Glasgow House of Fraser building ‘collapses’ amid water damage and mold claims

Footage shared shows what appears to be the shocking state of parts of the iconic House of Fraser building on Buchanan Street.

A whistleblower recently told the Scottish Daily Express that the A-rated store ‘has been left to rot’, claiming billionaire bosses at House of Fraser are not carrying out all the repairs to the landmark.

It was later reported that the water damage appeared to have worsened, with parts of ceilings and walls collapsing within yards of expensive designer products.

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In photos leaked online, buckets and bins appear to be used to prevent water from leaking from holes in the interior ceilings and there are signs of dampness in the Glasgow city center store. The Scottish Daily Express has previously reported fungus growing in carpets due to problems.

They also say a ceiling collapsed next to designer sunglasses, with a reporter told by a member of staff that the problem had been going on for more than four months, before finally collapsing last week, raising concerns for the safety of the building.

The walls seem to be rotting

Another image appears to show obvious water damage on other floors of the building.

A member of staff speaking about the state of the building last year says: ‘It’s crazy they don’t take care of the issues. The place is falling apart and has white mold that has been left to rot and fester.

“The roof on the fourth floor is collapsing and the men’s toilet is blocked because the ceiling collapsed. They have repainted where there is a leak on the third floor.

“The toilets on the second level of the linen room are closed because that’s where the leak that caused the fungus came from.

Fraser House Glasgow water damage
Water damage is clearly visible in some parts of the building

“Just walk looking up and you’ll find so many wet spots.”

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Bought by controversial Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley in 2018, the 350,000 square foot store was opened as the first ever House of Fraser department store in 1849 as Arthur and Fraser.

It is currently an A-listed protected building, which according to Historic Scotland means the building is considered to be “of national or international architectural or historic significance”.

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Ashley bought the building for £95million from the Strathclyde Pension Fund, administered by Glasgow City Council, and the deal was completed in January 2020.

He previously bought the House of Fraser brand for £90million after entering administration, owing more than £1billion to his creditors.

Historic Scotland, which looks after Listed Buildings in Scotland and House of Fraser, has been contacted for comment.

A Frasers Group spokesperson commented; “In light of recent reports, we would like to emphasize that the safety and well-being of our staff and customers is our priority. Our buildings are subject to regular maintenance reports and, at the time of this statement, 45 Buchanan Street has been surveyed to ensure there is no risk to our staff or our clients. This site complies with all legal requirements and we have professionals on the ground who ensure that all appropriate repairs are carried out efficiently.

“We recognize that the 350,000 square foot building needs improvements and we have worked hard since acquiring the business to implement them. Unfortunately, the store had seen little to no investment from previous owners for many years.”

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