Govanhill, although disadvantaged, has a great European quality to the built environment with a very cosmopolitan community. The baths were closed and marked down for demolition until a local action group occupied and successfully overturned these plans.
Through extensive community consultation, NORD have developed a design that restores the three pools and Turkish baths, adding a gym, cafe and nursery amongst other accommodation in order to provide a focus for the community. NORD have worked closely with ESRU from the University of Strathclyde on studying the potential for heat recovery from the pools and its reuse to heat other areas.
A first of three proposed phases has begun on site which will open the building to the public for the first time in ten years. These works will with minimal intervention allow for public workshops, training, accredited learning, exhibitions and a variety of other community uses whilst helping to arrest the ongoing deterioration of the building.
Gillian Hayes has produced a photographic essay of the baths as a record of its current condition. A selection of these images are shown here.