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McAslan considers changes to contentious Burrell plans


Possibly good news - John McAslan is too good an architect to wilfully compromise a fine piece of architecture, and clearly big enough to listen to criticism, but the attitude of the client should perhaps be of rather more concern; a few years ago I noticed the very poor state of repair of the Museum of Modern Art (the very fine former Royal Exchange) in the city centre, with mature vegetation established on the cornice of the north elevation and signs of severe water damage to the stonework. I phoned Glasgow Life, was put through to a person involved with maintenance, and got a polite hearing from someone who didn't sound particularly interested. The current Google StreetView image of the building from the Queen Street corner shows this area last June obscured by scaffold access for work on the tower, so I'd like to think that the whole building is now better cared for. But I just wonder if the quality of the management of Glasgow Life matches up to that of what it's supposed to be caring for? It would be a great shame if John McAslan's readiness to take on board fair comment was negated by a client with deaf ears - and as for the city planners, and Historic Scotland, who knows?

Posted date

23 June, 2017

Posted time

11:49 am


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