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The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building Restoration

The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building Restoration

Key Facts

Client

The Glasgow School of Art

Location

167 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6RQ

Value

£25,000,000

Internal Floor Area

6,500m2

2015 restoration of the Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art
Heritage & Conservation

Historic Photos

An incredibly important part of the evidence base for the reconstruction was the post completion photographs taken by Bedford Lemere in 1910, documenting the building as completed in 1910. The original glass plate negatives are held in the collections of Historic Environment Scotland, and are of such quality that fine details and textures can be clearly seen. These photographs have been used as a basic point of reference throughout the project, not least for the reconstruction of the historic lighting scheme, for which they have been an invaluable resource.

Visualisations

A series of visualisations produced to assist in the re-imagining of  the reconstructed interiors. Each image is taken from our highly detailed Building Information Model.

Sketches

Sketching was used as a tool to survey and understand the building at its various scales – the material build up of the fabric and the junctions and connections between elements.

Prototype

Library Prototype © Alan McAteer
Library Prototype © Alan McAteer

People Behind the Prototype

Natalia Burakowska joined Page\Park in 2013 from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland after studying the Preservation of Architectural Heritage. Natalia has been meticulously researching, measuring and drawing the library since our appointment in 2015. The prototype is the culmination of her hard work and rigorous conservation approach. The Library has been fully drawn and modelled by Natalia using BIM technology, meaning every element of the Library is modelled in meticulous detail. Shown here is just a snapshot of that hard work; extracts from construction drawings used to build the Library.

Andy Zahn is an architect and our in-house model maker at Page \ Park. He has been working closely with Natalia for over 2 years to get to grips with every detail of the original Library construction. Through a process of hand drawing and modelling, Andy’s detailed studies have complimented Natalia’s methodical approach. Shown here are some of the drawings and notes from Andy’s study of the carved pendants in the library, these were passed on to the joiners to begin the conversation about how to recreate the subtleties of the original library.

Angus Johnston is one of the talented craftsmen at Laurence McIntosh who were tasked with interpreting our drawings into reality. The joiners have been directly involved in discussions with Andy and Natalia throughout the making of the prototype, to make sure all of their research and testing was translated into reality.

Martins Cirulis is the carver at Laurence McIntosh who carved the intricate timber pendant for the prototype. Martins is originally from Latvia and showed a skill and craftsmanship in his work that was felt to convey the same humanity of the original carvings. It is important that the work displays a sense of confidence, and a unique hand in order to have the same human spirit as the original pendants.

Site Progress

Drawings

Building Information Model - before and after reconstruction
Building Information Model - before and after reconstruction

Testimonial

“Page\Park Architects have ongoing relationships with key crafts specialists and artists in Scotland and wider afield, and presented exciting proposals for expanding the legacy of the restoration by working with a new generation of creative talent.”

Prof Tom Inns Director of Glasgow School of Art

Consultants

Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates
M&E Engineer: Harley Haddow LLP
Fire Engineer: Atelier 10
Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
CDM Co-ordinator: CDM Scotland
Contractor: Kier Construction
Lighting Designer : Kevan Shaw Lighting Design