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We delivered an inspirational new landmark building for this internationally renowned school of art.

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General Information

The new five-storey Reid Building provides an innovative and inspiring learning and teaching facility for Glasgow School of Art.

Structurally complex, the building features large cantilevers at high level and three signature lightwells which flood the interior with natural light. The retained Grade C(S) listed Assembly Building was incorporated into the development which houses a range of studios and teaching facilities as well as workshops, communal areas and exhibition spaces.

Fast facts

Glasgow School of Art
2011 - 2014

Our deep basement expertise enabled us to rationalise the use of props during excavation. As well as easing congestion in the basement and making it a safer area to work in, this also provided subsequent programme benefits and a considerable cost saving.

Three “driven voids of light” allow natural light to permeate every level of the building. With the angled lightwells representing one of the school’s key features, mock-ups were constructed to allow the client and design team to scrutinise the proposed works and to enable us to refine our construction methodology to ensure the required quality was achieved.

With the site located in a residential area and close to two schools, including one with classrooms within three metres of the site works, close liaison with our neighbours was essential.

A bespoke traffic management plan using a vehicle holding area diverted construction traffic away from the schools, with deliveries timed to avoid pupil arrival and departure times.

The Reid Building won the Award for Arts or Entertainment Structures at the Structural Awards 2014. It was also named Building of the Year 2014 at the Architects’ Journal’s AJ100 Awards and received a Certificate of Excellence in the Education category at the 2014 Concrete Society Awards.

The development was recognised in the Education category and received the Architecture Chairman’s Award at the Scottish Design Awards 2015, while the Students’ Association won an interior design award.

The project also won the Design through Innovation category at the RICS Awards 2015 – Scotland.