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You may be wondering what is happening inside our beloved building at 99 Calder Street. Here is an update, We have answered the most common questions we get asked when people pop into our office for a chat. To find out more, feel free to contact us using the details at the bottom of the page. We are also inviting you to tell us what activities you would like to take part in when the building reopens! Please complete our very short survey (click to view the survey). As a thank you, you can win one of five free copies of our book Loved and Lost – a journey through the ever-changing landscape of Govanhill. Just remember to include your email address at the end of the survey to enter the prize draw.*

When will you open?

We’re eager to open as soon as we possibly can in 2024, but at this stage we can’t say for certain, so it may take longer.

Why the delay?

We have been hit with delays due to the pandemic, Brexit, and the war in Ukraine, all of which have affected staffing and the availability of materials. This has also resulted in a significant spike in construction inflation. All capital projects nationwide are experiencing rising costs and delays at the moment, and we are no exception. On top of that, refurbishing an old building takes a lot of time and money. And a building that has been derelict for 20 years, following several decades of ad hoc repairs by many different people, has a lot of surprises!

Will you have swimming classes?

Absolutely! We’ll have classes for all ages with two pools: the 15 x 8 metre former Ladies Pool, and the 7 x 3 metre Learners Pool.

Will you have women-only nights?

Yes, this is something we know the community really wants. We’ll have women-only swimming and wellbeing nights, as well as women-only exercise classes. We’re also hoping to offer swimming sessions and exercise classes for the LGBTQI+ community, which are a rarity in Glasgow.

Will there be a sauna and steam room?

Yes! The sauna and steam room will be part of our wonderful Turkish Suite.

What exactly will be in the building?

In addition to the two swimming pools, we’ll have a gym, a sauna and steam room, community kitchen and café, yoga and dance studio, our People’s Pantry, archive, our wellbeing programme, bookable spaces, events space, and much more!

What activities will you deliver?

We’ll have loads of different activities on offer, and these will have been chosen by you! From water aerobics to breastfeeding support and self-defence and more. Let us know using the survey opposite what you’d like to take part in! We will be releasing our programme later this year.

Will there be rooms available for hire?

We will have a range of rooms for hire, with subsidised rates for local community groups. For more information about room hire, please contact

How much will it cost to use?

We want to make sure that our building is affordable and accessible for everyone. So we will have a range of different ways to use it. You will be able to buy a membership to use the gym and swimming pools or there will be the option to pay-as-you-go. We are aiming to have discount schemes including some free access so everyone who needs the facilities will be able to use them. We will keep costs at least as affordable as those provided by Glasgow Life.

How can I find out more?

To find out more, you can visit our website at
You can also call us on 0141 433 2999 or send an email to