Speirs Locks Studio, Garscube Road, Glasgow, G4Category: ScotlandArchitect: Malcolm Fraser ArchitectsClient: RSAMDContractor: Thomas JohnstoneStructural Engineer: Struer Consulting EngineersContract Value: £3.25mDate of completion: August 2010Gross internal area: 3,480 sq mFour, nondescript, 1980s portal frame buildings have been skilfully and economically transformed into new technical teaching areas, including design studios, teaching rooms, a wardrobe department with paint, timber and stage workshops for the Royal Academy of Music and Drama. It is a strongly detailed transformation with an industrial aesthetic. Access is organised on two levels providing views down to the workshops from the upper level. A separate entrance facilitates access to four new, naturally lit, studios for students of contemporary ballet and musical theatre. The building has been re-roofed, and new windows and profiled cladding further enhance its energy efficiency. A large, brightly painted sign, direct onto the existing brickwork marks the advent of this important new cultural asset for this area of GlasgowPhotograph courtesy: David Morris
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