Funding to give Govanhill baths a new lease of life

The Govanhill Baths refurbishment is to benefit from a £2,150,000 funding boost.

Monday, 11th March 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 11th March 2019, 8:07 am

A total of 18 projects are being awarded funding in 2019/20 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

The B-listed Edwardian Govanhill Baths is currently on the Buildings at Risk Register.

Funding of £2.15m will support Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) towards the aim of fully reopening the baths for the local population and the people of Glasgow and key areas of this important Edwardian building to its original function.

The refurbished spaces will also support the expansion of existing social enterprise initiatives for people in Govanhill, designed to respond to the needs of local people, providing opportunities for employment, volunteering and vocational development.

Local councillor, Bailie Soryia Siddique, said: I’m delighted that Govanhill baths is receiving Regeneration Capital Grant Funding.

“The community lead campaign will be nearer to achieving their goals.

“I look forward to continuing to work with them and the local community in achieving their short and long-term aspiratons.

Alex Wilde, chair of Govanhill Baths Community Trust, said: “We are delighted to have this final piece of the jigsaw in place to finally start the redevelopment of the Govanhill Baths. This success has been hard fought for and a result of the endless perseverance and determination by the Trust and its supporters. There is more hard work to come but the goal of restoring a much loved building and a creating a high quality Wellbeing facility for the community of Govanhill is within sight.”

Niall Murphy, from the Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust, added: “This is great news for the health and wellbeing of the Govanhill community and a testament to many years of hard work from the Govanhill Baths team and their determination to bring the historic Baths back into sustainable use as an asset for Govanhill and Glasgow. This positive development means we now have the funding to start the tender process so we can get a contractor in place later in the year and then the community will start seeing progress.”