Arup has been appointed as part of a design team led by Hall Black Douglas Architects to take forward refurbishment of the Govanhill historic Edwardian bathhouse in Glasgow and its transformation into a community wellbeing centre.

This phase of the refurbishment will see the whole building repaired as well as reinstatement of two of three swimming pools, saunas, Turkish baths and a fitness suite.

Funding has allowed the Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) to move ahead with its plans after a 15 year fight against the council’s decision to close the building in 2001.

Alan Walsh, Chair Govanhill Baths Community Trust said: “After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths Community Trust is delighted that the local community will be swimming again in the historic Govanhill Baths. The refurbishment of the 100 year old Edwardian building into a wellbeing centre will help address the many health statistics in the area, which are some of the worst in the country. This is a good day for the local community and a good day for our beloved Govanhill Baths.”

Arup will work closely with Hall Black Douglas and Govanhill Baths Community Trust, providing structural, mechanical, electrical, and public health (SMEP) engineering services.

Alastair Coey Architects will act as conservation specialists, drawing up a conservation management plan and coordinating specification of the restoration works.

Paul Johnston, Project Director, Arup said: “Our building engineering team is thrilled to have been appointed to this project and we look forward to contributing our technical expertise to such a significant building restoration initiative for the city of Glasgow – and to working once again with Hall Black Douglas.”

Arup’s current historic buildings project portfolio in the UK includes the award-winning restoration of Birmingham’s Grand Hotel.

Work should begin early next year.

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