Hotel plans unveiled for Egyptian Halls

27 Aug 2012

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to transform one of Glasgow's most celebrated buildings into a 114-bedroom hotel in Union Street.

The proposals will convert the upper three floors of the Grade A listed Egyptian Halls, built by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, into a 3-star hotel.

A two-storey rooftop extension will be created for the hotel giving spectacular views across the city. The ground floor and basement of the building will house a combination of bars, restaurants and retail units, across four units.

Significant mezzanine space will be created on the lower floors revealing the original Thomson ceilings and cornicing, which have been hidden for 60 years.

Owners, USP Ltd and USI Ltd, say the project has the potential to create up to 200 jobs, around 30 apprenticeships and deliver up to £350,000 in business rates annually for the public purse.

Accor Hotels has been named as the hotel franchise and is expected to opt for the mid-range IBIS or Mercure brand, managed by hotel operators Longrose Buccleuch.

The plans are being billed as the "last throw of the dice" for the building, which has been empty for 32 years and was earmaked for demolition in 2011 because of funding shortages for a previous restoration plan. Thousands backed a campaign and petition to save the halls from the axe.

Owners say the proposals will result in almost the "complete preservation" of the halls. A planning application was lodged yesterday with Glagow City Council, for the hotel and listed building consent.

The building is widely recognised as 'Greek' Thomson's finest commercial building.

While funding for the hotel development is secure, funding for the ground floor redevelopment is still uncertain.

Source: The Evening Times: £20m hotel that could revive city