The multi-million pound project to restore Glasgow School of Art is “affordable” and may not require any public funds, its leader has said.

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh masterpiece building was extensively damaged when a blaze broke out late on June 15, 2018, as it neared the end of a £35 million restoration project following a previous fire in May 2014.

The first phase in the subsequent restoration to clear the debris and stabilise the building has now been completed.

More than 5,500 of tonnes of fire-damaged material have been removed from the site, with the help of archaeological experts, which will be recycled and returned.

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