Statue unveiling marks completion of £60 million regeneration project

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking at the statue unveiling.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited our regeneration of Anderston in Glasgow to formally mark the £60 million project’s completion.

Ms Sturgeon unveiled a statue of renowned artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh on the 90th anniversary of his death, a piece of public art commissioned by Sanctuary Group.

The sculpture of Mackintosh by Andy Scott weighs three tons, is 2.8 metres tall and sits atop a 2.2 metre plinth. It shows Mackintosh sat on the famous high-backed chair he designed for Glasgow’s Argyle Street Tea Rooms. The statue faces west from a section of Argyle Street reinstated during our regeneration of Anderston.

The sculpture of Mackintosh by Andy Scott

Ms Sturgeon said: “It is a privilege to officially unveil Andy Scott’s installation, which now stands in pride of place in Anderston – an area transformed through the ten-year regeneration project.”

Sanctuary Scotland worked with the local community, Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to demolish and replace 1960s blocks with 540 high quality, affordable homes.

Sanctuary Group’s chief executive Craig Moule said: “We believe Andy’s statue is a fitting way to mark the completion of Sanctuary’s regeneration of Anderston.

“The thousands of people who’ll pass the statue each day will help to ensure Mr Mackintosh’s memory lives on."