Housebuilder helps preserve Glasgow “architectural gem”

A much-loved Glasgow building has been boosted by a donation of £1,000 from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund.

The Govanhill Baths Community Trust has worked for the past 17 years to save the Baths. The aim is to transform the building into a community hub featuring health and wellbeing initiatives, physical and sporting activities and arts and craft events.

The local community has strived to preserve the building through its Community Shares Campaign and Community Benefit Society. The funding boost will allow the Trust to increase its part-time staff and also go towards travel and volunteer costs.

The Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Building Communities Fund is open to applications from charities, community groups and other organisations operating within a five-mile radius of any Mactaggart & Mickel Homes development under construction.  Applications are assessed and awarded by a cross-section of Mactaggart & Mickel employees.

Joanne Casey, director at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes said, “As an architectural gem, a vibrant community hub and an important piece of Glasgow history, we are very happy to be contributing towards the revival of Govanhill Community Baths, as well as the vital services and facilities the Trust provides to the local community. Regeneration and adaptation in the face of change is a key part of Mactaggart & Mickel’s own history, which makes this cause particularly meaningful.”

Trust manager Fatima Uygun added, “’Govanhill Baths Community Trust is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £1,000 from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes. It will make a huge difference to supporting our volunteers and helping us to start work on reopening our Baths as a Wellbeing Centre in 2018.”