On the evening of Friday 15 June 2018, a major fire broke out at the Glasgow School of Art’s historic Mackintosh (‘The Mack’) building. Scottish Fire and Rescue Services spent the weekend extinguishing the blaze and fortunately, there were no casualties.
The building has been undergoing an extensive restoration following the 2014 fire and has not been a part of the GSA’s operational campus since then.
Responding to the news, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said:
“It’s very upsetting to see the Glasgow School of Art gutted by fire again. Although we are relieved there were no casualties, this is a huge loss for students, staff and Scotland. The energy and integrity put into the near-to-complete restoration just adds to the heartbreak. This is a cruel thing to happen to such a great and resilient institution.”