching the footage of the fire at the Mack on 23 May last year was heartbreaking, like witnessing the pain and suffering of an old friend. The building truly is one of Scotland’s national treasures and we are honoured that Gardiner & Theobald have been entrusted to manage its restoration.’