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Mackintosh Building S22

Sad to say, but no surprise to see the Mackintosh Building back in the news with the sudden arrival of some really hefty storms and high winds during the week – unfortunately not mitigated by a ridiculously warm and sunny, wind and cloud free Wednesday.

With such tall and exposed works on what is just about the highest point in the city of Glasgow, it was inevitable that work would have to be suspended for a time, until the wind and rain subsided. As a result, the prediction of 14 October for entry to closed areas around the damaged building was revised to 21 October.

Unfortunately, even as I write this summary, I’m also reading that although a further ‘danger to life’ yellow wind warning was lifted for Friday – it still affects areas west of the city, with a further amber warning in place for rain. The same rain warning was set to affect Glasgow on Saturday, with the amber alert in place until 6pm, but that was revised to apply south of the city.

Despite the reduction in warning levels, Glasgow was still expected to be hit with some force by Storm Callum, but maybe not as much.

Friday’s forecast predicts a ‘wet, very windy start’ with heavy rain increasing again in the afternoon (true, it happened), then cloud on Saturday morning with persistent, occasionally heavy rain, but drier for a time in the afternoon. Sunday is looking better.

 

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October 14, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S21

Interesting week, almost.

With news of changes around the site arriving during the week, I had semi-planned to make a detour and see if there was anything visibly different there, and maybe grab a pic. But I should know better – apart from the weather turning nasty when I could have gone, I was also ambushed by ‘problems’, and didn’t even make it even part of the way there. Well, there’s always next week, and the real changes don’t hit until 14/15 of the month, so still really at least a week away.

At least there was something positive, after weeks of complaints and moans, it makes a nice change not to see long faces.

Rebuilding work at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) “remains on schedule” four months after it was gutted by a fire, its director has said.

Work to stabilise the west gable of the Mackintosh Building is due to be completed by 14 October.

More than 450 tonnes of steel has also been used to brace the east gable and north facade during repairs to those parts of the building.

Meanwhile, the iconic door plates from the main entrance have been recovered.

The GSA also revealed it is building a protective screen along Scott Street, in front of Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), “as an extra level of protection”.

The CCA has previously warned it may not survive after being forced to close following the blaze.

Its [GSA] director, Prof Tom Inns, said in the aftermath that the Mack would be saved “in some form”.

Giving an update on the current situation, Prof Inns said work on the site was “moving apace”.

He said: “We’ve been working particularly closely with the CCA to make sure that the damage to the gallery ceiling can be repaired and they can re-commission the building both for the cultural tenants and for public events as soon as possible.

“We know that there are ongoing concerns about road access in and around Garnethill, so once the work on the Mack stabilisation is finished our next priority will be taking down the damaged rain screen from the Reid Building so that the council can move to reopen Renfrew Street to single-lane traffic before the worst of the winter weather sets in.”

Prof Inns added: “Going forward, we have committed to rebuilding the Mack and bringing it back not just as a working art school, but as resource for Garnethill and a creative powerhouse for the city.

Glasgow School of Art rebuild work ‘on schedule’ after fire

GSA released a pic of the door plates.

Think we might see them again, either on display, or as the last job at the end of the rebuild, fixed in place to mark the end of the job.

Recovered Door Plates Credit: The Glasgow School of Art

Recovered Door Plates Credit: The Glasgow School of Art

More of the same.

The art school also revealed it is building a protective screen along Scott Street in front of the Centre for Contemporary Arts as an extra level of protection.

A large amount of material has now been lowered to street level ready for removal to off site storage and further artefacts have been found in the process.

The iconic door plates from the main entrance to the Mack were discovered as work was being done on internal bracing.

Bracing scaffolding on the east gable and north façade has been completed, as well as the additional wall head bracing on the south east corner and the internal bracing at the main entrance to the building.

Specialists SGB have installed 450 tonnes of steel scaffolding to ensure maximum stability on the specially designed structural support.

“The stabilisation work on the Mackintosh Building is now almost complete,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art.

“Weather permitting we expect the work on the west gable to be completed by October 14, and we hope that this will mean the CCA, Bagel Mania, News 4U and Paint & Mortar will all be able to get back into their premises.”

Businesses could return to premises after Art School blaze

And even more.

A spokesman for the city council said: “October 14 is the revised date the art school gave its neighbours for the completion of work to stabilise the building last month.

“When this work is complete, we expect to be able to reduce the cordon enough to reopen a footpath at Scott Street, allowing businesses, including the CCA, to safely reoccupy their premises. However, we need to be clear that a return date cannot be confirmed until we are certain that work will be complete and the site safe.”

Glasgow School of Art’s fire-affected neighbours set to return within days

Things are going so well, one media source has even reported that there’s going to be a Halloween Party!

The Glasgow School of Art’s Vic Bar Cafe is to reopen in time for a Halloween party.

The Art School and its Students’ Association will throw open its doors to students and the general public for the first time since June’s blaze at the Mackintosh Building, on Monday, October 22.

As described by event organisers, ahead of the party on Friday, October 26, “The period of closure was, and continues to be, an ongoing test of the resilience of our students, staff and wider community.”

Harry Gould, President of the Students’ Association, said of the reopening: “The reopening of The Art School, particularly to our student community, hopefully will feel like introducing an element of normality back into life at The Glasgow School of Art. As well as students, we really want to be able to provide an (sic) lively, open and welcoming space for the local residents, businesses and surrounding communities, who have and still face challenges relating to the fire.”

Glasgow School of Art’s Vic Cafe Bar to re-open for ‘Garnethell’ Halloween party

Don’t just wander along though, you’ll have to part with £7/£8 for a ticket first.

October 7, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S20

(After last week’s various computer and browser issues, I’ve just rolled anything from that week into this week’s summary, and hopefully spotted most items that were in the news.)

There’s been a lot of speculation around the fires at the Mackintosh building, and a lot of, quite frankly, tripe spouted by ‘armchair experts and the hang ’em and flog ’em brigade, more interested in finding a scapegoat than dealing with the issues around the fire.

I stand by what I said way back at the start (documented in this blog), that the Mackintosh Building cannot be treated or judged in the same way as a building completed in the past few years. It was not only built using the materials and techniques of more than a century ago, it was not even built in a single phase, but as two separate phases separated by a number of years, due to lack of funding. All aspects which may have had an adverse effect on the final result.

I don’t suppose the statement from the director of the Glasgow School of Art will satisfy ‘the brigade’ – they’ll still be rounding up a posse, and looking for a nice tree to throw their rope over, regardless of what anyone tells them.

The director of Glasgow School of Art said warnings about the fire risk to Mackintosh building were not ignored before it was destroyed in 2014.

In his first interview since it was devastated by a second blaze on June 15, Prof Tom Inns also pledged the iconic landmark will be rebuilt again, this time without public money.

Asked if concerns about the fire risk to the building were dismissed before the May 2014 fire, Prof Inns told STV News: “As far as I am concerned repeated warnings were not ignored.

“The institution was taking its responsibility for that building very, very seriously and will continue to do so.”

Prof Inns said the building’s heritage status meant it could not be fitted with traditional sprinkler systems.

And he said the system being put in place before the first fire had only just been made possible through advances in technology.

Prof Inns also defended the current board and claimed it had the expertise and the experience to oversee the latest rebuild.

Art School ‘did not ignore’ Mackintosh fire warnings 

The future of the GSA has faced speculation that it could be demolished or turned into a museum.

But Ms Gray, a former student at the school, told BBC Scotland it would be rebuilt as a working art school, saying that was “non-negotiable”.

She told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme the £100m cost that had been reported was “plucked out of the air”, saying the art school had “absolutely no idea until we know the scale of damage”.

The former art school student said there would be full transparency and that the cost should not impact on the taxpayer as some of the money raised in 2014 remained.

She also acknowledged that it could take up to 10 years for students to be able to use the building again which she said was the “biggest tragedy”.

Ms Gray told the programme the decision to rebuild the Mackintosh building was made after the fire four years ago and that position had not changed.

“The board of governors were completely unanimous about this and it’s not up for discussion,” she said.

Responding to comments about delays in getting people in the area back into their homes and businesses, Ms Gray said: “We have been removing the unsafe masonry, declared unsafe by building control at the council, as fast as we possibly could, in order to allow people back.

“We’ve been absolutely working so hard with everyone round about us to try and make things happen quickly enough to get people back into their homes, to try and help businesses, and liaising with all the people affected.”

Glasgow Art School’s Mackintosh building ‘will be rebuilt’

Want to know what morons write like?

Look no further than their normal habitat of The Scotsman’s comment section after this article.

(Actually… not just this article, but ANY Scotsman article where the are allowed to dribble freely.)

I’m surprised anyone sensible dares to venture there nowadays, for fear of being (in text at least) beaten to a pulp by them.

If it was funny (rather than just sad) I could laugh at how one lot makes statements contradicting the other, yet both seem to pluck them from this air, as there has been no report, and the investigation is only getting underway now.

Oh, sorry, that’s ANOTHER problem – according to one genius, you can’t have an investigation now, it’s too late.

Glasgow School of Art will be rebuilt but may take ‘up to 7 years’

Glasgow art school rebuild could take up to seven years

(The above came from last week, before I lost all the info being ported by by various feeds.)

I’m intrigued by the apparent ‘know-alls’ who knew so much more than the GSA board, but I don’t seem to have ever heard of campaigning for change, or even interviewed by the media before this.

They are so clever and wise, it would almost seem that they are to blame (rather than the GSA board they are criticising) as they failed so completely to make their voices heard before this disaster, or even have their concerns registered, together with refusal by anyone to take account of their expert opinions.

This one has something of a cheek to mention sending people to prison, since the fire would presumably not have happened at all if he had spoken up years ago, and forced changes to be made.

I’m sorry, but I simply hate these ‘experts’ who pop up from nowhere, and spout “Told you so!”

20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh scholar Roger Billcliffe said the building was a “fire trap waiting to happen” due to construction including air vents which acted as chimneys and warned a further blaze would occur if the building is rebuilt.

He argued students should not return to the building and said “nobody knows” whether lessons were learned from the earlier fire as a fire service report was redacted and claimed the art school had “not said a word”.

He said: “The staff are still there that were responsible for it.

“I don’t want to send them to prison but I want to make sure that they don’t operate a system where they can do it again.”

Art school bosses urged to give evidence

Art School bosses face questions over fire risk ‘failure’

While looking around for stories I might have missed, I came across an earlier item about the Oak Room, now on display at the new V&A Museum just opened in Dundee.

It’s so sad that those outside Scotland (and who may never visit or have first-hand experience) have to be subject to the sort of morons who are free to post comments in what I now think of only as the ‘Moron section’ The Scotsman provides after some articles. It’s sad they have the time to virtually live in that section, posting so much sad bile.

V&A Dundee boss ‘especially proud’ of Mackintosh Oak Room

Surprisingly, only FIVE morons have added their cliched view of life to this story, which contained more sense that all their comments added together.

It echoed the point I made way back at the start, regarding the condition and design of such period building, built to vastly differing standards than we have today, of many materials we simply do not allow today, and with structural features which would not comply with today’s requirements.

And in many cases, there’s no practical way to retrofit or re-engineer the buildings either.

It rightly highlights the risks of modern works too, and while it’s possible to carry out such work with care, risk is NOT a black & white issue, and probability plays a part. Despite best efforts, some buildings WILL catch fire.

Sadly, it’s no different from crossing the road, or driving a car. Even if you take all precautions, unless you ‘do nothing’ there will be injuries/fatalities. And, sad to say, even ‘Do nothing’ is no guarantee, as things still happen around you.

Why are so many landmark historic buildings lost to fire?

(Given the past week, or two, or… of hassle, I’m hoping I didn’t miss anything. I did try looking at ‘old’ news for Glasgow for the past week, and didn’t spot anything else that had appeared during the week.)

September 30, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S19

Per the note in this week’s Weekly round-up, although I’d managed to make a note of relevant news at the start of the week, I lost the plot fairly quickly, although I was told there were more items later in the week.

Rather than have the week incomplete, I’ll just roll what I had into next week, and that gives me a chance to play catch-up with any other developments, and stay reasonably current.

September 23, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S18

Not seen in the main media, but it looks like bad news for CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) as a potential access date of mid-September has been lost after inspections during the removal of scaffolding on the south-west side of the damaged building found more work needed to be done.

All but two of the main fire exits from CCA are opposite the south-west corner of the Mackintosh Building and the former ABC O2 venue, and entry to the property is dependent on the safety of that area of Scott Street. According to a representative for the Glasgow School of Art, full public opening to venue will not be possible before early October.

On a positive note, access was arranged to fix water ingress to CCA.

At the end of the week we got.

Traders on Sauchiehall Street fear years of disruption as a result of the fire at Glasgow’s School of Art.

Thirteen weeks on since the blaze ripped through ‘The Mac’ many businesses are still being denied access to their premises.

And among those that have reopened, some are reporting a 75% downturn in business.

At Friday morning’s meeting of the Sauchiehall Street Traders group, which was set up in the wake of the fire on June 15, one businesswoman said: “We want people to know this isn’t over. Just because some of us are back in, and we have had a lump of funding, it’s not problem solved.

“We will have repercussions for a long, long time. The result of this fire could go on for years, not just months. There is no ending in sight.

‘Even when the facades of buildings are sorted, we then have to wait for the street repairs to take place so Sauchiehall Street won’t be back to the way it was for a long time.”

Traders fear years of disruption after art school blaze

September 16, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S17

Joining in?

Big, disaster – Brazil’s 200-year-old national museum hit by huge fire

Later – Brazil National Museum fire: Key treasures at risk

A week later  – Five Things We’ve Learned Since Brazil’s Devastating National Museum Fire

Biggish, not disaster (derelict since 2003) – Liverpool’s Littlewoods Pools building engulfed by fire

Later – Liverpool Littlewoods building fire in pictures

Biggish, building critically damaged – Belfast Primark fire: ‘Grave concern’ Bank Buildings could collapse

Belfast Primark fire: Drone footage shows Bank Buildings damage

This was also cordoned off, and the shops around wasted no time in indicating they’d be trying to make compensation claims on the building’s insurers.

Belfast Primark fire: Cordon around shop reduced

I gave up looking for further follow-up or developments, probably too soon. There are dozens of articles, but all about the fire.

The Brazil fire is probably the most relevant, and probably suffered the same issues as fire at the Mackintosh.

In 2016, Brazil hosted the Olympic Games – an event into which billions of dollars were poured.

One museum employee told the network that project managers had had “tremendous difficulty” trying to secure funding for “sufficient” resources for the palace.

Another, librarian Edson Vargas da Silva, is quoted by local media describing the building, which he said had wooden floors and contained “a lot of things that burn very fast”, such as paper documents.

Employees had reportedly previously expressed concern about funding cuts and the dilapidated state of the building.

Coincidentally, in 2014, Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games – an event into which millions of pounds were poured.

Back to local, and I’m in a quandary about this one – CCA says its in dire straits, but then goes on to say it has so much good stuff in abeyance.

Seems like a good time for digging deep and getting some support from those its helped in the past. Get a temporary venue, team up with someone else, but do something rather than just sit with an outstretched hand.

But, as always, I also know I don’t have the full details.

Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts has warned it may not survive after being forced to close for three months.

The venue on Sauchiehall Street has remained closed since fire destroyed the nearby Glasgow School of Art.

Some residents and businesses returned last month, and the CCA said it was told it could open its doors again on 14 September.

But Glasgow City Council denies it ever set a firm timetable, and has said that opening date is now unlikely.

Ailsa Nazir, head of operations at CCA, told the BBC Scotland news website that current funds available to the centre may not be enough to support it beyond next month.

She said there were concerns for the future of the venue if it was forced to cancel events throughout September.

We may not survive art school fire, says city’s CCA venue

Elsewhere (not in the main media so I don’t have an online link), others are apparently going to profit from the fire.

I’m not sure how many makeovers the Savoy Centre has had (one took place that I can recall), but it looks as if the fire has sparked of plans for another one INCLUDING an event and exhibition space.

Plans have been unveiled to transform Sauchiehall Street’s Savoy Centre with the introduction of an event and exhibition space.

Said to have been driven by disruption to the street following two major fires this year, owner Seymour Holdings Ltd has pledged to support retailers with a phased investment in the centre that will also see the creation of an new retail concept, event and exhibition space.

Plans include refurbishment of 2,250 sq m of the ground floor to create 18 new retail units while also providing a hub for the arts community and creative industries.

Work is expected to start later this month and be completed ahead of Christmas.

Too late for CCA?

But…

At least someone has some good news after a fire.

The Pavilion Theatre is due to host its first performance since a fire closed the historic building in March.

A post on Facebook said the theatre team was “looking forward to seeing all the happy faces returning”.

The 114-year-old building was saved from the flames after a fire broke out at the nearby Victoria’s nightclub in Sauchiehall Street.

The rescheduled “Celtic The Musical” will run until 29 September.

Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre due to reopen after fire

Pavilion theatre reopens six months after devastating fire

And there was another touch of good new, with the full opening of ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’, the restoration of the Miss Cranston’s Sauchiehall Street tea rooms, mentioned previously during their ‘soft’ opening (carried out as some parts were still to be completed and delivered).

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have officially opened Glasgow tea rooms based on original designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Charles and Camilla visited Mackintosh at the Willow on Sauchiehall Street.

They also put in place a wood carving, to complete the £10m four-year restoration project.

It is based on the only example where Mackintosh had complete control of architecture, interior design, furniture and even cutlery.

Royal couple open Mackintosh tea room

Charles and Camilla open Glasgow’s Mackintosh tea rooms

 

September 9, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S16

Not really the GSA, but any opportunity mock 28.1 million sheeples and the empty-headed moron they pay homage to can’t be passed up.

Glasgow Twitter hilariously responds to Kanye West ‘art school’ tweet

September 2, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S15-II

I had to disappear before all of last week’s stories appeared in the news, so have to play a little bit of ‘catch-up’ with a Part II appendix (rather than wait until Sunday).

Some residents affected by the cordon around the fire-ravaged Mackintosh building have returned to their homes for first time in more than 10 weeks.

A large no-go zone has been in force since a blaze ripped through the renowned Glasgow School of Art (GSA) property on June 15.

People living in more than 30 properties close to the site had been refused entry to collect items including passports, car keys, medicines and clothes since the fire, representatives have said.

Glasgow City Council said the Sauchiehall Street cordon was pulled back at 9.30am on Saturday, after building standards officials assessed the area.

Residents on Dalhousie Street were given access to their properties for around 30 minutes on Saturday, while a path will reopen on Monday morning.

A local authority spokesman said: “The cordon on the southside of Sauchiehall Street was pulled back as planned this morning to allow access for business owners and residents who wished to begin any work needed to restore their premises to normal.

“Dalhousie Street residents were given controlled access for around 30 minutes along with representatives from Charing Cross Housing Association to gather any essential belongings and assess the condition of their homes.

“It is expected the footway on Dalhousie Street will be fully reopened on Monday morning.

“Additional refuse collections have been put in place for the area to support any clearing out work undertaken by businesses and residents.”

Residents affected by Mackintosh blaze return home

I get reminded of a phrase from World War II: “Do they know there’s a war on?” (was that ever actually said, or is a line made up later for films and plays”) when I see articles about people complaining about Glasgow City Council’s efforts. Do they know there was a major fire?

Why are business owners apparently expecting compensation for their failure to take out appropriate insurance?

You don’t get compensation for ‘stupid’.

You have to sue your insurer, or insurance advisor, for not providing adequate cover – or just suck it up for choosing not to take out adequate cover. (And, yes, I did happen to have a substantial business, and my eyes bled when I looked at the size of our ‘Business Continuity’ premiums every year).

A number of businesses that have been denied access to their premises have approached Govan Law Centre to look at what legal avenues might be open to them to secure compensation because they believe their individual insurance policies are unlikely to fully cover them for their losses.

Businesses count the cost of art school fire

Spotted this, which is not really a look behind the cordon, but more like spying on the residents by the media as they get behind it.

Residents and business owners in Garnethill were finally allowed access to their properties – 10 weeks after the Glasgow School of Art fire.

People living in more than 30 properties close to the site have been refused entry, even to collect essential items including passports, car keys, medicines and clothes since the fire, which broke out on Friday June 15 and destroyed the historic Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building.

However, this morning residents were allowed behind the cordon and into their homes for the first time.

Business owners were also given access, with many beginning the long process of cleaning before reopening.

Pictures taken from the scene earlier today show a number of residents moving suitcases and boxes to and from their properties.

First-look behind the cordon as residents get back into homes after art school fire

I happened to pass the place on Sunday, so grabbed a couple of pics of the side streets – but was out of luck, so no ‘Money Shots’ of residents and belongings.

I’ve added the pics I took back then, after the recent ones, for comparison.

Dalhousie Street

Dalhousie Street

 

Mackintosh Dalhousie Street from Douglas Street

Mackintosh Dalhousie Street from Douglas Street

 

Scott Street

Scott Street

 

Mackintosh Scott Street from Pitt Street

Mackintosh Scott Street from Pitt Street

August 29, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S15

With the sheer numbers of trolls online now ruining most open comment areas, one of my favourite phrases has become….

“If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all”.

It’s also somewhat irresponsible for anyone in a position such as this woman to express opinions such as this before enquiries are complete and official findings made known.

It’s also completely wrong for anyone in a position of influence to prejudge any such inquiry before it has been completed, and possibly influence the outcome.

If anyone should be called on to stand down, then Anne Ellis is now fully qualified to meet that requirement.

Mackintosh art bosses should stop shifting the blame for the devastating fire that gutted the Glasgow School of Art, it has been claimed.

Anne Ellis, one of Scotland’s leading Charles Rennie Mackintosh experts, said: “All we’ve heard from the board and management since the June fire is them saying it wasn’t their responsibility and it was a building site that was being looked after by a construction firm.

“But this is one of Scotland’s most precious buildings. It beggars belief that is all they are saying and it makes me very angry. I would like the board to accept responsibility for the fire.”

She claimed there could be public opposition to the reconstruction plans should the art school management stay on.

Glasgow Art School chiefs urged to take blame for fire

Later in the week, it seem there was unfortunate timing for the media to wet itself with stories of Glasgow City Council being taken to court by residents it says it is protecting from harm. No sooner did it enjoy writing such tales than it had to follow them up with announcements that the cordon was set to be further reduced.

I think the only comment I can make is I’d probably be prepared to make a rare bet, about who’d be first into court with the council if it had not imposed and maintained the cordon until the site was safe, and a resident’s head was rearranged by falling debris becuase it had NOT been kept safe.

GSA director, Professor Tom Inns, said enabling community members to return to their homes and businesses as soon as possible was the priority.

A council spokesman added: “The council has acted under Section 29 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 in order to protect life.

“Our priority remains getting residents and businesses back to their properties safely.”

Could be glum faces in the Govan Law Centre now.

Especially if the residents take them to court for being too slow!

Meanwhile, solicitors at Govan Law Centre have said they are looking at potential cases over the “abysmal” treatment of members of the local community.

From a distance (and I don’t like considering items I can only see news articles about, as opposed to knowing full details), there seems to be very little reporting of contact between the council and the residents. Articles have only said they are not allowed past the cordon – and that the council has said ‘No’. Dialogue/communication appears to have been minimal or non-existent, at least so far as reporting is concerned.

I did see some handwritten notes stuck on walls around the area, calling for resident to meet/complain, but they were gone when I went back to photograph them.

Garnethill residents consider legal action in wake of Art School fire

Council faces legal action over Mackintosh building fire

Residents ‘locked out’ after GSA fire consider legal action

Mackintosh cordon set to be relaxed 10 weeks after fire

Glasgow School of Art cordon expected to be relaxed this weekend

Cordon at Glasgow’s Mackintosh building to be relaxed on Saturday

Return confirmed in later story.

Glasgow City Council said building standards officials have assessed the area, with a path to open on Sauchiehall Street at 9.30am on Saturday.

A path on the east side of Dalhousie Street will reopen on Monday morning, but the council said access for residents in the street will be possible from Saturday.

On Friday a spokesman said: “Glasgow City Council today confirmed it will begin to reduce the safety cordon around the Glasgow School of Art and other buildings on Sauchiehall Street on Saturday morning.

“Having assessed the building today, we can confirm the footway on the south side of Sauchiehall Street will reopen at 9.30am, and the footway on the east side of Dalhousie Street will reopen at 9.30am on Monday August 27.

“However, we expect some access for residents on Dalhousie Street will still be possible from 10am on Saturday.

“This is facilitated by Charing Cross Housing Association, which is working directly with tenants.”

Residents to return home two months after Art School fire

Biggest surprise for me is that we don’t see any news of the woman now always shown in the ultra-flattering lead pic trying to someone for its repeated use!

Mackintosh cordon set to be relaxed 10 weeks after fire

New source spotted with news (the same news) about events. I used to look here years ago, but the content was terrible then. I might watch it for other stuff, unless it gets too trivial again.

Now actually seems to have a little more than the big names. I don’t think the others included an actual quote from the council that confirmed their rejection of access requests, as opposed to simply claiming  or stating that the council had refused.

OH! And it features that poor woman’s ever so flattering pictured, again!

Art School residents get all clear to return to their homes from Glasgow City Council

August 26, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S14

The media had almost forgotten this, but one story bubbled up… news of the cordon, and a pending reduction in its perimeter.

The security cordon around the fire-ravaged Mackintosh Building could be reduced in two weeks as stabilisation work progresses.

Work is also continuing around the neighbouring ABC O2 building.

GSA said the east gable of the Mackintosh Building is within two weeks of stabilisation which will ensure the Dalhousie Street end of the building is safe and stable.

Prof Tom Inns, the art schools’s (sic) director, said: “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 facade 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.”

Mackintosh cordon to be scaled back within a fortnight

Art school cordon ‘could be pulled back in two weeks’

Dalhousie Street as seen from Douglas Street.

Mackintosh Douglas Street

Mackintosh Douglas Street

August 19, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mackintosh Building S13

This seems to be the first week since the actual fire (back on Jun 15/16) was reported that the media has not had a featured article – I don’t go looking for them, just cream them off the top of the pile of stories they give prominence to every day, and none of their lists appeared to mention the building this week.

It’s nice to be able to get back into Glasgow, by whatever means (sorry, I found out I wasted the money on a train ticket during the week, for a trip that didn’t need to be made by train), and start to catch up on various things I’ve missed.

The obvious one was a look around Renfrew Street and the remains of the Mackintosh Building, as close as the cordon would allow.

Of note was that every street closed by the cordon also had at least one person stationed on the street, dressed in hi-vis kit and wearing the obligatory white safety helmet. The all had mobile phones in hand too.

I didn’t bother them… they didn’t bother me as I took a few pics.

Basically, I went as far as could along each street until I hit the cordon placed across it, then took a pic, or backed off a bit if I was too close for a decent pic.

I guess the pics speak for themselves, and were effectively as much as could be seen from each vantage point.

Beginning with the view east along Renfrew Street, the sequence carries on clockwise from that location.

The view under the Bourdon Building (the art school’s library and learning resource centre, and main building of the school of architecture) has always hidden the Mackintosh Building, which is a little odd, given its purpose, and that it was actually a creation of the same company Mackintosh worked for.

Or did they do this deliberately?

Mackintosh Renfrew Street East

Mackintosh Renfrew Street East

Next, a look from Scott Street.

Mackintosh Scott Street

Mackintosh Scott Street

Then Dalhousie Street.

Mackintosh Dalhousie Street

Mackintosh Dalhousie Street

Back into Renfrew Street, this time looking west.

Mackintosh Renfrew Street West

Mackintosh Renfrew Street West

From Douglas Street, now we are forced to look across Sauchiehall Street.

Mackintosh Douglas Street

Mackintosh Douglas Street

Same viewpoint, across Sauchiehall Street, but this time looking at a detail that was out of sight to the left of the first pic.

Mackintosh Douglas Street Detail

Mackintosh Douglas Street Detail

And finally, looking across Sauchiehall Street again, this time from Pitt Street.

Mackintosh Pitt Street

Mackintosh Pitt Street

August 5, 2018 Posted by | photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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