Restoring the fire-damaged Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art isn't just about sourcing the appropriate physical materials, but introducing a spirit of rejuvenation to the younger set, too.
“We want to make sure that the restoration of The Mackintosh Building can deliver increased
levels of traditional skills training in Glasgow and the surrounding area,” Liz Davidson, Senior Project Manager, Mackintosh Restoration said in a press release. “We will expect our Main Contractor to commit to an extensive programme of recruiting and training new apprentices which will both support the local economy in Glasgow and ensure that the skills required to restore historic buildings such as the Mack do not die out.”
The winner of the shortlist of contractors, which includes Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd, BAM Construction Ltd, John Graham Construction Ltd, Kier Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd., will be tasked with restoring one of architecture's most treasured spaces. Their every move will also be digitally recorded: a team of 3D visualizers at the GSA's Digital Design Studio has created a series of images of the fire damage (displayed throughout this article) that will become part of a BIM to document the complexities of the restoration process. It's hoped that the documentation will aid future undertakings of this nature.