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All communications regarding the fire in the Mackintosh Building on 15 June 2018 will be reproduced here. For general and press statements see this page, for student, staff, alumni and community-specific communications please refer to sub-pages left (laptop) or dropdown (mobile). Press statements are also available on our media centre at http://gsapress.blogspot.com

What we know

This document provides an overview of information known by the GSA regarding the Mackintosh Building Fire on 15th June 2018. As more information becomes available we will update this document. This document has been updated on 23 August. 

WHAT WE KNOW (pdf)


Statement on the Mackintosh Building 11 September 

The 8-week programme for the managed down-taking of the dangerous high level elements of the Mackintosh Building is now virtually complete. Bracing scaffolding has also been completed on the east gable and north-east façade rendering the south, east and around half of the north side of the building completely safe. Glasgow City Council has already reduced the security cordon on the east side of the building (Dalhousie Street) and the south side (Sauchiehall Street).

As the work progressed the building was constantly monitored to establish what, if any, further work might be needed. In early July The Glasgow School of Art advised Glasgow City Council that it was very likely additional work would be needed on the library tower (south west corner) beyond the agreed 8-week programme and mitigating work would be considered. The extent of this would only become clear once the existing scaffolding was stripped away.

Unfortunately, all but two of the main fire exits from the CCA are opposite the south-west corner of the Mackintosh Building and the ABC O2, meaning that entry to their building is dependent on the safety of this area of Scott Street. As late as the end of August both GSA and Glasgow City Council were hoping to move towards getting controlled access to the CCA by mid September for Cultural Tenants and other businesses based in the building, and to enable the building to reopen.

With support and encouragement from Glasgow City Council the GSA has been in conversation with the CCA for the last ten days seeking to identify how controlled access might be arranged and addressing the key issue of the fire exits on Scott Street. 

The GSA and Glasgow City Council met with the CCA earlier today to take these conversations forward, and it was agreed that it would be possible for access to be facilitated to fix the water ingress in the Gallery as a matter or urgency. Managed access for the Cultural Tenants and other businesses based in the building is still being discussed, but full public access to venue will not, however, be possible before early October.

The GSA’s expert structural engineers submitted proposals for the south-west corner echoing the successful bracing of the south east corner yesterday. A small amount of additional work is being done on them so Glasgow City Council Building Control can move to sign these off, following which GSA’s contractor, Mabey, will begin the bracing work. This work is anticipated to take around three weeks from when it begins on site, but this is subject to weather conditions.

“The Glasgow School of Art has a close relationship with the CCA,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “We have been working with them to identify solutions to the key issue of their fire exits on Scott Street, and to see what can be done to enable managed access.”

“Along with Glasgow City Council we had hoped that access in mid-September might have been possible, but inspections of the building following the final removal of existing scaffolding on the south west corner confirmed that additional work would need to be undertaken here.”

“We will work flat out to get this work done as soon as possible and in the meantime will continue to identify how controlled access can be arranged.”

 

Statement on the Mackintosh Building 25 August

“Our number one priority has been getting people back into their homes and business, so we are really pleased to hear this is going ahead this weekend,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art.
“We know the fire has been a huge challenge for our neighbours, especially those who have been displaced for the past 10 weeks.
“Our teams have been working flat out to get to this stage, and are still working flat out to get the remaining work done as quickly as possible so that the final section of the cordon can be reduced.”
“We are doing this work in the only safe way for the workers and also to make sure that there was no danger of damage to surrounding properties.”
The managed dismantling of the dangerous parts of the Mackintosh Building is now virtually complete, with the south façade and the east gable safe. 
Work is also moving swiftly on the west end of the building where Reigart have been dismantling and cutting away the existing scaffolding to get further access to this part of the building.
“We want to thank all our expert teams from David Narro Associates, Reigart and SGB who have gone more than the extra mile to get us to this point as quickly as possible,” adds Professor Inns.
 “We have all been motivated by one overriding priority, to get the cordon on the south and east of the building reduced so that displaced residents can get home and affected businesses can get up and running. We hope very much that as people start to return to their properties this weekend this will be the beginning of getting the area back to normality.”

Update 14/08/18

Statement from The Glasgow School of Art
East gable of ‘The Mack’ within two weeks of stabilisation

The east gable of the Mackintosh Building is within two weeks of stabilisation it was confirmed today, 14 August 2018. Specialist scaffolders, SGB, have been working seven days a week to install the critical shoring scaffolding which will ensure that the Dalhousie Street end of the building is safe and stable.

Last week Reigart were also on site seven days with two cranes and two mobile elevated working platforms (MEWPs) working from 7.30am – 7.30pm Monday – Thursday and 8am – 5pm on Friday – Sunday progressing the managed dismantling. There was some down time on Wednesday 8 August due to high winds, but this had minimal impact on the overall work schedule.

Work continued around the whole of the building with down taking of the dangerous masonry nearing completion in all zones except the south west corner (the library tower). Plans for critical shoring and bracing have also been progressed with work already underway on the south east corner (above Sauchiehall Street), and work on the northeast corner scheduled to begin later this week.

Following the completion of initial safety work on the ABC O2 the main crane has now been moved to the corner of Scott Street and Sauchiehall Street to facilitate access to the west end of the south façade and the west gable. The existing scaffolding is being cut away and removed from this area allowing further access for down-takings. The sandstone upstand gables of studio 58 (above the library) have now been reduced with the majority of the stone lowered to street level for cataloguing and removal to off site storage.

“The shoring scaffolding on Dalhousie Street, which is the critical part of the work to make the east gable safe, is on schedule for completion in the next two weeks,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art.  “After this we hope very much that Glasgow City Council Building Control will reduce the size of the security cordon.”

 “We continue to work seven days a week to make the whole of the Mackintosh Building stable as soon as possible so that the community can return to their homes and businesses.Our primary focus to date has been on the east gable and south façade which are most significantly impacting on the community, but following initial safety work on the ABC O2 we have now begun dismantling the dangerous parts of the west gable in earnest."

What we know

This document provides an overview of information known by the GSA regarding the Mackintosh Building Fire on 15th June 2018. As more information becomes available we will update this document.

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Update 07/08/18
Statement from The Glasgow School of Art
Stabilisation of east gable takes another step forward
Work on shoring scaffolding on Dalhousie Street gable underway

Last week saw another step towards full stabilisation of the east gable of the Mackintosh Building as work began to install the shoring scaffolding. A team from SGB have been on site since Thursday 2 August and will work 7 days a week to ensure that this necessary part of the stabilisation work is completed as soon as possible. The work is currently scheduled for completion by 21 August.

Work is now being undertaken by GSA contractor, Reigart, on all areas of the building following commencement of the necessary safety works on the O2 ABC, which were commissioned by Glasgow City Council following issue of a Section 29 notice. The focus remains on the east gable and south façade, but work has also begun in earnest on the west end of the building.

The main steel roof beams to the west of the north elevation have now been removed and work to cut away and dismantle the existing scaffold to the north and west elevations is underway.

The hoarding and cabins which were in front of the north elevation on Renfrew Street have been removed, and the site has been cleared in readiness for the erection of new scaffolding.

The scheme for bracing to the wall heads for north façade, and centre and east sections of the south facade are being developed. These are expected to be finalised this week.

As the majority of the work being done continues in the areas of the building which we most affected in the fire much of the masonry was judged too damaged to keep, and was therefore moved safely into the building. Some pieces were retained and removed from the building in preparation for storage off site.

The GSA contractor, Reigart, continues to work on site 7 days a week from 7.30am – 7.30pm Monday to Thursday and 7.30am to 5pm on Friday to Sunday. There was down time for the cranes on Tuesday 31 August due to high winds, but the work remains on schedule.

“We are now at the half way point in the agreed timetable for the stabilisation of the Mackintosh Building and we remain on schedule,” says Professor Tom Inns “Last week saw the beginning of scaffolding work on the east gable which is an important step forward in making this area on Dalhousie Street safe.

“We are also moving forward with plans for the bracing work which will secure the east and central sections of the south façade above Sauchiehall Street.

“Once this work is complete we will advise Glasgow City Council Building Standards so they can consider reducing the size of the security cordon.” 

Update 31/07/18
Statement from The Glasgow School of Art 
Work progressing on three sides of the Mackintosh Building

Stabilisation work is now underway on three sides of the Mackintosh Building it was confirmed today, 31 July 2018. Last week saw two cranes and two mobile elevated working platform (MEWP)s on site enabling work to be undertaken at a high level on the east gable, south façade and north façade. The focus of the work continued to be on the east gable and south façade so as to make these areas of the building safe as soon as possible.

On the east gable remedial steel restraint strapping was installed. This allowed safe working for removal of the existing scaffolding, which is to be replaced by new, shoring scaffolding. Removal of the existing scaffolding is currently being undertaken by SGB and is close to being completed. Meanwhile, the GSA’s expert structural engineers, David Narro Associates, have developed the scheme for the shoring scaffold. Detailed design and calculations have been progressed and were shared with Glasgow City Council Building Standards.

At the west end of the building the existing scaffolding on the north facade (corner of Scott Street and Renfrew Street) 
was cut away and reduced. This meant it was possible to do high level work including removal of roof steelwork and RHS beams. The contractor was then able to do further interior down-takings.

Following the issue of a Section 29 notice work began to make a key area of the ABC O2 building safe so that stabilisation of the south façade of the Mackintosh Building could proceed. This work, which is being undertaken on behalf of Glasgow City Council by Reigart, is scheduled to be completed today.

In the last seven days work continued to be focused on the high level areas of the building. These are the areas which suffered most damage in the fire, and consequently much of the down-takings have been dropped into interior of building in a controlled manner. However, a number of selected stones and other items have been brought off the building for recording and removal from site to storage.

In the coming week work will begin in earnest on the west end of the building starting with the south façade above Sauchiehall Street.

“We are now three weeks into the stabilisation programme. Although there was some down time for the cranes over the weekend due to high winds making it too dangerous for the workmen, the down-taking remains on schedule,” says Professor Tom Inns.

“Our focus continues to be on the east gable and south façade which are the areas of the building impacting most on our neighbours, and we hope to begin installing the shoring scaffolding later this week.”

“We are grateful to Glasgow City Council for stepping in to commission necessary safety works on the ABC O2 building. This will enable us to move the main crane to the corner of Scott Street and start work on the west end of the Mackintosh Building above Sauchiehalll Street.” 

“We continue to work closely with Glasgow City Council Building Standards keeping them advised of the progress of the work so they can review the position of the security cordon.

Update 24/07/18

Statement from The Glasgow School of Art on further progress made on Mackintosh Building dismantling

Over the last week work to dismantle the dangerous parts of the Mackintosh Building has been progressing to plan.

The GSA’s contractor, Reigart, was on site from 7.30am – 7.30pm Monday to Thursday and 7.30am – 5pm on Friday – Sunday using a crane and mobile elevated working platform sited on Renfrew Street, and a further crane sited at the corner of Dalhousie Street and Sauchiehall Street.

The focus of the work continued to be on the south elevation, above Sauchiehall Street, and the east gable, on Dalhousie street, with work also undertaken on the centre of the north façade above the Director’s office.

Top sections to the east and south walls of the south east block have now been significantly reduced in height, and the south section of the east gable has been taken down to match the level of the south wall. Steel roof beams and RHS beams on the north east corner were safely removed and lifted to ground
level.

Most of the material removed during this week was too badly damaged to retain and was therefore moved safely into the building. A limited amount of material which was in a good enough condition for retention was brought off the building for recording and will be removed off site for storage.

Concurrent to the downtaking work the design of schemes for stabilization of the east gable and north façade have been progressed. These include a shoring scaffolding and internal bracing the designs for which have been and shared with Glasgow City Council Building Standards. Subject to approvals this phase of the work will commence at the beginning of August as planned.

Work this week (23-29 July) includes further reductions to the height of the south façade, removal of debris from the second floor level, and downtaking of existing scaffolding around the north east corner of the building. Dismantling of the south west corner block, above Sauchiehall Street, should also begin later this week, but this is dependent on works being undertaken to make the O2/ABC building safe.

“The fire in the Mackintosh Building has had a devastating effect on the Garnethill community and especially the people whose homes and businesses are within the security cordon,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art.
 
"We want to assure people that our first priority is dismantling the dangerous elements of the building in the safest way both for the workers and for surrounding properties. Our focus has been on the parts of the building which most directly affect our neighbours – the east gable and south façade – to ensure people can return to their homes and businesses as soon as possible.”

“Over the last two weeks the work has been going to plan, and we are still on schedule to complete the stabilisation of the building within the 8-week timetable.”

“Throughout the programme of works our expert structural engineers are keeping in contact with Glasgow Council Building Standards updating them on the work so that they can assess when it might be possible to reduce the size of the security cordon,” he adds.

 



Update 18/07/18


Statement from The Glasgow School of Art on the progress of the dismantling work

Work to dismantle the dangerous parts of the Mackintosh Building has been going to schedule it was confirmed today, 18 July 2018.  Three cranes have been on site working from 7.30am – 7.30pm Monday - Thursday and 7.30am – 5pm Friday – Sunday.

Work began on the central section of the south façade, above Sauchiehall Street, on Tuesday afternoon (11 July) and this section has now been lowered to the bottom of the parapet.

Over the weekend of 14-15 July the south-east staircase, which was one of the most fragile areas of the building, was taken down safely. The dismantling of this section is almost to first floor level. Work on the east end of the south façade is expected to continue for at least another two weeks.

Simultaneously work has begun to lower the east gable. All of the coping stones on the top of the gable had suffered severe fracturing caused by the metal cramps which hold them expanding in the intensity of the fire. One sample has been retained with the remainder moved quickly and safely into the interior of the building. The central turret and top of the gable have been removed and the down-taking of the main section of the gable is now underway.

On the north-east façade the steel beams of the roof structure have been removed and reduction to the wall to the south of this area is now under way.

In the centre of the north facade the turret and set back section directly above the main entrance have been removed, and the tops of the two return walls have been lowered to second floor level. Reduction of the walls immediately to the south of this area is now proceeding.

Throughout the process the GSA contractor, Reigart, and expert structural engineers, David Narro Associates, have been assessing the condition of the masonry and then removing it in the safest way for both the workers and surrounding properties. Where stonework has been assessed as significantly damaged and too dangerous to lift off the building it has been pushed into the interior.

“The GSA’s priority is to make the Mackintosh Building safe and stable so that the community can return to their homes and businesses at the earliest possible moment,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “Our contractors are working hard to achieve this and are currently on schedule.”

 

 

Update 10/07/18

Work Begins to Dismantle Dangerous Sections of the Mackintosh Building


Work has begun to dismantle dangerous sections of the Mackintosh Building today, 10 July 2018. The work will be done to a methodology developed by expert structural engineers, Glasgow-based David Narro Associates, and GSA contractor, Coatbridge-based Reigart. The methodology has been shared with Glasgow City Council Building Standards, who have worked with the GSA throughout the development, and with Historic Environment Scotland.

“The primary aim of the initial works is to make the building safe and structurally stable,” says Dominic Echlin of David Narro Associates. “It is important to understand that our agreed approach is the safest way to dismantle the dangerous elements of the building and, importantly, ensure there is no damage to nearby properties or risk to those working on site.”

“The Contractor is starting today to reduce the height of the high level walls on the south side of the building, carefully taking down damaged and unstable masonry. With the machinery brought to site the Contractor can work on several ‘fronts’, so after a start today in the middle of the south façade, we will quickly move on to reducing height to the top parts of the south-east corner and east façade. Work will then follow on the west end and then parts of north façade.” he adds. “This sequence has been determined so we keep the building as stable as possible and the dismantling controlled throughout the process.”

The work will be undertaken using manual dismantling of the masonry, which will be accessed by a combination of Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (MEWP) and crane hoists. It will be carried out as a controlled dismantling by Reigart. The main crane, which was brought up to Glasgow from Sheffield, is positioned in Sauchiehall Street at the junction with Dalhousie Street and it is hoped to position a second crane at the junction of Sauchiehall Street and Scott Street. Three further cranes will be used for the work. These will be positioned on Renfrew Street, one at the junction with Dalhousie Street and the other two opposite the Reid Building.

Masonry and brickwork will need to be dismantled in a controlled manner, brick by brick, block by block, with heavier high level stonework removed and transferred via hoists which will then be lowered down to street level for sorting and storage off site. Where possible and safer to do so, plainer areas of facades will be lowered into the site for later removal.  This permits the work to proceed swiftly and with minimum danger to surrounding properties. Protection will be provided to adjoining properties as necessary during the down taking elements of the work.

The work is expected to take several weeks, but as the various phases are completed, Glasgow City Council Building Standards will assess whether it is possible to reduce the size of the exclusion cordon.

 

Statement from The Glasgow School of Art, 2 July 2018

The Glasgow School of Art’s expert structural engineers, David Narro Associates, and contractor, Reigart, have prepared the methodology for the work which needs to be undertaken on the Mackintosh Building. This has been shared with Glasgow City Council Building Control and Historic Environment Scotland. 

Over the weekend work to assess the condition of the Mackintosh Building continued with further drone footage collected. Meanwhile, preparation work for the managed dismantling of the elements of the building that have been deemed dangerous got underway, on schedule, today.   The main crane has been relocated to the corner of Sauchiehall Street and Dalhousie Street, and a second crane is expected to join it tomorrow. 

The work to begin dismantling the south façade will start as soon as possible following approval of the methodology by Glasgow City Council Building Control. The cordon for the whole site, which includes the O2 ABC and Jumping Jacks, remains under the control of Glasgow City Council.

 

Joint Statement by The Glasgow School of Art and Kier Construction Limited
29/06/18


Following the fire on 15 June, The Glasgow School of Art and Kier Construction Limited confirm they have jointly concluded that the current contract for the Mackintosh Building restoration will end with immediate effect. Both parties agreed that the current contract could no longer be fulfilled or completed.

Kier Construction Limited was appointed in June 2016 as main contractor to deliver the works for the restoration of the Mackintosh Building. At contract award the value was circa £25m and the works were scheduled for completion in January 2019. 

The Glasgow School of Art acknowledges the work Kier Construction Limited and its appointed sub-contractors had undertaken to date.

 

Statement from The Glasgow School of Art on the Mackintosh Building
28/06/18

Yesterday The Glasgow School of Art, working with its team of structural experts, had an opportunity to continue its assessment of the structural integrity of the Mackintosh Building. The GSA’s new specialist site contractor, Reigart, has now brought large mobile cranes on site to allow detailed close-up visual assessment of damage to the building. All of this information is being shared with the Glasgow City Council Building Control team to establish an effective stabilisation strategy that ensures public safety.

The detailed visual assessment shows that damage to the Mackintosh Building is significantly greater than had initially been anticipated from ground visual assessment and the data from the drone and scanning footage which were undertaken last week.

The Glasgow School of Art’s site contractor Reigart, together with its structural engineers, David Narro Associates, are using all this information to develop a plan of works to achieve structural stability of the building. This will be agreed with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Glasgow City Council (GCC) Building Control. All parties are working in close collaboration to allow plans to be developed and agreed as quickly as possible.

The areas of significant concern are the east elevation, the west elevation and sections of the south elevation. The plan of works will involve Reigart undertaking extensive down takings and potential structural bracing. Due to the condition of the Mackintosh Building this work will be undertaken in a highly controlled way to minimise any potential risk of failure and be sufficient to achieve structural stability of the Mackintosh Building. 

The aim of the GSA and GCC will be to return normal access for residents and businesses as soon as possible.

When the plan of works has been agreed with HES and GCC Building Control it will be made public.

 

Update on the Mackintosh Building 22/06/18

We are working tirelessly with Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland and our own engineers and professional teams at GSA to assess the Mackintosh Building and ensure its stabilisation, safely, and as practically as possible.  Our priority for the site is to ensure the safety of our local Garnethill, Broomielaw and Blythswood community until this can be achieved, and we are working with the Council as the lead on this. 

The School of Simulation and Visualisation are digitally scanning the Building and we also obtained drone footage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=fEn4F3LLKDU) that you may have seen as we released it to the media earlier in the week. Both the scans and the footage are providing vital information to assist in the assessment of the Mackintosh Building and ensuring its stabilisation as soon as possible. 

Over this week as we have previously stated we have been working to ensure that the GSA can be fully operational as soon as possible and whilst our buildings remain closed to students until reopening on 2 July we anticipate being operational for the start of the new semester in September 2018.

 

Statement from the GSA 19 June 2018 - Work to assess the condition of the Mackintosh Building underway

With the support of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland a team of experts has been able to enter the site to begin to assess the condition of the Mackintosh Building. Staff from the School of Simulation and Visualisation at the GSA together with experts from Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland and specialist structural engineers David Narro Associations were able to get a first proper look at the building yesterday, 18 June 2018.

A 3D Visualisation, detailed photography and aerial drone footage has been collected which marks the start of a long and complex process. Director of The Glasgow School of Art, Professor Tom Inns and Chair of the Board of Governors, Muriel Gray were allowed access to the site for the first time today, 19 June 2018. “Since Friday evening The Glasgow School of Art has been working round the clock to ensure that the academic experience for over 400 postgraduate and 1500 Open Studio students can continue,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “We would like to express our thanks to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland for allowing us to come up on to the site today and for enabling access yesterday in order to begin assessing the condition of the building.”

“This was the first opportunity for the expert team to see the building and begin what will be a long and complex process of determining the future of the Mack, but we remain optimistic.” “We are overwhelmed by the messages of support and offers of help from across the globe in the aftermath of Friday’s fire,” adds Muriel Gray, Chair of the Board of Governors. “There is a huge desire to see Mackintosh’s masterpiece rise again, one which we all share. 

We have incredibly detailed information on the building collated over the last 4 years, and have worked with teams of talented craftspeople who were doing a tremendous job on the restoration. However, this was one of our first proper looks at the building. As soon as we can we will share information with you.” The Glasgow School of Art will remains closed. The campus with the exception of the Reid and Bourdon buildings is expected to reopen on 2 July. Alternative arrangements are being put in place for students who would normally be based in these buildings.

 

Latest statement from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS)
18/06/18

An investigation into the fire that took hold of The Glasgow School of Art, O2 ABC and adjoining buildings at the weekend will be complex and thorough.

Assistant Chief Officer David McGown of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service says it will take some time to establish the full facts and circumstances. He spoke as three fire engines and a high reach appliance remain at the scene in Glasgow city centre on Monday, June 18. The fire has largely been extinguished however a few pockets of fire remain which crews are still working to extinguish. There are no reported casualties. At its height, more than 120 firefighters attended the incident when the alarm was raised at 11.19pm on Friday, June 15.

ACO McGown, who is the SFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, said: “We are now in our third full day of fire service operations. “Firefighters have been working extremely hard on the scene since Friday night – and continue to do so today. “I would first and foremost like to pay tribute to their outstanding professionalism, working effectively alongside our partners to protect the community. “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service recognises what the Glasgow School of Art building and O2 ABC mean to the people of Glasgow and the impact on smaller local businesses who have also been affected. “This has been at the forefront of all of our minds throughout what has been a challenging and protracted incident.”

ACO McGown continued: “The investigation into this devastating incident has already commenced.“Our fire investigation team has started gathering information and, working alongside our police partners, will look at various sources of information to establish exactly what has happened here. “However, I would like to stress that this is a very complex process and will take time. “It is of vital importance that we ensure the full facts and circumstances of this incident are clearly established.”

ACO McGown added: “Our Fire Investigations team are specialists in their own field. “They will look at every aspect of this incident – including the cause of the fire, how it spread and what safety measures were in place. “We understand the need for clarity here and why so many want to know how this happened, but I would again like to reiterate that we need to establish the full facts and circumstances of this incident – and this will take time.”


Statement on the Mackintosh Building Fire
17/06/18

The Mackintosh Building has been undergoing a period of extensive restoration following the fire in 2014 and therefore has not been a part of the GSA’s operational campus for four years.  Whilst the fire in ‘the Mack’ is devastating news, The Glasgow School of Art’s immediate focus is on our students, and on the continuing operation of the GSA to ensure minimum disruption to students and staff. 

Today, for the first time since the fire we have had an opportunity to have access to our adjoining buildings and the process of assessing them is now underway.  We have also had visible sight of the Mackintosh Building.  The entire site remains under the control of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who we have been liaising closely with since the fire broke out.  
    
Muriel Gray, Chair of the Board of Governors, GSA said “First we would like to express our deep gratitude to the magnificent Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and also to extend our sympathy to our neighbours, both residents and businesses, who have also suffered, very much including the beloved O2 ABC Glasgow.

It is an understatement to say everyone is utterly devastated but as usual the GSA Executive Team, staff and students, have been outstanding, positive and supportive.  We now have a difficult waiting game until Scottish Fire and Rescue Service , Glasgow City Council and associated agencies have completed their investigations into the condition of the Building.  We remain hopeful of as positive an outcome as possible because it is clear that the love for the Mackintosh and recognition of its importance to Glasgow and the wider world is shared by absolutely everyone”. 

Professor Tom Inns, Director – GSA said “We are heartbroken our beloved Mackintosh Building has suffered another major fire.  We are eternally grateful for the professionalism and passion of the Scottish emergency services, principally the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who have worked tirelessly since late on Friday night to control the fire.  Our entire community - staff, students, alumni, supporters and friends, will share our sadness at the events of Friday night. 

Our immediate priority is continuity for our students and staff, maintaining the educational experience for over 400 postgraduates and 1500 Open Studio students who are with us for the rest of this academic year, and planning for the 2018/19 academic year in what is clearly a challenging environment.  However, we are strengthened by the continued messages and visible acts of support from our local community, our partners in Glasgow City Council, Scottish Funding Council, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish and UK Governments; and friends from across the world”. 


Statement On The Mackintosh Building Fire
16/6/18


A major fire started in the Mackintosh Building around 11.15pm last night, Friday 15 June 2018. The incident is still ongoing and the site is currently under control of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services (SFRS). We are liaising closely with SFRS, with Kier Construction Scotland (the Mackintosh Building contractors) and both the Scottish and UK Governments.  SFRS investigations are ongoing and we are awaiting their outcome.

The Mackintosh Building has been undergoing a period of extensive restoration following the fire in 2014 and therefore has not been a part of the GSA’s operational campus for four years.  Whilst the fire in ‘the Mack’ is devastating news, The Glasgow School of Art’s immediate focus is on our students, and on the continuing operation of the GSA to ensure minimum disruption to students and staff.  The GSA and all of its buildings will remain closed for the next week, and we will provide updates as and when information is available. 

We hugely appreciate the messages of support and offers of help that we have received from around the world.  We would ask that at this time any such offers should be sent in the first instance to development@gsa.ac.uk. We will try and respond as soon as is practicable.


Update 16 June 2018
2.15am

The Mackintosh Building, currently under restoration, suffered a major fire last night (Friday, 15 June).

The site remains under the control of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and consequently all GSA buildings will remain closed to staff, students and to all visitors until further notice.

We will provide further information and updates as they become available.