A community group has been awarded a £1.2million lottery grant to revive much-loved Govanhill Baths in Glasgow following an application by The Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT).
The Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) has been awarded £1.2million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards the first phase of the redevelopment of the baths, a former municipal swimming pool in a deprived area of Glasgow.
PRT wrote the application, developed the outline business plan and assembled the key strategic partners for the project.
We are project managing the refurbishment of the Category B listed Edwardian building, which closed in 2001.
Since then, GBCT has been campaigning to rejuvenate the Baths as a wellbeing centre, incorporating swimming pools and community facilities.
The HLF has awarded a first round pass for a grant of £1.2m to restore Govanhill Baths. The ladies’ pool, learners’ pool and a Turkish suite will be re-opened, while the former public washhouse, or 'steamie', will be turned into a theatre venue and community events and arts space.
Ros Kerslake, PRT Chief Executive, said: "This is fantastic news for everyone who supports the revival of Govanhill Baths.
"We are very proud of the important role that PRT played in securing this vital HLF funding.
"Govanhill Baths has long been an important social asset for the people of Glasgow. With this funding in place, the refurbishment of this wonderful building can begin and it can once again play a key role improving the lives of local people."