Egyptian halls could be demolished
May 13, 2011 by Grace Franklin
A plan to demolish the Egyptian Halls in Union Street -a listed building – is currently before Glasgow City Council. ‘The deadline to object is Friday 20 May,’ said Bailie Dr Nina Baker: ‘ I have put in my objections and hope others will do so too. This is a beautiful building, disgracefully neglected. If the owners can make nothing of it, it should be confiscated from them. If Glasgow cannot retain it, then the title City of Architecture 1999 should be confiscated.’ She has requested the unusual procedure of having a site visit to see in situ what state the building is in.
Building owner Derek Souter told the LOCAL NEWS website that there had been years of mistakes and neglect before his company took over the building. He said: ‘To preserve the Egyptian Halls and return it to commercial sustainability the new Scottish Government needs to engage with me and the companies which own the property. No developer in these challenging times expects any form of blank cheque. But I believe a collaborative private/public sector project can still be implemented. In my view it can be self-financing, accountable and transparent and could even make a profit to which the Scottish Government would be entitled to a share.’