20th March 2017
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and Govanhill Baths Trust are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for Phase 1(b) of the refurbishment of Govanhill Baths. The plans, designed by Belfast-based architects Hall Black Douglas, have been given approval by Glasgow City Council.
Project Manager Susan O’Connor, of The Prince's Regeneration Trust, said: "We have reached a significant milestone in bringing Govanhill Baths back into use. We have worked closely with the Trust for the last three years providing advice on funding, project management and finding a viable and sustainable future use so that such an important site can once again be a part of the City and enjoyed by the people of Glasgow. There is still more work to be done but today we have taken a positive step forward."
The iconic building on Glasgow’s Southside was closed amid controversy in 2001, but a long and resilient community campaign managed to obtain funding from Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery and Historic Environment Scotland to support restoring the Baths to their former glory and developing the building into a new Wellbeing Centre.
Stephen Douglas of Hall Black Douglas Architects said: “We are delighted to gain Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent on behalf of the Community Trust. We worked closely with Glasgow City Council and Historic Environment Scotland officers to agree the detail of the scheme. The approvals are a vital step in the process to bring forward the day when contractors can start work on the scheme.”
Since 2012, GBCT have been operating the building as a small community hub and arts events space while fundraising towards their ultimate goal.
Alan Walsh, Chair of GBCT said: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and members of GBCT, I would like to thank our partners in this project for gaining planning permission for the next stage of refurbishment. This is another major milestone on the way to restoring The Baths and opening the new well-being centre, we are delighted with the news.”
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Notes to Editors
1. The GBCT is grassroots organisation supported and developed through active involvement by members of the local community. We were established in December 2004 from the Save Our Pool campaign and many of our active members have been involved since the Trust began having first joined the occupation of the pool in 2001. http://www.govanhillbaths.com/about/
2. The GBCT have been awarded funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery, Historic Environment Scotland and Glasgow City Council to develop the building as a “Wellbeing Centre”, work is scheduled to start in 2018.
About The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is a world-leading regeneration charity working in hard-hit areas of the UK to rescue and re-use local buildings to transform lives. Its vision is that restored buildings become the heart of thriving communities. Over the past 20 years it has worked on over 90 projects saving about 1.4 million square feet of buildings and has created about 1,800 jobs. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is committed to:
• focusing on the most deprived communities in the UK, which can most benefit from heritage-led regeneration
• focusing on complex projects where other efforts by the public or private sector have failed – that is, where its help is most needed providing expertise to communities to help them lead the way on regeneration projects themselves.
It runs an innovative UK wide community education programme called BRICK which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is designed to support community groups which are trying to save their local heritage and create a better future for their local area. Through workshops, mentoring and online support, BRICK can help groups find the funding they need and successfully deliver their projects.
For more information please visit: http://www.princes-regeneration.org/