Campus re-development (Phase 1) - Reid Building

Capital and whole life cost management of the GSA's Reid Building redevelopment

Key information

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Date started: 2009

Completion date: 2014

Key services: Project management , cost and commercial management

Client’s requirements

The GSA identified that its existing estate was in such a condition that it posed the single greatest risk to the long term academic and financial sustainability.

As the first phase of wider plans to address this, two existing buildings were demolished to create a new 11,000 sq m building befitting its prestigious surroundings. The project involved decanting staff and students to temporary accommodation for the duration of the work and also refurbishing adjacent the Grade C listed student union.

Our contribution

We were involved from project inception, providing full project management and cost management services. We developed and implemented a robust stakeholder management and consultation process, along with governance, communication, change control, programme and cost management procedures. Our master programme took careful consideration of the School’s academic curriculum, to safeguard business continuity and minimise disruption.

Making the difference

We worked with GSA to hold an international design competition leading to the appointment of a multi-discipline team led by the world-renowned architect, Steven Holl. This facilitated the delivery of a design which met all client requirements including conservation of the historic heritage of the site. Our collaborative working style between the contractor, client and design team achieved a pro-active, solution orientated approach which was fundamental to overcoming some of the complex issues which arose during the development.

In managing the capital and whole life costs of the building, we controlled the overall ‘turnkey costs’, ensuring that the project was delivered within budget. Our re-programming of the migration process accommodated an overlap in the completion of the new building, allowed the new school term to commence on time.

The ultimate success of the building is reflected in the many accolades it has received from across the globe.



  • Glasgow Institute of Architects 2014: Supreme Award, Education Design Award
  • AIA NYS Design Awards 2014: Education
  • Structural Awards 2014: Award for Arts or Entertainment Structures
  • Architect’s Journal Awards 2014: Building of the Year
  • Lux Awards 2014: Education and Healthcare Project of the Yea

For further information contact:

Alison Jamieson
Senior Business Generation Manager