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Demolition planned for historic journalists’ bar

A bar frequented for decades by journalists from a nearby group of newspapers could be set for demolition.

Plans have been submitted to demolish The Press Bar, in Glasgow, in order to make way for a proposed residential development.

The bar, on Albion Street, in the city, opened in 1928 and was previously called the Express Bar because of the then Scottish Daily Express offices in the building next door.

When the Express moved its operation to Manchester in 1974, a workers’ co-operative set up the Scottish Daily News and took up residence.


The paper lasted only six months but in 1988, sister dailies the Glasgow Evening Times and The Herald moved in to Albion Street, with the Press Bar became a regular stopping off point for many of their staff.

The titles later moved away to their current Renfield Street base, severing the bar’s links with the industry.

Glasgow-based Iceni Projects said in its cover letter for the application: “On behalf of our client, Strathcarron Homes Ltd, we have submitted an application for conservation area consent for the total demolition of the Press Bar building at 199 Albion Street, Glasgow.

“An application for planning permission in principle has been submitted alongside the CAC application to redevelop the site for residential development.”