Images of Govanhill Baths refurbishment revealed

The ladies pool will re-open to the public following a complete refurbishment. Picture: Contributed

The ladies pool will re-open to the public following a complete refurbishment. Picture: Contributed

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ITS CLOSURE in 2001 prompted street protests and roof-top demonstrations.

But now plans have been unveiled to re-open Govanhill Baths as a community-run sports centre after eight years of fundraising by local campaigners.

Govanhill Baths was closed by Glasgow City Council in 2001 and has since been cared for by a community trust. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Govanhill Baths was closed by Glasgow City Council in 2001 and has since been cared for by a community trust. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

The imposing Edwardian building in the southside of Glasgow opened in 1909 and originally housed three pools and a washhouse.

The bathhouse was handed over to a community trust in 2008 following its closure by Glasgow City Council, which deemed it surplus to requirements.

Volunteers have since worked tirelessly to fund the Grade B-listed building’s maintenance by using it as a unique performance space.

It was the award of a Heritage Lottery grant last year that kick-started long-held plans to welcome back swimmers.

The planned foyer of the refurbished Govanhill Baths. Picture: Contributed

The planned foyer of the refurbished Govanhill Baths. Picture: Contributed

The building will now close in September to allow the former ladies pool - the second largest of the three - to be fully renovated.

A new gym and a community garden will also be built, with the aim of opening to the public in 2018.

The main pool will remain as a live venue in the short-term to allow more fundraising to pay for its eventual refurbishment.

Katie Gallogly-Swan, outreach officer at the Govanhill Baths Community Trust, said: “Since we got back into the building in 2008, more than 70,000 people have come through the doors. More than 750 people have taken part in workshops. More than 300 have volunteered. People want to see it brought back to life again.

One of the former pools will be converted into a gym. Picture: Contributed

One of the former pools will be converted into a gym. Picture: Contributed

“It’s a derelict building, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a heartbeat.”

Glasgow City Council’s decision to close the baths in 2001 prompted a public outcry.

Despite a spirited campaign, the local authority said the building was too costly to refurbish.

Campaigners occupied the premises for several months before it was eventually closed.

The baths are in one of the most deprived inner-city areas of Glasgow. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

The baths are in one of the most deprived inner-city areas of Glasgow. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

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