Egyptian Halls

  • The Egyptian Halls in Union Street
  • Daytime view of how the Egyptian Halls could look
  • Night view of how the building could look

Lead Partner: Union Street Properties/Union Street Investments

Other Partners: Morrison Partnership Addison Conservation Glasgow City Council Historic Scotland


Project History
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  • Daytime view of how the Egyptian Halls could look
  • Night view of how the building could look
  • The Egyptian Halls
  • Union Street in Glasgow city centre is home to the Egyptian Halls
  • Detail of the scrim that wraps the building as it is renovated
  • Egyptian Halls in Union Street


Glasgow City Centre, IFSD


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 building.

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.

Current status:

The Planning application was approved in December 2012.  Listed Building consent was granted by Historic Scotland in February 2013.

Franchise operator M Gallery have been announced to run a 4 star hotel.  Heads of terms have been in place since April 2010.