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O2 ABC Demolition plans "approved"

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O2 ABC Demolition plans "approved"


Historic Environment Scotland has given the go ahead for the much loved O2 ABC venue to be demolished.

Originally against the demolition plans, the public body has taken a u-turn on their decision after assessing the damage caused by 2018s Glasgow School of Art fire which spread to the O2 ABC.

The condition of the building has "rapidly deteriorated" over the years, with the venue now overrun by vermin and sewage, the building is also in danger of collapsing completely.

They explained: "It is clear to us that the likelihood of achieving a scheme of meaningful repair for the whole front elevation is low."

"Weighing the reduced merit of the building in its current condition against the clear requirement to demolish the severely-damaged auditorium... we no longer consider it proportionate to maintain our objection to the application for demolition."

The building was designed by CJ McNair in the 1920s and was originally meant to be a dance hall, although in November 1929 it was ABCs flagship cinema. It remained a cinema until 1999 where it reopened as a music venue in 2002.

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