Plans to transform derelict Glasgow park changing rooms into community hub

The plans for the changing rooms. Pic: South Seeds.The plans for the changing rooms. Pic: South Seeds.
The plans for the changing rooms. Pic: South Seeds. | South Seeds
Glaswegians are being consulted over plans to transform a park’s derelict changing rooms into a community hub.

The old changing rooms in Queen’s Park Recreation Ground have been vacant for almost two decades - but that could be about to change thanks to local environmental group, South Seeds.

What: The organisation - which has been given permission by the council to refurbish and reopen the space - wants to turn the building into a hub for people living in the local area.

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What work needs to be carried out: John Gilbert Architects carried out a survey of the building and found that the middle part of the building is unsafe and would need to be demolished. It is hoped the materials from this section could be retained and reused where possible. The survey also found that electricity is still running to the building.

Why: Lucy Gillie, manager at South Seeds, said: “It’s a disused, vacant bit of building. It’s an eyesore and we have a lot of demand for our services. We need space and want to transform it. We want to create something that the community will use.”

What will it be used for: The space is already being used at the moment. It has been made more safe and new raised beds have been installed for running gardening sessions. Ideas for the future have included Tai Chi sessions, power tool workshops and a tool library.

Lucy added: “We want to know what the community wants there. A lot of people want keep fit sessions, an opportunity to learn at workshops. We could also create a space that is covered, but outside and safe and weather-proof.”

Survey: To take part in the online survey, click HERE.

Public consultations: Consultations are also being held at the changing rooms on August 14 and 21, from 10am-noon. The group’s AGM will also be held on the 21st.

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