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Glasgow council warns that Mac walls may collapse ‘without warning’

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Glasgow City Council has urged people to stay away from the fire-ravaged Mac building amid fears its walls could fall ‘without warning’

An exclusion zone has been in place since the huge blaze ripped through Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s landmark building late last Friday night with many local residents unable to return home.

But building control officers say they have received reports that the cordon surrounding the art school and neighbouring buildings on Sauchiehall Street had been breached. 

Head of building control Raymond Barlow said: ‘I fully understand people’s desire to get back into their property and if we could safely do anything to facilitate that then we would.

‘However, surveys in recent days have shown us that the west and east elevations remain of significant concern

‘This means that there is a risk that parts of the building might fall into Scott Street or Dalhousie Street. This could happen without warning.

‘Our number one priority is public safety and it is therefore simply too dangerous to allow anyone to access the site.’

Drone footage released by the Glasgow School of Art has revealed the shocking extent of the damage to the Arts and Crafts masterpiece, which was part-way through a £35 million restoration when it was again gutted by fire.

Immediately after the blaze, it was feared the historic structure was beyond repair, but Glasgow School of Art director Tom Inns and Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken have both since said they believe the building can be saved. 

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