Sauchiehall Street faces further denudation with ABC Cinema demolition
February 22 2019
Glasgow’s fire-ravaged Sauchiehall Street is set for further change after a demolition application was filed for the C-listed former ABC Cinema.
Left a charred shell by the Glasgow School of Art fire the venue suffered extensive damage, resulting in moves to clear the street frontage from 304-332 Sauchiehall Street in its entirety.
An assessment by RM Consulting concluded that the combined effects of fire and water damage rendered economic reinstatement of the damaged building as being unfeasible.
The assessors wrote: “The front elevation requires to be safely demolished to allow access to the building at high level with suitable plant to shear and remove the steel roof structure. This would allow subsequent access to the east elevation and its careful removal but also allow a close assessment and careful investigation of the relationship between the rear wall and the attached GSoA…”
This has already sparked a backlash from politicians with Alison Thewliss MP and Sandra White MSP jointly declaring that its removal would be ‘completely unacceptable’.
The pair wrote: “Despite the incredible contribution this building has made to Glasgow, it has received little in the way of attention in the wake of last summer’s fire – indeed in contrast to the support afforded to the GSoA it has paled in comparison.”
Glasgow City Council are currently deliberating on the application.
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