Michael Russell, Minister for Architecture, will announce that the staff and programmes that are directly funded by the Scottish Government, and had been operated to date by the Lighthouse Trust, will be transferred to become part of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS).
The announcement will be part of a pre-recorded message from the Minister that will be shown at the Saltire Housing Awards, held in the Lighthouse building, on the evening of Tuesday 10th of November.
In his statement Mr Russell said;
I am sure that many of you will be aware of the financial difficulties which have beset The Lighthouse Trust over the last year or so. The Scottish Government worked with the centre to try to help resolve its difficulties, but it was with great regret that we saw the Trust move into administration. Last month, the administrators decided the Trust was no longer a viable company.
This evening though, I am pleased to announce that; through discussion with the administrators and the owners of the Lighthouse building Glasgow City Council – we have been able to find a way to ensure a national centre for architecture continues within this building. The Scottish Government will continue with its programmes on architecture and sustainability here in The Lighthouse building under the aegis of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS).
With a transfer of the majority of Lighthouse national programme and SUST staff to A&DS; we aim to continue to create a series of exhibitions, events and activities to the high standard achieved for so many years by the Lighthouse Trust.
The announcement was warmly welcomed by Raymond Young CBE, chair of A&DS. Speaking before the announcement Mr Young said;
We are delighted to be able to play a part in ensuring that the Lighthouse remains as a centre for architecture and the city. We welcome the addition of the expert staff teams in Sust, the Education programme and the National programme to our existing highly skilled team.
These teams have worked well together in the past and by bringing the two groups together A&DS will be able to offer a wider programme while ensuring the benefits of a more integrated approach to the promotion of better places across Scotland. We look forward to having our own base in Glasgow, as well as in Edinburgh, and to continuing to work closely with Glasgow City Council.