The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines, with a proven history of producing some of the world’s most successful and influential practitioners.
Our ambition is to be global leaders in studio-based learning and research, collaborating locally, nationally and internationally, transforming thinking through developing creative approaches with new audiences. Realising this ambition over the next three years will see our student community and research activity increase by over 25% - and this strategic ambition needs to be matched by a transformation in our estate with the iconic, collaborative, Mackintosh-designed school of art at its core.
Over the last 10 years, the GSA has invested significantly in its estate from the Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project, the re-imagined Haldane Building, refurbished Library and the £50m Reid Building for the School of Design and the first phase of a wider campus redevelopment.
The Mackintosh Building fire in May 2014 has however, required the School to pause and reconsider its approach.
The Mackintosh Building
The GSA understands its responsibility to restore the Mackintosh Building, we are custodians of an iconic piece of world architectural heritage, and also recognised that it must be brought back to the heart of the campus as an appropriate, contemporary and safe academic environment.
Bringing back Mackintosh’s original academic configuration of a collaborative school of art, the restored Mackintosh Building will become home to our entire first year community, giving every student – emergent architect, designer and fine artist – an experience of studying in its inspirational spaces.
To be completed during academic year 2018/19, this requires an imaginative and bold approach to how we transform the rest of our estate.
The Stow Building
Located a short walk from the Mackintosh Building and heart of the GSA campus, the purchase of the former Stow College building is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to resolve our immediate estate’s needs. The original college building, imaginatively refurbished, will provide a new home and studios for the School of Fine Art, bringing its academic departments together in one building for the first time in over 50 years.
Covering approximately three acres, the former Stow College Campus provides the GSA with the space for future growth currently unavailable within the tight urban fabric of Garnethill.
At a total project cost of £80 million, the Mackintosh Campus Appeal will sympathetically and authentically restore the world-famous Mackintosh Building and return it to the heart of our campus, enable us to recover from the consequences of the fire and also fund the purchase and refurbishment of the Stow building.
The resultant transformation of our estate will be pivotal to our academic ambitions: for growth across our portfolio the creation of new studio spaces that encourage collaboration within and beyond our disciplines, with other academic partners, industry, the third sector and each other.
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