Work began today on the first stage of reconstruction at Glasgow School of Art’s (GSA) fire damaged Mackintosh building. With the building now fully cleared and departments relocated, today also saw the reopening of the rest of the art school.

Staff from GSA and Historic Scotland are working together on reconstruction work at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed listed building. A statement issued by GSA says that work has begun on “deconstructing and laying aside a small section of the uppermost part of the Western Gable for conservation.”

The statement continues: “Experts from the Digital Design Studio at the GSA have laser scanned the Western Gable and created a 3D plan. Specialists from Historic Scotland have now marked up the stones in line with this plan.

“The work will be undertaken by specialist stone masons and the stones will be conserved and protected at Historic Scotland’s Glasgow Cathedral Depot for reinstatement at a later date.”

The Scottish government has pledged its support for the reconstruction efforts and has announced it will initially match fund to a total of £5million any monies raised for the building’s restoration.

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