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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


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.