Egyptian Halls Glasgow demolition, Greek Thomson building photos, 84-100 Union Street refurbishment news

Egyptian Halls Glasgow

84-100 Union Street Warehouse Building Strathclyde, western Scotland design by architect Alexander Thomson

27 apr 2011

Address: 84-100 Union St, Glasgow

Date built: 1873

Architect: Alexander Thomson

Egyptian Halls Property News
27 Aug 2012 – Proposals for 114-bedroom hotel unveiled in Egyptian Halls building designed by by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson in Union Street.

Initial refurbishment proposal:
Egyptian Halls Building Glasgow
84-100 Union Street building image from developers

Egyptian Halls

The scheme will convert the upper three floors of the Grade A listed Egyptian Halls into a 3-star hotel.

A Planning and Listed Building Consent application for the 100% preservation and return to commercial sustainability of the 84-100 Union Street property has been lodged with Glasgow City Council.

The application which has been prepared by The Morrison Partnership (George Morrison) and TPS Planning (Richard Heggie).


Egyptian Halls Building News

27 Mar 2011 – Union Street Properties have published their “final opportunity” proposal to regenerate Glasgow’s Egyptian Halls, warning that demolition is imminent if the impasse can’t be broken.

new hotel alternative for this building site:
Egyptian Halls Building Glasgow
84-100 Union Street property image from developers

Property developer Derek Souter puts forward a rationale to demolish the A-listed structure, a plan which would see the Greek Thomson building demolished for a 12 storey, 225 bed ‘Egyptian Halls Hotel’ designed by the Morrison Partnership, Edinburgh. This is centred on the “non-viability” for Union Street Properties to fund the redevelopment whilst retaining the existing Greek Thomson building owing to current economic situation.

Views of building from past:
Egyptian Halls Building Glasgow Alexander Greek Thomson Building Glasgow Egyptian Halls Building in Glasgow
84-100 Union St images from developers

Petition to save the 84-100 Union Street building:

Egyptian Halls Glasgow : developers page on this Greek Thomson building

“Unless public money can be found to save it, the building may be condemned as soon as Summer 2011 and demolished. Once the developers have been granted permission to knock it down, Scotland will lose one of its architectural jewels”.

Egyptian Halls in Glasgow facebook page

Egyptian Halls News

Dundee-based Union Street Properties have purchased the remaining parts of 84/100 Union Street to attain 100% ownership. This should be good news for one of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s key buildings, currently lying empty and in a state of disrepair – in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

A proposed £6m restoration and redevelopment scheme would return it to commercial use.

Greek Thomson Architect Egyptian Halls Egyptian Halls Glasgow
warehouse building images © Adrian Welch Sep 2005

Egyptian Halls – Renovation News

£6m refurbishment by architects The Morrison Partnership of Egyptian Halls announced early 2007; to go on site Autumn 2007.

The 84-100 Union Street property is a cast-ironed framed, four-storey warehouse / bazaar and is reputed to have been one of Greek Thomson’s favourite buildings.

Greek Thomson

The name of the building seems to be a misnomer as there is very little Egyptian influence in its design. Instead, it is more closely modelled on Greek classical architecture, particularly the Corinthian order of the Tower of the Winds in Athens, which was Thomson’s ideal of design.

It possibly takes its title from the earlier Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London, which was the precursor for the large multi-purpose commercial premises of Alexander Thomson’s building. Also, it is possible that some of the shops may have been Egyptian-themed. In addition to the shops, the building featured a lecture room, bazaar and a large central hall where displays of paintings and antiquities were staged, including the display of the complete Egyptian tomb of Thebes.
source: wikipedia

Location: Glasgow, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, UK

Architecture in Glasgow

Key Building in the city by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson

St Vincent Street Church
St Vincent Street Church
photo © Adrian Welch

Mitchell Street – Egyptian Halls redevelopment context

Glasgow Transport Museum

Glasgow School of Art

Key building adjacent to the East is the magnetic Central Station Glasgow with its historic hotel building frotning the railway station concourse.

Commets welcome – do you like the idea of this important Glaswegian building being converted into a 3-star hotel?

Alexander Thomson

Glasgow Building Designs

Contemporary Glasgow Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:

New Allander Leisure Centre
Design: Holmes Miller
Allander Leisure Centre Bearsden, Glasgow
image courtesy of architects practice
Allander Leisure Centre Building in Bearsden

Burrell Collection
Burrell Museum Glasgow
photograph © Adrian Welch
Burrell Museum

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