GLASGOW.- The Glasgow School of Art
has announced the names of the architects practices shortlisted to lead the restoration of the Mackintosh Building. The five-strong shortlist, which follows completion of the PQQ process, comprises Avanti Architects, John McAslan + Partners, LDN Architects LLP, Page \ Park Architects and Purcell.
All of the shortlisted practices have a strong record in undertaking major restoration and work in historic buildings together with an impressive commitment to the use of new technology and the finest craftsmanship, says Liz Davidson, Mackintosh Restoration Project director at The Glasgow School of Art. They each bring the level of experience and expertise that is vital to the restoration of Mackintoshs masterpiece. We are now looking forward to hearing more about their proposed approaches.
London-based Avanti Architects past portfolio of heritage building work includes the project to bring back into use Alfred Waterhouses 1887 Victoria Building at Liverpool University and the restoration of the iconic Art Deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe. The practice is currently working with international arts practice NVA on its St Peters Seminary, Cardross project.
In 2007 Edinburgh, London and Manchester-based John McAslan + Partners undertook the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintoshs re-design of 78 Derngate in Northampton. The practice also led the restoration of Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeffs Grade I listed De La Warr Pavilion and of the iconic Marché en Fer in Haiti. One of the McAslans most recent projects is the development of Londons Kings Cross Station.
Edinburgh and Forres-based LDN Architects LLP have undertaken a range of heritage projects, particularly in Scotland. These include Sir Walter Scotts Abbotsford House, Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion and the A Listed Fort Augustus Abbey on Loch Ness.
Among the projects in Glasgow-based Page \ Park s historic buildings portfolio are the redevelopment of Glasgows Centre for Contemporary Art, the recent refurbishment of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the conversion of Mackintoshs Herald Building into The Lighthouse architecture and design centre. The practice has recently completed the extension to Glasgows historic Theatre Royal.
UK and Hong Kong-based Purcells historic building projects have ranged from the redevelopment of Hong Kongs 1841 Central Police Station to work at Kew Palace, Knowle House, The School of Arts in Chatham and the National Mining Museum in Scotland.
The five practices have now been invited to present more detailed proposals on their approach to the restoration of the A Listed Mackintosh Building as a fully functioning architecture, art and design school. The presentations will take place in mid March 2015 with the appointment made later in the month.