RIAS Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Honoured

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RIAS Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Honoured

Honour at event by Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

19 Jun 2014

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Praise

Cabinet Secretary Honours Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

At the annual RIAS Awards Dinner in Glasgow last night, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, made a special presentation from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in recognition of their outstanding work at the Glasgow School of Art fire on Friday 23rd May this year.

RIAS Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Honoured

Commenting on the event, RIAS President, Iain Connelly said:

“The value of Glasgow School of Art goes well beyond the city or even Scotland. It is a work of architectural heritage of world renown and its influence on 20th century architecture is immeasurable. It reflects the genius of one of our greatest ever architects. The whole of the architectural profession in Scotland will, I am sure, join with me in congratulating the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for the extraordinary work they did on that terrible day as the rest of the world could only look on. We are forever in their debt.”

Dave Boyle, Director of Service Delivery (West) of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, commented:

“We greatly appreciate the strength and warmth of feeling for the role our firefighters played in protecting our heritage and built environment. We are very grateful for this special recognition on behalf of the architectural profession in Scotland. The Cabinet Secretary’s participation in the event was also hugely appreciated. We have been inundated with expressions of gratitude since the School of Art fire and we are humbled and overwhelmed by this kindness.”

The Royal Incorporation has agreed with Glasgow School of Art to commission a GSA graduate to install a permanent marker in the landscape adjoining the new GSA Reid Building which will orientate viewers towards the area of the “Mac” most affected by the fire.

Photography © Nick McGowan-Lowe

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