The former BBC Scotland headquarters has become a new addition in a list of special Scottish buildings at risk, newspaper reports today confirmed.
According to The Herald, the Glasgow-based building – a former home of the broadcaster for more than 70 years – has featured in the latest report by the Buildings at Risk Register (BARR), Historic Scotland’s watchdog for properties of architectural or historic significance throughout the county seen to be under threat.
The move was taken after thieves damaged part of the building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1895.
BBC HQ from 1936, the building in Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, was left empty after the Corporation shifted to Pacific Quay four years ago.
A spokesman for RBS, which owns the site, is quoted as saying: “We have discussed new works with specialist builders. We now have [security] guardians in the building. There was protection on the site.”
And today’s Daily Record features one of those guardians who has been able to rent space in the Victorian mansion for just £45 a week in a bid to fend off vandals.