25 Sep 2018
Murial Gray, chairwoman of the Glasgow’s School of Art’s board, has announced that Glasgow’s Mackintosh Building will be rebuilt after it was severely damaged by fire ten weeks ago.
The building has faced the possibility of demolition, but Ms Gray told the BBC earlier this week that the position of the board had not changed after their decision to rebuild the landmark building following previous fire-damage four years ago.
She commented: “The board of governors were completely unanimous about this and it’s not up for discussion.
“The debate now is how we fit into the whole tragedy that’s happened to the entire Garnethill community and the Sauchiehall Street refurbishing and how we do that as a working art school.
“We’ve been absolutely working so hard with everyone round about us to try and make things happen quickly enough to get people back into their homes, to try and help businesses and liaising with all the people affected.
The building was declared to be stable four weeks ago, leading to the reduction of cordons on Sauchiehall Street. The south side of the street is now fully open to pedestrians and businesses, including the Pavilion Theatre, which opened earlier this month for the first time in five months.
Owner Iain Gordon said: “We will always bounce back. The Pavilion seems to be one of those places that bounced back. It’s just a part of everybody’s history.
“People’s memories are built at the Pavilion, right through from bringing their kids, right through to bringing their grandkids.
“It’s just a family theatre.”