Two years ago, a disastrous fire broke out in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Building, the jewel of the Glasgow School of Art’s campus. Now, after sifting through the damage, outlining a careful restoration plan and finding the funds, the Glasgow School of Art has announced that the building will not only be back in operation for the 2018 - 2019 academic year, but will also be part of a campus expansion plan that includes upgrading the Mac’s east wing, and adding a former Stow College building for studio/workshop space.
Just as it was before the fire, when it reopens The Mac will be at the center of the campus circulation, and serve as the home-base for first year students. The new Stow College site will be refurbished by BDP beginning this summer, with plans for the School of Fine Arts to move in the fall of 2017.
Page\Park, the architects appointed to restore the Mac and expand its east wing, started work in March 2015. Total costs are rounding out to £51m (about two-thirds for the restoration and the rest for the east wing upgrade).
Check back next week for a Feature look behind the scenes of Page\Park’s restoration process.