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Daily’s probe into 10-year-old fire sparks fresh call for government action

A daily newspaper’s spotlight on a 10-year-old fire at a historic building has prompted fresh calls for government bosses to secure the building’s future.

As previously reported by HTFP, Glasgow daily The Herald has run a series of articles looking at the Glasgow School of Art, which was hit by fires in 2014 and 2018.

The series was led by The Herald’s deputy head of content Deborah Anderson and has now led to the issue of the building’s future being raised in the Scottish Parliament.

In an editorial about the series drawing to a close, Herald editor Cahterine Salmond said the series had “been months in the making”.

Catherine Salmond 2023

Catherine, pictured, wrote: “I have been blown away by the response we have had to our work which, ten years on from the first fire at the world-famous Mack building, has investigated all areas of what happened – and where things go from here as the landmark remains in ruins.

“The variety of content my team has produced has been thorough and varied and, as always, I am immensely proud of what we have done, its delivery and presentation, and the energy across the newsroom.

“Our series, led by deputy head of content Deborah Anderson, was also raised at Holyrood on Thursday as calls were made for the Scottish Government to step in to secure the building’s future.

“But I am most satisfied with how you, our readers, have received and responded to our work. You have been in touch, discussed our content on social media, subscribed to our website and bought our printed product.

“Thank you. Without you, your feedback and support, we would not be able to invest in our quality and trusted investigations.”