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Mac fire: New drone footage reveals full extent of damage


New drone footage has been released by the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) revealing the full extent of the damage to the Mac following Friday’s devastating fire

The film offers the first views inside the smouldering shell of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1909 landmark, which was part way through a £35 million Page/Park-led restoration when it was again gutted by fire.

Staff from the School of Simulation and Visualisation at the GSA, together with experts from Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland and specialist structural engineer David Narro Associations were able to get a first look inside the building yesterday (18 June).

Chair of the GSA’s board of governors, Muriel Gray, and GSA director Tom Inns, who has already said that the wrecked Arts and Crafts masterpiece could be rebuilt, were allowed access to the site earlier today (19 June).

Inns said: ‘This was the first opportunity for the expert team to see the building and begin what will be a long and complex process of determining the future of the building, but we remain optimistic.’

Gray added: ‘We have incredibly detailed information on the building, collated over the last four years, and have worked with teams of talented craftspeople who were doing a tremendous job on the restoration.

‘However, this was one of our first proper looks at the building. As soon as we can we will share information with you.’

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief officer David McGown has said that the investigation into the fire began ‘almost immediately as crews arrived’ late on Friday night.

He added: ‘Our fire investigation team has started gathering information and, working alongside our police partners, will look at various sources of information to establish exactly what has happened here.

‘However, I would like to stress that this is a very complex process and will take time. It is of vital importance that we ensure the full facts and circumstances of this incident are clearly established.’



Readers' comments (2)

  • chris Dyson

    Obviously this is a complete travesty.
    However, this seems to reveal is a big boned and strong building perfectly capable of being restored with the aid of good historical information be they drawings and photographs.
    my thoughts go out to the design team and those intimately involved in the restoration a painstaking job only to be thwarted at the final furlong by another ravenous fire.
    A clear lesson learnt is that temporary sprinklers in any restoration of such a timber framed building must be used in the future.

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  • The worry is that complete demolition could be ordered by a public authority if it's more concerned about steering clear of potential criticism and playing over-safe than about saving what's possible from the wreckage.

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