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Merchant City Glasgow Buildings

Shops + Flats in historic city centre, Strathclyde: West of Scotland Architecture

post updated 9 July 2023 ; 7 February 2023

7 Feb 2023 
Ingram Street Development
65-97 Ingram Street Glasgow, Merchant City
image courtesy of Artisan Real Estate
65-97 Ingram Street Glasgow
Proposals for a landscaped and carbon friendly mixed-use development at the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City have been given the go-ahead by Glasgow City Council, subject to agreement of a ‘Section 75’ legal agreement. Artisan Real Estate’s plans for the site at 65-97 Ingram Street, currently being used as a temporary car park, include 109 sustainable apartments and ground floor commercial space, housed in buildings varying in height from four to seven storeys.

7 Nov 2020

Merchant City boutique hotel

DM Hall presents rare 18 room boutique hotel development opportunity in Glasgow’s Merchant City at offers over £1.33m.

Merchant City Glasgow

DM Hall, one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of chartered surveyors, is marketing a rare opportunity to acquire a Grade A listed building in Virginia Street with planning permission to develop an 18 room boutique hotel at the heart of Glasgow’s fashionable Merchant City.

Merchant City hotel Glasgow

The freehold interest of the circa 8,500 square foot property, which dates back as far as 1760 and is emblematic of an era when Glasgow businessmen conducted lucrative commercial transactions with the American colonies, is for sale at offers over £1.33m.

The accommodation, arranged over five floors including basement, ground and three upper floors benefits from an attractive courtyard to the rear. Within its current ownership, the building has been consistently maintained and upgraded since the early 1990s.

Full planning permission has been granted for bar and restaurant uses for the ground and basement as well for 18 boutique style hotel rooms to be developed on the upper floors. Full information and plans are available on Glasgow City Council’s Planning Portal.

Merchant City boutique hotel

The premises have been approved for a provisional alcohol licence which also allows access for children. The licence details alcohol can be sold up to 1.00am where at least 75 per cent of the floor area of the premises is given over to the provision of restaurant facilities.

Jonathan McManus of DM Hall’s Glasgow-based commercial agency department said: “This is a very attractive opportunity for developers / hoteliers who recognise the long-term ongoing development of the Merchant City as a highly appealing city centre hub.

“There is always room in the heart of Glasgow city centre for an attractive, upscale boutique hotel that promises not only to bring in local people but that will appeal also to the anticipated burgeoning, post-Covid-19 tourist and conference clientele. This could also be of interest for residential development and for serviced apartments.

“Notes of interest are invited for our clients heritable interest in the property at offers over £1.33M. Parties should register their interest in writing to DM Hall to be kept advised of any closing date which may be set for the receipt of offers.

“For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me, Jonathan McManus, [email protected] on 0141 332 8615.”

Merchant City Glasgow Photos

27 May 2016 – new photos

Daily Express Building designed in 1936-39 by Ellis and Clark, with Sir Evan Owen Williams:

Daily Express Building Glasgow
photograph © Adrian Welch

This was one a series of art-deco buildings commissioned by Beaverbrook Associated Newspapers in the 1930s to house the three offices of the Daily Express newspaper.

Related buildings include Daily Express London (1931) and Daily Express Manchester (1939)

His most celebrated work is the Boots Packed Wet Goods Factory D10 Building (1932) in Nottingham.

Adjacent building to the north – The Press Bar on Albion Street:
The Press Bar Albion Street
photograph © Adrian Welch


Flats at 80 High St granted planning : Merchant City apartments
Merchant City apartment
image from architect

Merchant City Branding
The new Merchant City street signage by Graven Images (below). The signage plaques and elements were completed in mid-2003:
no larger image:
Merchant City
image from Graven Images

Merchant City Shops

Emporio Armani Shop:
Merchant City shop
picture © Adrian Welch

Candleriggs Market
Fruit Market by Houston in 1907 and market hall by Carrick in 1852
Candleriggs Market
image © Adrian Welch

Merchant Square Building:
Merchant Square Building
image © AW

Scottish Civic Trust offices:
Scottish Civic Trust offices
image © AJW

Merchant City – Housing, East end of Ingram Street:
Merchant City Housing
photo © Adrian Welch

Candleriggs Building by RMJM Architects
Merchant City flats
photo © AW
Candleriggs Buildings – Merchant City Property

Virginia Court Merchant City Shops

Merchant City News

Merchant City: Ralph Lauren Glasgow
Aug 2002 – Following Edinburgh’s win in the battle for Harvey Nichols, Glasgow has counter-attacked by attracting one of the world’s best-selling fashion designers. Ralph Lauren is opening his first Scottish store, in the Merchant City area, this autumn.

City Halls
City Halls
photo © Adrian Welch
City Halls Merchant City
Nov 2002 – £8m City Halls project in Glasgow Merchant City gained approval at Glasgow Council’s cultural and leisure services committee. The City Halls will become the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBCSSO) base, the Scottish Music Information Centre and Glasgow home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, due to finish by autumn 2004. The next-door Fruitmarket will be renovated as a break-out space for the project.

Merchant City Housing
Glasgow City Council approved a 71-apartment scheme – including shops, bar, restaurant – in the Merchant City by Bett Homes, around a three-storey block which includes Bacchus pub and Bennett’s nightclub. The project retains the listed facade at the corner of Ingram Street & Hutcheson Street. The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland have objected.

Selfridges Glasgow
Selfridges by Toyo Ito are reported to have had exclusive talks with the property developer Wilson Bowden in mid-2004 about resurrecting plans to build a large store in the Merchant City, Glasgow.

Ingram Street Hotel

Glasgow Cross: Merchant City
Alba Town: Glasgow Cross, Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland. Other Alba Town developments include Bell St

The Monument apartments are located on Charlotte Street about 400m east of Glasgow Cross between the Gallowgate and London Road

Another building in the heart of the Merchant City Glasgow is Tron Theatre, not far from the Britannia Music Hall, also known as the Glasgow Panopticon. On the west side of the area isSt Andrews Church. On the east side is Homes for the Future

A restaurant/bar in the Merchant City area is The Corinthian Club

Merchant City Store : Jigsaw Glasgow

Italian Centre, off Ingram Street
Italian Centre
photo © Adrian Welch

Ingram Square Flats

Glasgow Architecture Design

Glasgow Shops

Glasgow Walking Tours

Merchant City Branding by Graven Images
Graven Images

Merchant City branding was by Graven Images

New Glasgow Building Designs

Contemporary Glasgow Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:

Glasgow School of Art

New Olympia House in Bridgeton
New Olympia House in Bridgeton, Glasgow
image courtesy of Clyde Gateway
New Olympia House in Bridgeton

Buildings / photos for the Merchant City Glasgow page welcome.