Art school prin­ci­pal re­signs

The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -

THE prin­ci­pal of Glas­gow School of Art has re­signed af­ter months of tur­moil over the fire that de­stroyed the build­ing in June.

Pro­fes­sor Tom Inns quit af­ter it emerged the GSA had oc­cu­pied part of the build­ing “for some time” be­fore the fire, in what was hailed as a breach of fire safety that could af­fect an in­sur­ance set­tle­ment if the in­surer was un­aware of the GSA of­fice.

Glas­gow School of Art was re­port­edly us­ing an area known as the Jan­i­tor’s House in­side the main build­ing, on the op­po­site side of the cor­ri­dor from the site of­fice of Kier Con­struc­tion.

A Glas­gow School of Art spokes­woman said: “”Kier had a fire plan in place to mit­i­gate risk in the build­ing that had been re­viewed by the GSA, the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and Glas­gow City Coun­cil build­ing con­trol prior to sign off by GSA.

“GSA made sure there was 24/7 manned se­cu­rity.”

Ex­perts said that nei­ther of­fice should have been es­tab­lished in the build­ing, in line with health and safety guide­lines.

A se­nior mem­ber of the GSA’s school of ar­chi­tec­ture said the in­sti­tu­tion should not have been able to take par­tial pos­ses­sion of the build­ing when it had not ef­fec­tive fire pro­tec­tion.

Gor­don Gibb said: “Look at the in­dus­try guide­lines. No-one should be able to use a build­ing un­til it is safe as a com­pleted build­ing.

“You can­not oc­cupy a con­struc­tion site which is in­her­ently dan­ger­ous.”

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