Autumn weather delays Mackintosh Building stabilisation

Workers take advantage of a gap in the weather to continue work on the west gable of the Mackintosh Building

Work to complete the stabilisation of the west gable of the Mackintosh Building has been delayed due to the recent bad weather.

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) said its teams have worked flat out on the stabilisation of the building since June’s fire and until now have been able to do all the work to schedule.

Unfortunately, in the last week two days were lost because the cranes cannot work in high winds. With more bad weather expected over the next few days it was not be possible to complete the west gable work by October 14 as scheduled.

The GSA’s teams will continue to work on site as and when the weather permits so that the west gable work can be finished as soon as possible.

Professor Tom Inns, director of The Glasgow School of Art, said: “Our teams have been continuing to work flat out to complete the work on the west gable of the Mackintosh Building, but the bad weather means unfortunately this cannot be done by 14 October.

“We want to keep the delay to a minimum, but safety has to be the priority. The cranes have been working and will continue to work whenever there is a window in the weather, but they cannot be operated safely in high winds. Weather permitting, we now hope to have the work finished by October 21.

“We have been in touch with affected businesses and we are very sorry for the delay and the obvious, continued impact this will have on them.”

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