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Bad weather delays business access after art school fire

High winds have meant cranes have not been able to complete work by October 14.

Delay: Work on the west gable was due to be completed by October 14.
Delay: Work on the west gable was due to be completed by October 14. PA

Plans to allow businesses back into their premises following a blaze at Glasgow School of Art have been delayed due to bad weather.

Work to complete the stabilisation of the west gable of the Mackintosh Building was due to be completed by October 14.

However, high winds have made it impossible for cranes to carry out work in the last week.

Affected businesses on Sauchiehall Street and Scott Street will face further delays to get access to their premises.

With more bad weather expected over the coming days, Glasgow School of Art said it would be impossible to complete the west gable work on schedule.

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"Our teams have been continuing to work flat out to complete the work on the west gable of the Mackintosh Building, but the bad weather means unfortunately this cannot be done by October 14," said Professor Tom inns, director of Glasgow School of Art.

"We want to to keep the delay to a minimum, but safety has to be the priority.

"The cranes have been working and will continue to work whenever there is a window in the weather, but they cannot be operated safely in high winds.

"Weather permitting, we now hope to have the work finished by October 21."

"We have been in touch with affected businesses and we are very sorry for the delay and the obvious, continued impact this will have on them."

Glasgow School of Art teams will continue to work on site as and when the weather permits to ensure the west gable work can be finished as soon as possible.

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