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Mackintosh Building S45

Interesting developments in the considerations regarding demolition of the remains of the building I had no idea had so many fans.

The o2abc, or former Regal Cinema in Sauchiehall Street was little more than an ‘innocent bystander’ to the event of the Mackintosh Building fire, but that didn’t mean it was immune, and suffered extensive fire damage itself.

It seems (from the reference article) that the demolition submission for the building didn’t include any attempts to retain any of the original structure, which seems like a bit of a mistake.

This omission has attracted attention…

SCOTLAND’S historic building watchdog has lodged a strongly-worded statement formally objected to plans to completely demolish the fire-ravaged O2 ABC music venue in Glasgow.

In their response, Historic Environment Scotland state: “We object to this application for complete demolition of the O2 ABC building because the case for doing so is not adequately justified against national policy. It is our view that the applicant has not made an adequate effort to retain and preserve this C-listed building (or any part of it), and has therefore not met the tests for demolition.

“The special architectural interest of the building lies largely in the street-facing elevation and entrance foyer. We would not object to a scheme that retained these parts of the building, either with proposals for immediate redevelopment or propped and secured in a way that facilitated redevelopment at a future date.

“Although the building is fire-damaged, the principal areas of architectural interest appear to remain intact and the applicant has not demonstrated that they cannot be preserved.

“A number of the concerns they raise are not supported by evidence. While a degree of uncertainty is understandable at this stage, we nevertheless consider that the applicants might reasonably have sought more clarity on many of these matters before submitting this application.”

Certainly, from the exterior, the surviving facade looks as if it could be retained, but as an engineer, I’m painfully aware that it could be attached to little more than ‘chewing gum and string’ behind, if the heat of the fire was sufficient to erode the structural integrity of the supporting structure behind.

Removal of, or even attempts to restore, that could lead to total failure.

Reading on, it looks as if there may now be some dispute and disagreement.

However, in a new submission to the council on behalf of the owners, RM Consulting state: “The complexity of the issue we presently face in dealing with the front façade is the overall extent of the cumulative fire and structural damage that the facade has suffered; whilst not obvious externally, any detailed inspection internally will reveal the totality of the damage.

“Faced with the significant amount of cumulative damage to the façade structure and coupled with the overall catastrophic damage that the building has suffered in general, our professional advisors are at a loss on how to retain or rely on the severely damaged façade as part of any future project.”

RM Consulting have asked the council for a detailed response as to how it thinks the facade can be safely retained.

HERITAGE Watchdog Opposed To Proposed Flattening Of Iconic Blaze-Hit Glasgow Venue

In the past, such remains have not been allowed to stand as long this after major fires.

Then (from my recollections at least), it was usual for the Fire Service to announce that its inspection of the building showed it was unsafe for anyone to enter, and that it had to be demolished on grounds of safety.

We lost some pretty big buildings in those days. Again, my recollection is of places like large churches that were used as nightclubs.

I’m not suggesting they were wrong – bear in mind these may have looked solid from the outside, but dated to a time when there was no steel framework, and wood was used for the interior. With a sufficiently fierce blaze, that could be burnt away, leaving an unsupported honeycomb behind.

That said, even steel supports soften and bend if it gets hot enough.

Scott Street O2abc Roof

Scott Street O2abc Roof

I walked past the o2abc a few times during this week, after the sun started to shine, and we got some VERY hot days.

The place absolutely REEKS!

Not the smell of a fire, of which there isn’t the slightest hint of smoke.

But of a really old building which has been taken over by wet/dry rot. mould, and maybe years and years of sweaty bodies dripping onto it (and maybe other ‘bodily fluids’ as well.

It’s fairly disgusting, and wasn’t present before, when it was cooler.

Go have a sniff 😉

14/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kelvingrove monitor problem – still there

I seem to be short on spare time at the moment, but I did make into Kelvingrove yesterday (as I noted, Aaron Hawthorne is not to be missed when he’s on), so I was able to check the monitor problem again.

It’s still there – this time I caught Riverside on the monitor.

Kelvingrove Monitor Problem and Aaron

Kelvingrove Monitor Problem and Aaron

Remarkable (for me at least), I even remembered to take a closer look at the camera itself, or rather, the camcorder they use to show the keyboards.

Unfortunately, it’s hidden behind one of Kelvingrove’s fabulous chandeliers in pics like the one above.

I took some closer pics to see if it was working.

It is, but seems to have reverted so some sort of preloaded sequence, as its flip-out display screen is just showing a rolling sequence of pages full of text.

Probably a power-on default, unless deselected, so somevody needs to reach up and press some buttons (soon).

Here’s the camcorder on its mount overlooking the performer and the keyboards, showing the screen.

Kelvingrove Organ Keyboard Camera

Kelvingrove Organ Keyboard Camera

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Today is Mac & Cheese Day

14 July is Mac & Cheese Day.

I seem to have missed this one in the past, but that may be down to the spelling.

After seeing this was ‘Mac & Cheese Day, I found this was the common name for it, and not one of the variations, such as ‘Macaroni Cheese’, which is the name I know better.

Apparently this dish owes its existence to days of adversity, such as the Depression, and Word War II, oh, and Kraft.

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese was created as a response to the trying times of the Great Depression, when a salesman had an innovative idea – to sell   macaroni and cheese together, and he began attaching packs of grated cheese to boxes of pasta. As we now know, the idea was a success.

Next, World War II resulted in the rationing of milk and dairy products. Due to shortages, many families were relying on dishes that contained little meat, and once again, Macaroni and Cheese appeared to be an obvious solution. Its popularity spread like wildfire.

James Lewis Kraft patented an important method of processing cheese to give Kraft Macaroni & Cheese a unique orange colour, which has served as a signature trait of the product ever since.

I was late to the macaroni cheese party, but being lazy, I’ve settled down with the tinned stuff, usually Heinz, but as the price has climbed in recent years, I’ve gone in for offerings from the competition, from own brand sources. You know who I mean.

Heinz has a unique taste, but to be honest, the alternatives aren’t bad at all, and at less than half the price, their taste suddenly gets MUCH better 🙂

I like this as a simple meal, and my usual companion is just a couple of slices of toast (NOT on the toast, that just makes it soggy), or if I can make the effort, chips.

Macaroni Cheese and Chips

Macaroni Cheese and Chips

14/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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