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September 25 2012

GSA to build £20m graduate and research centre
Glasgow School of Art has launched a campaign to build a £20m graduate and research centre on the site of the Richmond Building, just one block away from Steven Holl & JM Architects main extension.

The latest addition to the School’s expanding Garnethill campus will require a £10m funding gap to be plugged via public donations and sponsorship.

If successful it will see the existing ‘sub-standard building', which has been deemed surplus to requirements, swept away to make way for a 4,300sq/m new build facility for post-graduates and new research.

GSA director Professor Seona Reid, said: "Research, knowledge exchange and the Graduate School are currently areas of significant development at the GSA.

"As well as offering greatly enhanced facilities for existing researchers and postgraduate programmes, the new Graduate and Research Centre will help the GSA realise its ambitious growth plans in these areas."

No plans will be commissioned until 2013 at the earliest with the scheme projected to move on site by 2016.

1 Comment

James Tallent
#1 Posted by James Tallent on 30 Sep 2012 at 12:05 PM
Why is no-one commenting about the fact that this, presumably, involves the demolition of a perfectly presentable 19th century villa?

if the building, inevitably, is said to be unfit for purpose then sell it to a private developer who could turn it into a beautiful block of flats.

The art school premises could be built on any of the numerous empty lots nearby all over Garnethill.

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