Residents evacuated from their homes near Trinity Tower in Glasgow due to safety fears have been told repairs could take two to three months.
There is currently an exclusion zone around the tower, preventing people from accessing their properties, which can’t be removed until “adequate stabilisation work” is complete.
Families were moved out of their homes on Saturday, as high winds battered the city during Storm Malik, amid concerns over the structure of the Trinity building.
The contractors carrying out the work have informed Glasgow City Council it “will take in the region of two to three months”.
In a letter to residents, the council added this is currently an estimate as investigations and design work are “at an early stage”.
People excluded from their homes are now having to find temporary accommodation and awaiting updates on whether they are covered by insurance.
The letter, to residents in the Park Circus area affected by the exclusion zone, stated: “Many of you have asked about the timeframe for the removal of the exclusion zone around Trinity Tower.
“The removal of the exclusion zone is entirely dependent on when the owners’ appointed design team and contractors will be able to complete adequate stabilisation work.
“I am afraid the council is unable to answer detailed questions about timeframes at this stage as we are not carrying out the work, however the contractors have indicated to us that the work will take in the region of two to three months.
“This is however an estimate as the further investigations and design work are at an early stage. As the plans are finalised and timescales become clearer, we will ensure this information is shared with you as soon as possible.”
Contractors had started repairs to the tower earlier this month and contacted the council on Saturday after its condition worsened.
Residents who needed emergency accommodation were put up in hotels and a rest centre was opened at Kelvin Hall.
Designed by Charles Wilson, Trinity College dates back to 1856 and was initially opened as the Free Church College.