Clyde Waterfront Heritage

The Egyptian Halls in Glasgow

Egyptian Halls bid to survive

A historic building in Glasgow city centre may have to be demolished … unless £2.35million can be found to save it. The Evening Times recently toured the buuilding and reported on its condition.

The 138-year-old A-Listed Egyptian Halls in Union Street, opposite the side entrance to Central Station, were designed by Alexander “Greek” Thomson and are regarded as one of the finest buildings in Glasgow.

The building has lain empty and partly derelict for 30 years and is now hidden behind scaffolding and a giant hoarding.

Owner Derek Souter, director of Union Street Properties, recently invited the Evening Times to tour the impressive structure. What we found was a building crying out for attention, with plaster falling off the walls and ceilings, and decades of neglect evident round every corner.

Mr Souter said: “I believe the building is very close to being unable to be repaired, which would mean it would eventually become dangerous.”

If that happened, it is almost certain the Egyptian Halls would have to be demolished and the site cleared.

Neil Baxter, secretary of the Royal Incorporation Of architects in Scotland, said: “There is no question that the Egyptian Halls is the finest surviving example of an Alexander Thomson commercial building.

“This is a building of the first international importance and it would be a great pity if lack of a relatively small amount of money in terms of public expenditure, condemned this building.”

Source: The Evening Times: £2.3m pleas of historic city icon