Officials have determined that a large portion of the south facade of the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building must be urgently razed. The decision comes ten days after a monumental blaze engulfed the beloved, 110-year old building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Officials began surveying the remaining structure shortly after the fire was extinguished. However, since the fire the building’s walls have continued to deteriorate and move outwards, signaling that a sudden collapse is imminent.
“The south facade is a particular risk and we’re now saying it is likely rather than possibly going to collapse,” a council spokesman told the Guardian. “It will be taken down urgently to probably at least the first floor level, but safely. And by safely we mean it will take a couple of days to come up with a methodology to do that.”
A start date for the demolition won’t be determined until the council decides on the best approach. Residents who were forced to vacate nearby homes for their own safety will continue to be housed in temporary accommodations for at least until the demolition is complete and the cordon is removed.