Stirchley Baths plans

Stirchley Baths funding success

Stirchley Village-90THE former swimming baths on Bournville Lane is to be rejuvenated with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund after a bid for £1.2m funding was successful.

The funds will transform the Grade II listed former Stirchley Baths building into a new Urban Village Hall.

Selly Oak District Chair, Cllr Karen McCarthy, said: “I know that Stirchley’s community organisations will be delighted with this news. The bid had strong support from local people and groups, who will be celebrating now that we are one step closer to a multi-purpose venue suitable for all people of all generations.”

In recent weeks campaigners had put together a social media campaign that highlighted how local people wanted to see the baths brought back into being a community resource. Fiona Cullinan said the baths: “could be instrumental in the regeneration of the B30 community”

Peter Walker, Chair of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, said: “It now seems very real that the idea of a building in the heart of Stirchley that will promote community spirit and support cultural and creative activities is becoming a possibility.”

The new development will preserve historic features and include:
• Main Hall
• Equipment Stores
• Kitchen with associated storage and staff amenities.
• Staff & Visitor Toilet Facilities (Male / Female / Accessible)
• Baby Change & Feeding Provision
• Childcare “Stay & Play” (max 26 children)
• Outdoor Play Area
• Flexible Office / Meeting Room Accommodation
• Reception
• Flexible Space
• Gallery / Multi-Purpose Community Space (Gallery)
• Internet Café Area

The baths opened in 1910 and closed in 1988, since when the building has fallen into disrepair.

City Council Press Release