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Director Confirms Mackintosh to be Rebuilt

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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After weeks of uncertainty, the director of the Glasgow School of Art has confirmed that the iconic Mackintosh building, which was ravaged by a fire last month, will be rebuilt.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, director Tom Inns said that “it is critically important that the building comes back as the Mackintosh building.”

What Happened

The 110-year-old building burned in its second blaze in four years last month as it was undergoing a 35-million-pound renovation from the first fire.

Concerns were immediately raised about if the exterior stonework of the building could be saved, and the city council announced last week that the building would be dismantled in order to investigate what, if anything, could be reused.

That work began on Tuesday (July 10) to dismantle the structure—brick by brick.

Inns repeated sentiments from officials right after the fire, noting that the team’s extensive measurements and 3D scans of the building after the first fire have sped up the dismantling process and will ultimately help with the second attempt at rebuilding.

What Now

In addition to the question of rebuilding, officials were concerned with the fire safety plan moving forward.

While Inns pointed to the Scottish fire and rescue investigation (which is ongoing) in terms of answers for this fire, he did note that the school was given an adequate fire safety plan from Kier Construction, the general contractor on the job.

Kier Construction is no longer working with the school.

“I think that will answer a lot of the speculation about what’s actually happened,” Inns said, adding that he is confident the building can be rebuilt from insurance and that at this time the school is not asking for funding help.

After the fire last month, officials were quick to note that many of the fixtures that were being reconstructed were being stored at a different location and were untouched by the blaze.

Even so, early estimates say that if the building were to be reconstructed now, costs could exceed 100 million pounds.


Tagged categories: EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Fire; Health and safety; Maintenance + Renovation; Rebuilding; Safety

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