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 was 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 quality architectural concrete finishes throughout the building.
  • Three inclined driven void light shafts, each containing irregular shaped openings, formed using CNC cut plywood pattern formers.
  • Curved concrete feature staircase formed insitu using CNC cut timber formers.
  • Fully waterproofed basement solution.
  • Each floor plate a unique size and shape.