The long-awaited refurbishment of Govanhill Baths has officially begun, almost twenty years to the day that the building was first occupied by the community in an attempt to prevent it from closing in 2001. See below a statement from Govanhill Baths Community Trust’s Chair, Alex Wilde:

We are delighted that ownership of the Govanhill Baths was passed into community hands last week, almost 20 years to the day since protesters first occupied the building on March 21st 2001 in an attempt to prevent it from closing.

Twenty years of determination and hard work later, and Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust, which is managing the refurbishment, finally has the money in place to begin. Clark Contracts have been appointed and excitingly work has already started.

Jean Adair, Govanhill Local resident, who was at the centre of the occupation in 2001 and has been part of the campaign since then, posed with the keys, alongside the contractors. Jean said: “Govanhill came together to save its pool, and Govanhill won – we got our Baths back!”

Govanhill Baths Community Trust would like to thank all of the funders and backers who have generously supported the project, including: the Scottish Government, National Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery Communities Fund, Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Sportscotland, The Robertson Trust, William Grant Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation and the Architectural Heritage Trust.

More information on the refurbishment can be found here.