Govanhill Baths Community Trust‘s goal is to re-open the Govanhill Baths as a Wellbeing Centre and at the same time contribute to the wider social, cultural and built regeneration of Govanhill as a community through a range of activities.

GBCT wants the Baths to be a place of inspiration and comfort, of relaxation and integration, and of fairness and team-working. The refurbishment of the building should meet all of these goals, while providing a clear welcome to all members of Govanhill’s community.


GBCT is a grass roots charitable organisation, set up in 2001 in response to the closure of the much-loved Calder Street Baths by Glasgow City Council. We believe that we showcase what can be achieved through community participation.

GBCT comprises a management Board of 12 people, a staff of 6, over 750 volunteers, and more than 1,000 members. Over 1,500 residents (10% of the population) took part in community consultation, and approximately 18,000 people come through the doors each year.

GBCT is known and respected as being the community-leading organisation in Govanhill and the most inspiring example of community empowerment in Scotland. Its history in leading the original sit-in protest, the longest occupation of a civic building in UK history, at the closure of Baths still carries a great deal of resonance in the local community.


The Baths are an important hub, not just for wellbeing but as a resource for a wide range of people, charitable organisations and community groups. The current programmes help to show GBCT’s determination to create opportunities for local residents, despite an inhospitable environment. With a refurbished building where all spaces were dry, warm and safe, GBCT would be able to vastly increase its events programme, and the positive outcomes it creates.

Our Grade B listed Edwardian building is now a rarity, as Historic Scotland notes: “In 2001 when Govanhill Baths closed, they were the only original, substantially unaltered public baths in the city still in use, making them a rare and important survival. Edinburgh City Council still operates five of its remaining traditional public baths and Dundee has one, whereas Glasgow has closed all of its examples.” Since closure, that historic fabric has been threatened by poor maintenance, making its survival all the more important to protect.


Our project will conserve Glasgow’s best-loved and most complete Edwardian municipal bath house and steamie. The Baths will be returned to their original function and the project will restore the Baths much-missed role as the centre of community life in Govanhill.

The project team has completed all necessary work to RIBA 3, including a business plan, heritage interpretation plan and community engagement plan. This appointment is for RIBA 4-7.

This project will include:

  • capital works for the conservation of the external envelope (to ensure it is wind and watertight):

  • the refurbishment of the front suite of office and community accommodation;

  • the refurbishment of the learners’ pool and ladies pool;

  • a gymnasium;

  • new community facilities including a kitchen and the conversion of the Steamie as a community and arts space as Meanwhile Use.


It is the role of the Capital Project Manager to ensure successful delivery of the above refurbishment and new build programme. This will involve managing the Design Team and other external consultants, developing partnerships with local organisations, and working closely with programming and operational staff to ensure that the capital works are capable of underpinning the delivery of a sustainable programme and business model for Govanhill Baths.

The Project Director will be employed by Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust, which is a single-use BPT set up specifically for the delivery of this project. The Director will be answerable to the Board, but will also report on the project to a Steering Group comprised of representatives of both the BPT and Govanhill Baths Community Trust.

The Director will support the work of the Learning and Outreach Officer, who will deliver the Activity Plan and the Heritage Interpretation Plan over the life of the capital works programme. The Learning and Outreach Officer is already employed by GBCT, and will be seconded to the CBS for the duration of the capital works.

The Director will be supported in their first three months by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust’s Project Manager, who has managed the capital works phase to date. This is to ensure sufficient crossover of information and learning.

The contract is for a two year term, with the possibility to extend, on the basis of a 30 hour per week contract.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

To take the lead role on behalf of the client in all aspects of the delivery of the Govanhill Baths capital project

To take overall responsibility for ensuring that the client’s design, technical, business planning, functional and operational requirements and ambitions of the project are fully realised through the design, tendering and construction process and that the project is delivered safely, on programme and within budget

To manage the activities of the design team

To ensure effective communication between all levels of the project’s technical, operational and creative teams and associated consultants

To oversee and approve construction budgets, programme milestones, and approve all change and cost control procedures.

To ensure that satisfactory reporting structures are in place and observed in relation to the board of directors, funders and other stakeholders and authorities

To ensure that all statutory requirements and relevant safety standards are met, statutory permissions are in place and relevant conditions are discharged

To engage as required with the community and other potential users of the site, host site visits and make public presentations/lectures about the project

Be at the project site for a minimum of 15hours per week



Minimum of 10 years’ experience in managing capital projects

Ability to apply strategic thinking within operational environments

Strong leadership skills and excellent communication and networking skills

Excellent organisational, project management and report writing skills

Experience of project scheduling and delivering to deadlines

Experience of procurement and planning legislation


Experience of significant and complex design/construction projects including building conservation/listed buildings

Experience of working in a cultural environment

Knowledge and experience of achieving community benefits through capital projects


Circa £50,000 per annum dependent on experience, based on 30 hours per week pro-rata. Applicant must be self employed and have a UTR.

Start date to be negotiated- expected to be in post mid June 2018.


Please provide a summary of your experience and qualifications, making sure to address the key responsibilities and person specification listed above. This should be on no more than two sides of A4, 12point Arial. Please also provide details of two referees. One of whom should be a current/recent employer.

Applications should be sent electronically to

Deadline for applications is 5pm 15th of June 2018


Interviews are scheduled for Friday 22nd of June 2018 at Govanhill Baths.

Shortlisted candidates will notified by 5pm June 18th 2018.

Further information on Govanhill Baths is available at:

This project is funded by the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, BIG Lottery, Historic Environment Scotland, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Land Fund, the Robertson Trust, Garfield Weston and the Pilgrim Trust.