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Birmingham Conservation Trust assist in the bid for £5m to restore Moseley Road Baths

Posted June 12th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with 3 Comments

The spectacular Moseley Road Baths, in Balsall Heath, is a building of national importance. It is the oldest of only three Grade II* Listed swimming pools currently operating in Britain (there are only seven national examples!). Built in 1907 it contains rare and unique features including:

  • The only complete set of pre-war private ‘slipper’ baths
  • Possibly the only surviving steam-heated drying racks in a British swimming baths
  • Upper storey balconettes in its three-sided spectator gallery.

In October 2004 the entire building was temporarily closed for £1m emergency repair works. Pool 2 re-opened in October 2005, however Pool 1 remains closed. The baths were closed again for 15 months from December 2010 for more urgent repairs but Pool 2 is now open again for bathing. The building is currently on English Heritage’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.

 

Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath

Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath

There is considerable public support to keep the baths open and operating.  Friends of Mosley Road Baths have been campaigning for a number of years and have had a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid to capture the social history of the baths.  Now Birmingham City Council has set aside £3m to be used as match funding for a major £8m Heritage Lottery Fund bid to tackle the external repairs and improvements to Pool 2, – which is fantastic news. This is seen as Phase One of an even bigger project to complete the full restoration of the baths.

Working alongside the Constituency team, Acivico and conservation architects Rodney Melville’s and Partners, Birmingham Conservation Trust has been commissioned to work on the long term plans and activities for the first stage Heritage Lottery Bid, due for submission later in 2012.  We have already spoken to some key players but we hope to hear a lot more from you in the coming months!

For more images, a virtual tour of the Baths and details of the Friends of Moseley Baths’s current oral history project visit http://www.friendsofmrb.co.uk

Have you got something to say about the baths? Get in touch!

3 Responses to “Birmingham Conservation Trust assist in the bid for £5m to restore Moseley Road Baths”

  1. Important survey on Heritage projects at MRB August 24, 2012

    […] Conservation Trust have been commissioned by Birmingham City Council to find out what Heritage activities the local community would like to […]

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  2. Calling all residents, swimmers and families living near Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath « Birmingham Conservation Trust August 20, 2012

    […] mentioned in a previous blog post, BCT are assisting Birmingham City Council in securing Heritage Lottery Funding for a first phase […]

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  3. HLF bid underway! June 16, 2012

    […] The good folk over at Birmingham Conservation Trust have been working hard to draw together ideas for activities that can be included in Birmingham City Council’s £5million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for Phase 1 of the restoration.  The HLF are keen for any work to involve the wider community, so that we can all share in the heritage of this neighbourhood gem.  We met with members of BCT at our last committee meeting and it’s clear that there’s loads of potential if the political will is there to put in a solid bid.  You can read more about the bid and how you can contribute your own ideas by contacting BCT directly and reading more about the bid on their site. […]

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