At the request of GCC DRS The Morrison Partnership and Addison Conservation have over the past three months carried out an updated structural appraisal. It has now been issued and can be downloaded by clicking the icon to the right. It makes for extremely grim reading as it now looks very, very like the Egyptian Halls cannot now be preserved 100% as was without doubt possible from 1999 to 2011. The reasons are all many and complex but all relate back to the Dec 1999 CPO Agreement, which could not legally be implemented due to it being impossible to deliver EVER due to an irreversible Amendment some two years earlier. And now the consequences are palpable and on record.
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL OF MACKINTOSH-THOMSON MEWS
Therefore without doubt it is time now for GCC and the Scottish Government in conjunction with or via HES to actually collaborate with the Egyptian Halls co-owners. Particularly relating to the projected transformative benefits that the development of Mackintosh Thomson Mews would create please click to the icon to the left to view. And if the project does not get some tangible, effective collaboration from both GCC and the Scottish Government I do fear that even façade retention will be unable to be achieved. And Glasgow and Scotland loses yet another precious architectural masterpiece.
POINT TO PONDER
And can I remind you that the experts now recommending the ONLY achievable two courses of action are the same experts whose Year 2000, 2005 and 2011 schemes would have actually preserved the Egyptian Halls 100%! So please do not forget to factor this in to any assessment.
Therefore there is one FINAL chance for an EXTRAORDINARY solution to save this EXTRAORDINARY BUILDING? Will GCC and the Scottish Government finally take up the long offered option of without liability, private and confidential discussions to achieve long overdue preservation, regeneration, job creation and also potentially a transformative City Centre project?