Glasgow’s Mac begin search for ‘faithful re-entry’ architect

The two-stage procurement will select a team to deliver a “faithful restoration” of the 1909 architectural masterpiece designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Alan Dunlop of Glasgow-based Alan Dunlop Architects called it “Scotland’s most important commission since the Parliament Building”.

The contest comes just two months after Scottish firefighters finally released their report into the devastating blaze, admitting the cause remains a mystery.

The rehabilitation project will follow a program of stabilization works due to be completed in 2024. A project manager and a cost consultant are also sought under separate contracts.

In its brief, the Glasgow School of Art indicates that it wants a full architect-led design team to deliver RIBA Stages 2-7. transfer the results into a co-ordinated design package that meets Glasgow School of Art requirements while recognizing cost and time parameters. Stakeholder engagement, presentation at all levels of the school and fully coordinated design direction through the RIBA stages are key to the success of the project.

The Mackintosh building was the historic home of the school which now has 2,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying art, design and architecture. The historic building was gutted on June 15, 2018 as it underwent a £35million restoration program following an earlier fire in 2014.

After a ‘complex and resource-intensive investigation’, which took the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service more than three-and-a-half years, firefighters have admitted they still do not know how the blaze started.

In October 2021, Glasgow School of Art ruled out the construction of a new building to replace the fire-ravaged structure and instead opted for a ‘faithful restoration’ of the 1909 architectural masterpiece.

The project aims to improve the student experience at school, create new sustainable and digital infrastructure, involve the local community and support “greater diversification of sources of income”. It should be completed in 2028.

Applicants must hold £10 million professional indemnity insurance, £10 million third party liability insurance and £10 million employer’s liability insurance. An average annual turnover of at least £1 million will also be required.

Up to eight teams will be shortlisted for the commission and invited to bid following an initial selection questionnaire. Bids will be evaluated 60% on quality and 40% on cost.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 22 at noon.

How to register

To see the contract notice for more information

Contact Details

Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

Tel: +44 1413534500
Email: [email protected]

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