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A team led by Page & Park Architects has been approved for the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building which was destroyed by fire last spring. The appointment was announced March 31, 2015. The design team will lead the project, following presentations by a shortlist of five leading practices earlier this month.

Page \ Park undertook a detailed analysis of the construction of a bay from the Mackintosh Library, including the creation of an accurate scale model, to answer the question “what do we know about the library that will enable us to do a successful reconstruction?”

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It has been announced that five teams are the running to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s celebrated school of art in Glasgow. UK based John McAslan + Partners (who restored Mackintosh’s last major commission), Scottish practice Page \ Park, and London and Hong-Kong based architects Purcell are all in the frame to lead the restoration of the Mackintosh Building amid a debate over how best to approach the rebuilding of the library and the areas of the building that were devastated by fire in May of last year. The selection of Avanti Architects and LDN Architects complete the roster.

Fourteen practices, from over one hundred initial expressions of interest, formally submitted documents in the first round of the tender.

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UK culture secretary Sajid Javid called the staff and students of the Glasgow School of Art an inspiration on a visit to the art school yesterday, July 24. The school’s historic Mackintosh Building tragically went up in flames on May 23, and both the building and student artworks inside were left seriously damaged. “The resilience shown by the staff and students since the terrible fire is a real inspiration,” Javid said.

It was also announced this week that the government will provide a further £5 million to go towards a new Graduate and Research Center.

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A crane lifts charred debris from the roof of Glasgow School of Art. Windows on the building's ruinous west side, their glass gone, reveal the burnt-out studios within. It is a scene of devastation.

But, in a gallery a few steps away, the courage and creativity of students whose biggest moment was wrecked by the fire that rampaged through Charles Rennie Mackintosh's great building last month makes for what must be the most moving of this summer's graduate exhibitions.

This is not a normal degree show. It cannot be. The School of Fine Art that was based in the Mackintosh building has put together what it calls a showcase for those of its students whose degree work was caught up in the fast spreading inferno.

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Glasgow School of Art has said there will be special bursaries for the students most seriously affected by the fire in its Charles Rennie Mackintosh building last week.

Up to a hundred fine art students who lost work in Friday's blaze will receive the Phoenix bursaries, providing studio space for up to six months and a living allowance while they rebuild their portfolios.

The director of Glasgow School of Art, Prof Tom Inns, said: "The beating heart of the GSA is its students and our priority is to ensure that all those most seriously affected by the fire are given the opportunity to rebuild their practice."

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Firefighters in Scotland were able to salvage most of the Glasgow School of Art from a fire last week, except for its iconic library located at the top of the building, said Duncan McKenzie, a press officer for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on Monday. The cause of the fire, which began on Friday and was extinguished a day later, remained unknown, he said.

“Ninety percent of the structure remains viable and firefighters recovered around 70 percent of the items inside,” Mr. McKenzie said.

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