Our spaces

We are based at The Deep End, a community arts venue run by Govanhill Baths, at 21 Nithsdale Street. Here we run our three spaces, the woodwork workshop, a plastic reuse and recycling hub and a sewing studio. Here we run both public, and funded sessions for local community.

We also hire out our workshops and offer weekly bench rentals in our Woodwork workshop. Find out more about bench rentals here.

Textile Workshop

Wood Workshop

Plastics Recycling Hub

Machines

We have a suite of machines from Precious Plastics designs: an extruder, a compression oven and a compression mould machine.Our pride and joy is our ‘new’ granulator: a 1998 Rapid Maskin AB granulator. It grinds up whatever plastic we put in (so far HDPE and PLA) and will save hundreds of hours of labour compared to our smaller shredder.With our extruder we can make square and round beams from various kinds of plastic, up to 2 metres long and a large enough diameter to use in some light duty construction of furniture, objects, small structures, and whatever else we can think of. We are keen to develop new and exciting products with our extruder, and to include the community in our progress.

Our manual compression machine is capable of pressing heated plastic into a mould. We have one mould about the size of a mini drinks coaster, but we are experimenting with new moulds so we have more variety in our capabilities.

The compression oven is basically a small oven with a contraption beneath it that squeezes the heated plastic using a scissor-style automotive jack adapted for use with the machine. We are developing various products with this machine, mostly flat, tray shaped items, but we continue to experiment with various shapes and sizes.

What are we making?

We specialise in working with repurposed textiles, wood and plastic. You can find some of our wares on the Rags to Riches online shop or by taking a walk around Govanhill and the surrounding areas with a keen eye out for our community builds, planters and art installations. Take a look at what we’ve been up to below!

Interested in our work? Get in touch with us at either uphub@govanhillbaths.com or ragstoriches@govanhillbaths.com.

A project by:

The UpHub and Climate Challenge Fund

The UpHub was awarded a total of £185, 404 by the Climate Challenge Fund. Find out more about the Fund here.