THE EGYPTIAN HALLS : An iconic Glasgow building by the extraordinary Alexander Greek Thomson stands forlorn in the very centre of the city alongside Central Station. While this is one of the city's most prime sites, it is also one of the most important historical buildings. It can sometimes be a challenge to retain the viability of such a building with changing floor space needs and standards. Add to this the current economic climate and the situation is greatly exacerbated. The owner, Derek Souter, has been trying for years to reach a solution. His architects have designed an upward extension to increase the floorspace - a bit controversial, but understandable. His pleas for financial assistance for the restoration work has been fruitless. And bureaucracy has not helped. He has now made another public plea to help find a way through collaboration. As time ticks by the building is deteriorating further and becoming dangerous. All we see today is scaffolding with a representation of the once elegant building behind it.

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