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GSA NEWS RELEASE:  9 October 2019

Work to facilitate further SFRS access to the Mackintosh Building set to begin next week

Image: view down on to part of the central corridor showing the amount of fire damaged and other material which needs to be removed to facilitated the further access requested by the SFRS.

Work to remove fire damaged and other material to facilitate further access to the Mackintosh Building requested by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will begin on Monday 14 October it was confirmed today, Wednesday 9 October 2019.

The work, which will be undertaken by Reigart Contracts Ltd, will see tonnes of fire damaged and other material removed from the full length of the central corridor of the building. It is scheduled to take eight weeks and so, weather permitting, should be completed by the beginning of December.

The work will involve the extensive use of a crane to lift material out of the building. It will be sited at the corner of Renfrew Street and Scott Street. There will be no changes to the extent of the building site during the works, but there will be more movement of vehicles entering and exiting it.

It is anticipated that work will be limited to week days commencing at 8am daily and finishing at 4.30pm Monday – Thursday and 3.30pm on Friday.

“We have been asked by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to facilitate access to a further area of the building,”explains Liz Davidson, Senior Project Manager. “This will require a very substantial amount of material to be removed in what will be a particularly complex operation. Weather permitting, we anticipate that this work will be completed before Christmas.”

“A crane will be used to lift material out of the Mackintosh Building on to Renfrew Street where it will be sifted to ensure any important archaeological material is retained,”she adds. “By doing this work on Renfrew Street it will mean that the interior work can be done as quickly as possible getting the earliest access for the SFRS to this further area, and minimising disruption.”

“We thank our neighbours and our students for their understanding as we undertake the work which is necessary for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to continue their ongoing investigative work.”

Members of the GSA’s Mackintosh Building team and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be on site throughout the work.

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For further information contact:
Lesley Booth, 07799414474 / lesley@newcenturypr.com

Notes for Editors
• Reigart Contracts Ltd were awarded the contract for the removal work following a “quick quote” competitive tender process (applicable to projects with a maximum threshold of £2.5M) in line with Scottish Government procurement policies.
• Addyman Archaeology has been appointed by the GSA to provide a watching brief in case of major archaeological finds.