Restoration plans boost for Glasgow’s Egyptian Halls

CONSERVATION experts fighting for the restoration of a Glasgow architectural masterpiece have secured funding to develop a plan for the building’s future.

A working group – formed last year, led by the Scottish Civic Trust and composed of experienced developers, architects and others – has secured funding from Glasgow City Heritage Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund to develop a business plan for the restoration of Glasgow’s A-listed Egyptian Halls.

The Halls are located on the city’s Union Street.

Says a media release issued by the Scottish Civic Trust, here: “Egyptian Halls was designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, a Scottish architect of international stature, from 1870 to 1872. Originally designed as a commercial building that welcomed thousands through its doors, the building’s balanced, colonnaded facade is acknowledged as a masterclass in architectural detailing.

“Although a work of artistic genius by one of Scotland’s greatest architects, Egyptian Halls has been lying empty for decades. In 2020, the building was shortlisted as one of Europe’s ‘14 most endangered buildings’ by Europa Nostra, a pan-European heritage organisation.”

Picture credit: Nick Haynes