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AJ: Glasgow Lighthouse to go into administration

Am I surprised? No. Am I saddened? Yes. I understand that 57 people are employed by Glasgow’s architecture centre.

Source: http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/the-lighthouse-to-go-into-administration/5207164.article?referrer=RSS

The Lighthouse to go into administration

25 August, 2009 | By Andrea Klettner

Scotland’s centre for architecture, the Lighthouse, is set to go into administration

The news, which has been blamed on a lack of income from commercial activities, follows a board meeting last night.

In a statement released to the AJ chairman of the board of trustees-Eleanor MacAllister OBE said: ‘It has been a heartbreaking decision for me and the board to bring in administrators to the Lighthouse Trust.

‘We know the devastating effect this will have on our staff and on the partners working with us on our projects. We have done everything possible to avoid this, but the options before us were very limited in the current economic downtown.

‘Last year we put in place, with additional support from our main funders the City Council and the Scottish Government, a crisis package to secure our immediate future to enable us to continue our education and exhibition programmes at the Lighthouse.

‘Unfortunately that new package was very dependent on maintaining the income generated from our commercial activities. The Lighthouse business model has always required commercial income to subsidise its extensive programme.’

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