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Mackintosh building will be rebuilt, says Glasgow School of Art director

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Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building will be rebuilt, according to the school’s director Tom Inns.

Speaking to The Guardian Inns spoke publicly for the first time since the fire last month which left “extensive damage” to the school. Inns stated that: “We’re going to rebuild the Mackintosh building. There’s been a huge amount of speculation about what should happen with the site and quite rightly so, but from our point of view and that of the city of Glasgow, it is critically important that the building comes back as the Mackintosh building.”

Building has begun to ensure that the most structurally unstable areas — the south-east and west facades — of the building are removed for safety.

There has been internal debate about the cost and future of the Mackintosh building, an architectural ode to the genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which was already undergoing a £35m reconstruction following a fire in 2014.

Speaking about the fire last month, David Shrigley told us that “The loss of The Mackintosh Building is devastating for the city of Glasgow. There are not many buildings that are as universally loved and admired. It is (or was) such a beautiful and original piece of architecture”.