Scotland’s centre for architecture, the Lighthouse, is set to go into administration
The news, which has been blamed on a lack of income from commercial activities, follows a board meeting last night.
In a statement released to the AJ chairman of the board of trustees-Eleanor MacAllister OBE said: ‘It has been a heartbreaking decision for me and the board to bring in administrators to the Lighthouse Trust.
‘We know the devastating effect this will have on our staff and on the partners working with us on our projects. We have done everything possible to avoid this, but the options before us were very limited in the current economic downtown.
‘Last year we put in place, with additional support from our main funders the City Council and the Scottish Government, a crisis package to secure our immediate future to enable us to continue our education and exhibition programmes at the Lighthouse.
‘Unfortunately that new package was very dependent on maintaining the income generated from our commercial activities. The Lighthouse business model has always required commercial income to subsidise its extensive programme.
She added: ‘No other gallery in Scotland has to generate such a high percentage of its income from commercial sources. However, the extra income we needed from rents, grants, conference and events just did not materialise as businesses, funders and charitable trusts cut back on their activities when the credit crunch hit.’
The Board will now work together with the administrators and the City Council to find a future of the A-listed Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building where the Lighthouse was based.
MacAllister added: ‘We are also working to protect some of the Lighthouse’s key activities and exhibitions and to maintain public access. Most of all, we want to find a way for the Lighthouse to continue in some way to fulfil its role as Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture, Design and the City.’