The storm brought 100mph winds and caused power cuts across more than 130,000 homes and businesses but it also triggered movement sensors in one of the three towers at the building, signalling that it was in danger of collapse.
The building was already undergoing structural repair but now an exclusion zone has been set up across six streets, including McIvor’s home sitting across the road from the affected tower.
Residents have no idea when they will be able to return and the situation has taken its toll both mentally and financially, according to McIvor.
“We’ve been told two to three months. But it’s all very vague. We don’t understand why the council isn’t more empathetic and why they’re not being more forthright about giving us information about what’s happening,” he said.
“I think that’s the gripe amongst tenants: the lack of information, the lack of clarity, the fact that the council’s refusing to compensate.”
The Charles Wilson-designed building was initially opened as the Free Church College in 1856 before becoming the Trinity College in 1930. The landmark building was vacated in the 1970s before being turned into housing in the Nineties.
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DJ McIvor, 54, has lived near the tower for 15 years. As well as a home, the property hosts his music studio and the music collection he has been amassing for more than 30 years.
“My entire life is in that house, my studio is in there, my entire music collection is in there. I didn’t work for two years during the pandemic because my work is playing in front of audiences,” McIvor said.
“Then things have just started to pick up and then I have no access to the tools of my trades. That means I managed to get a small amount of stuff out but not enough to really keep working. I did a lot of studio work but now I can’t.”
Glasgow City Council has set up an online page to update residents on progress with works to make the building safe once more.
In the last update posted on March 11, the local authority said council officers met with the design team on the project to discuss long-term works to stabilise the tower.
The council update said: “Following this meeting we hope that a revised and better informed timescale will be provided to affected residents.
“The designation of the tower remains that of a dangerous building and until the Council’s Building Control and Public Safety Team can be satisfied that there is no or negligible risk of collapse the exclusion zone will be required to stay in place and access to properties will continue to be restricted.”
“The safety of residents is of paramount importance and the council had no option other than to evacuate six weeks ago, but that does not excuse the lack of progress made since,” he said. “In situations like these, it is important that we all remember these are not just buildings, but people’s homes and the disruption the residents are facing is colossal.
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