The biggest mystery surrounding the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, if you ask me, is not so much the cause of the devastating blaze or the missing safety checks reported by The Herald, but why its Board of Governors has not resigned.
Revealed: the missing safety checks at ravaged Glasgow School of Art fire
By Ron McKay - The Herald
Revealed: the art school fire and the spectre of Grenfell
THE restoration work to Glasgow of School Art after the 2014 fire was not subject to the usual building regulation and inspection procedures.
Nine days ago a second fire ravaged the building raising doubts that "the Mack" can be saved. Normally approval has to be given for any building or alteration and building control warrants are a requirement, together with mandatory site inspections carried out by city council experts. This did not happen.
The Sunday Herald can now reveal that because it was a Grade A listed building it was exempt from the process and the work was not vetted or inspected by Glasgow City Council officials. Like-for-like replacement – virtually all of the Mack refurbishment – is exempt.
Officials did inspect a "small number of improvement works" – such as the sprinkler and fire detection systems, which were installed but not commissioned, ventilation and toilets – which were subject to vetting and building control.