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AJ honours city firefighters for saving the Glasgow School of Art

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The Architects’ Journal has presented a special award to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for saving Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art

The award, a collage by Glasgow-born artist Bruce McLean, recognises the extraordinary efforts of the firefighters in rescuing the world-famous building from destruction in a blaze that threatened to destroy the Grade A-listed Art Nouveau landmark.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service fought for seven hours to control the fire. In all, more than 200 firefighters helped with the rescue and 90 per cent of the building was saved.

AJ acting editor Rory Olcayto said: ‘The whole architectural profession is grateful for their bravery, quick-wittedness and civic pride.

‘Glasgow’s firefighters have performed a great service to architecture by keeping intact one of the nation’s most important buildings.

‘The AJ is delighted to honour their efforts on behalf of our readership.’

The award was handed to Cowcaddens Community Fire Station station manager Eddie Finnieston on Friday (12 December). 

Bruce McLean, a world-famous artist who studied at the GSA and is widely regarded as one of Britain’s most original and inventive sculptors said: ‘The Golden Fire Hose celebrates the firefighters’ amazing bravery and intelligence, but with a sense of humour.

‘The first time I visited the Glasgow School of Art was in 1950 when I was six years old and it has been an inspiration to me ever since. It is a great work of art in itself.  

‘Luckily we can still all enjoy it – and it is all down to the actions of the firefighters.’


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