Govanhill hopes for Wellbeing hub

by Helen Patenall | 17 Mar 2009

The historic Govanhill Baths in Glasgow may be transformed into a £12.5m Wellbeing Centre, following its closure by the council in 2001 owing to its deteriorating condition.

Since its initiation in 2004, Govanhill Baths Community Trust has campaigned Glasgow City Council for permission to refurbish the B-listed Edwardian building into a cohesive leisure and community hub to help improve the lives of those living in the surrounding socially disadvantaged area.

Designs drawn up by NORD Architecture include a new swimming pool with a spa area comprising Turkish Baths and a hydrotherapy pool surrounded by physiotherapy and exercise rooms and spa pools.

A 340sq m (3,660sq ft) health suite will feature nine therapy rooms and a gym complete with resistance training equipment, while a 130sq m (1,400sq ft) games hall will provide space for activities such as badminton and martial arts.

An additional 370sq m (3,980sq ft) multi-purpose hall will accommodate public meetings and conferences, with access to a public healthy eating café.

A performance space may house a cinema or a theatre, while the centre’s crèche will be complemented by a secure roof garden.

The trust is now seeking funding from the local authority and the Scottish Government.

If planning permission is approved and funding secured, the projected 12-month build would commence in March 2010, with the Wellbeing Centre being scheduled to open in March 2011.

The historic Govanhill Baths in Glasgow may be transformed into a £12.5m Wellbeing Centre, following its closure by the council in 2001 owing to its deteriorating condition. Since its initiation in 2004, Govanhill Baths Community Trust has campaigned Glasgow City Council for permission to refurbish the B-listed Edwardian building into a cohesive leisure and community hub to help improve the lives of those living in the surrounding socially disadvantaged area.
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