Glasgow School of Art


Location: Glasgow

Client: Sir Robert McAlpine

Value: £6.0 million

Duration: 44 weeks


The Seona Reid building is the extraordinary and unique extension to the existing Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1909 Glasgow School of Art building situated in the heart of Glasgow City.

The structure consists of a two storey basement, and a five storey frame with three architectural driven voids cutting through the building. The "Driven Void" light shafts are inclined at 12 degrees and deliver natural light through the building. In addition they provide vertical circulation throughout the building, eliminating the need for air conditioning.

Concrete Society Award Winner 2014 -Certificate of Excellence Building (Education) Category


  • High class Type C and Class B feature exposed architectural concrete finishes throughout the building.
  • Three sloping vertical “Driven Voids”, each containing irregular shaped openings, formed using CNC cut plywood pattern formers.
  • Two storey basement and five storey frame above ground.
  • Curved concrete feature staircase formed insitu using CNC cut timber formers.
  • Full waterproofed basement solution.
  • Each floor plate a unique size and shape.