An exciting plan to develop the historic Egyptian Halls has been
announced. The building has been vacant for over 30 years,
but now ambitious plans to develop a 160-215 bed hotel are
underway. In August 2012 a planning
application was submitted along with an application for
listed building consent.
The plans include provision for retail space, restaurants
and bars to be accommodated on the basement floors, with the
hotel on the upper floors. Part of the plans will include for
the original Thomson ceilings and cornicing to be revealed as part
of mezzanine space on the lower floors. The owners say that
the project will result in the almost complete preservation of the
The owners say that the project could create up to 200
jobs, as well as 30 apprenticeships.
The building, which is close to Central Station in Union Street,
was designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, one of Glasgow's most
famous architects, and was completed in 1872.
The hotel element had originally been intended to be a
3-Star. However Hotel franchise Accor Hotels now have plans
to develop a 4-Star M Hotel on the upper floors, making it one of
only 45 worldwide.
The Planning application was approved in December 2012.
Listed Building consent was granted by Historic Scotland in
Franchise operator M Gallery have been announced to run a 4 star
hotel. Heads of terms have been in place since April