Much of the Mackintosh saved
May 24, 2014 by Grace Franklin
Firefighters’ efforts have saved 90% of the Glasgow School of Art and up to 70 % of the contents – including students’ work – it was stated tonight while the building still smouldered after a major fire which started around 12.30pm.
The unique building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and has been a world attraction as well as a working School of Art since 1845.
In a release from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Assistant Chief Officer Dave Boyle said: ‘Crews have been working absolutely flat out during this very challenging incident and it is clear their effort and skill has saved this treasured building and many of the items it housed.’
The building was busy with students meeting today’s deadline to hand in work for their final degree shows. Everyone exited quickly and no one was injured.
Said ACO Boyle:‘The priority from the outset was to save life. But we worked closely with Glasgow School of Art staff to ensure firefighters conducted an effective salvage operation.
‘We are very conscious the Macintosh is a world renowned building that is a key feature of this great city, and that the artworks it stores are not only valuable but also cherished.
“We are acutely aware this period is the culmination of years of endeavour for students and that their irreplaceable work is inside the Mackintosh.
“Work to save everything that can be saved is ongoing and we will continue to work closely with GSA staff and students throughout this operation.’
A spokesperson for Glasgow School of Art added: ‘We would like to express our very sincere thanks to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their tremendous efforts throughout today.’