City Property and their letting agents, Ryden, have secured a new temporary home for some of the undergraduate and post graduate Fine Art students from The Glasgow School of Art while the rebuilding work takes place at the iconic Mackintosh building that was damaged by fire in May.
Some students and staff from the School of Fine Art are to be relocated to the 3rd and 4th floors of Tontine East, an office building on Trongate, Glasgow. The GSA is currently undertaking an extensive refit of 60,000 sq ft within the City Property-owned B-listed building with work going on around the clock to ensure it will be ready for the 230 students who will start the new term on 15 September 2014.
Pauline Barclay, Interim Managing Director of City Property stated; “The despair felt by the students and staff of The Glasgow School of Art following the fire was felt far beyond Glasgow and even Scotland. Although there was some damage to the world-renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh building 90% of the structure is viable and many of the valuable artefacts were rescued. We were able to provide McLellan Galleries as accommodation for these in the immediate aftermath of the fire.
We are delighted to be continuing this relationship with The Glasgow School of Art by providing space within Tontine East and we will continue to offer our support until the time they can return to the Garnethill Campus.
Mandy Watson of Ryden said: “We are pleased to have been able to help the GSA and it’s also fantastic news for the city. The property has been empty since March and so this letting will provide a boost to local traders.”