Historic baths reborn as community hub

Standing Up For Birmingham

A £3.3 million project to transform the historic Stirchley Baths into a community hub for South Birmingham residents is almost finished – with the grand opening planned for the autumn.

The derelict Grade II-listed building, built in 1910, has been closed to the public since 1988, but will re-emerge with a host of new facilities including a multi-purpose hall for sport, recreational activities and functions, meeting rooms, café, cinema room and classrooms.

Money for the renovation and refurbishment – which is preserving and reinstating many original features – has come from the sale of the former Stirchley Community Centre and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Stirchley has a number of active local groups who will benefit from the new hub – with arts and crafts, heritage initiatives, film nights and outreach work already pencilled in.

Local people have been involved throughout the building work through site visits, volunteering opportunities, online blog…

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