Kier contract on Glasgow School of Art terminated
Kier’s £25m contract to restore the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building has been terminated following a devastating fire earlier this month.
The Glasgow School of Art and the contractor said they had “jointly concluded that the current contract for the Mackintosh building restoration will end with immediate effect”.
“Both parties agreed that the current contract could no longer be fulfilled or completed,” they said in a joint statement.
Kier was appointed in June 2016 as main contractor to deliver the works for the restoration of the Mackintosh Building. At contract award the value was circa £25m and the works were scheduled for completion in January 2019.
The statement added: “The Glasgow School of Art acknowledges the work Kier Construction and its appointed sub-contractors had undertaken to date.”
The news came as it emerged that the risk of sudden collapse at the building meant that work to partially dismantle it will begin within days.
Remote and close-in surveys by Glasgow City Council building inspectors have revealed that there has been more substantial movement in the walls of the buildings than previously thought, making sudden collapse of parts of the building “likely” rather than just possible.