Egyptian Halls, Glasgow, Greek Thomson Building, Photos, 84-100 Union Street Refurbishment News, Demolition
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 News
27 Aug 2012 – Proposals for 114-bedroom hotel unveiled in Egyptian Halls building designed by by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson in Union Street.
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.
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.
Petition to save the 84-100 Union Street building: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save_the_egyptianhalls/
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.
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.
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.
Location: Glasgow, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, UK
Architecture in Glasgow
Key Building in the city by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson
St Vincent Street Church
photo © Adrian Welch
Mitchell Street – Egyptian Halls redevelopment context
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?
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Allander Leisure Centre Building in Bearsden
photograph © Adrian Welch
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