Egyptian Halls, Glasgow, Greek Thomson Building, Photos, Refurbishment, News, Demolition

Egyptian Halls Glasgow

Warehouse Building Strathclyde, western Scotland – design by architect Alexander Thomson

27 apr 2011

Egyptian Halls

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.

Initial refurbishment proposal:
Egyptian Halls Building Glasgow
image from developers

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 Egyptian Halls 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
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:
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images from developers

Petition to save the Egyptian Halls:

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 Egyptian Halls 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, particularily 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

Architecture in Glasgow

Key Building in the city by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson

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

Egyptian Halls – redevelopment context

Glasgow Transport Museum
Glasgow Transport Museum
photo © Adrian Welch

Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow School of Art
photo © Adrian Welch

Key building adjacent to the Egyptian Halls: Glasgow Central Station

Alexander Thomson



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