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22 June 2018

Statement on the Glasgow School of Art fire

Read our statement on the Glasgow School of Art fire, from Jane Ryder OBE, Chair of Historic Environment Scotland.

On Friday 15 June 2018, the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), which had been under restoration, suffered a major fire.

Jane Ryder OBE, Chair of Historic Environment Scotland, said, "Since the dreadful events of Friday, our expert staff have been involved in discussions with the School of Art, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to look at the next steps for the Mackintosh Building. We have a range of specialists available to support the team at GSA. Following a meeting with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop and GSA, HES will also form part of the multi-agency conservation advisory group for the Mackintosh Building.

"Our experience with the Mackintosh Building since the 2014 fire has given us excellent insight into the behaviour of the building’s stone, wood and metal. Our assistance in creating a detailed 3D model of the building will inform future plans once the extent of damage is fully ascertained. Along with our partners, our staff will be supporting the School of Art throughout the lengthy and complex process that lies ahead."

Historic Environment Scotland’s building experts, including those who have been involved in the restoration committee from 2014 to the present day and those responsible for surveying historic sites, have been on hand since the weekend of the fire to provide advice and support to the GSA, Glasgow City Council, specialist engineers and emergency services.