Glasgow Art School faces law suit from angry neighbours

Work starts on the managed dismantling of The Mackintosh Building. Photo Marco Frederici

‘Privileged elites more interested in saving building than community,’ lawyers claim

Residents and business owners barred from returning to their properties after the June fire at the Glasgow School of Art are considering legal action against Kier, Glasgow City Council and the art school itself.

A safety cordon prevents access to 33 homes and 55 businesses. It was erected following the June 15 blaze which gutted the grade A-listed Mackintosh building for the second time. Behind the cordon demolition contractor Reigart is undertaking dismantling work to prevent the collapse of parts of the building and to try and preserve the surviving fabric.

Govan Law Centre, a local not-for-profit legal practice, said it had held a meeting with representatives of Sauchiehall Street Inner Cordon Businesses and is looking into a public interest litigation.

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