Cash pledged af­ter bat­tle for re­vamp of his­toric baths

Evening Times - - NEWS - By CATRIONA STE­WART

MORE than 15 years af­ter or­der­ing the clo­sure of Go­van­hill Baths Glas­gow City Coun­cil will give half a mil­lion pounds to see it re­opened.

De­spite com­mu­nity protests, the fit­ness hub was closed in 2001 but lo­cals have since bat­tled to save it.

Now, coun­cil­lors will de­bate this week whether to give £500,000 to Go­van­hill Com­mu­nity Baths Trust (GCBT) for the build­ing’s rede­vel­op­ment.

GCBT needs to raise £6.1mil­lion to trans­form the Ed­war­dian build­ing into a fit­ness and well­be­ing cen­tre.

It is hoped that the £500,000 from the coun­cil will un­lock fund­ing from other groups such as Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, the Scot­tish Land Fund and His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land.

Coun­cil­lor Kenny McLean, City Con­venor for Neigh­bour­hoods, Hous­ing and Pub­lic Realm, said: “A huge amount of progress has been made with the busi­ness case for Go­van­hill Baths as a long term project.

“Go­van­hill Baths Trust is now able to put for­ward a far more ro­bust pro­posal that points to­wards a sus­tain­able fu­ture for the baths.

“On this ba­sis I am very pleased that the City Gov­ern­ment is propos­ing to pro­vide the trust with sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing for the next phase of their project. I am very hope­ful this fund­ing will en­cour­age the other fun­ders the trust has been work­ing with to com­mit fully to back­ing Go­van­hill Baths.”

Pre­vi­ously GBCT had said the build­ing would close in Novem­ber and take a year to re­fur­bish, open­ing in 2018.

How­ever, a pa­per go­ing to ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee this week says Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and other fund­ing de­ci­sions are ex­pected in March 2018.

A ten­der for the works will go out in De­cem­ber 2018 and a de­ci­sion made in March 2019 be­fore work be­gins in May 2019.

Build­ing works should be com­pleted in May 2020 and the build­ing open to the pub­lic in July 2021.

Mr McLean said: “Achiev­ing the over­all fund­ing tar­get will help the trust se­cure the fab­ric of the build­ing and open up a wide range of fa­cil­i­ties at the baths, in­clud­ing two of the smaller pools.

“This is sure to en­hance the use of the fa­cil­ity and pro­vide a great boost to the health and well-be­ing of the Go­van­hill com­mu­nity.”

To find out how to in­vest in Go­van­hill Baths see: www.crowd­fun­der.co.uk/ Go­van­hill-Baths

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