The site, opposite the school’s Grade A listed Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, is currently occupied by three buildings: the Foulis Building, Newbery Tower and the assembly building. The Foulis Building and Newbery Tower will be demolished and the assembly building will be partially demolished. In their place, Sir Robert McAlpine will deliver a new building of more than 11,000 sq metres by summer 2013.
Steven Holl Architects of New York, in association with Glasgow-based JM Architects and Arup Engineering, have designed the Phase 1 building. “Sited opposite a world-renowned architectural landmark of the calibre of the Mackintosh building, Phase 1 of the Garnethill campus demanded a design that respected its situation as well as having qualities that allowed it to stand on its own, “ said bailie Liz Cameron, executive member for development and regeneration at Glasgow City Council. “We commend the process by which this building has been commissioned and believe it has produced a bold, innovative and contemporary design which will be a worthy addition both to The Glasgow School of Art and the architecture of the City.”
Project manager is Turner & Townsend.