Convener Joan McAlpine led a parliamentary debate on behalf of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on its report, The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building: The loss of a national treasure, an tragic fire that also was investigated in some detail at the IHBC’s 2019 Day School in Nottingham last July.
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Convener Joan McAlpine [led]a debate on behalf of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on its report: The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building: The loss of a national treasure.
The committee considers from the evidence gathered that the Mackintosh fires raise a host of associated issues which go beyond the cause of the fire itself and as such require further examination.
MSPs recommended that after the conclusion of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service report, the Scottish government should establish a public inquiry with judicial powers into the 2014 and 2018 fires at the Glasgow School of Art.
The inquiry should also examine the risks posed by fire in historic buildings nationally and the ability of custodians to manage these properties, drawing on the lessons learned from the GSA.
Download the report, The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building: The loss of a national treasure
For more background to the Fire at the IHBC’s Nottingham Annual School see the NewsBlog
See also Liz Davidson, Senior Project Manager, Glasgow School of Art, on ‘Reconstructing the Mackintosh: the race between Education and Catastrophe
See more on the 2019 Day School