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Report - Moseley Road Swimming Baths - Birmingham - August 2015

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by RichPDG, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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    The History:
    Moseley Road Baths were used as a makeshift hospital in the early years of World War II. An additional entrance was created to facilitate this purpose, which was subsequently used as an emergency exit from Pool 2. By the end of 2010 a steel beam used to support the wall and roof above it had become severely corroded, leading to the pool's closure as this part of the building was in danger of collapse.

    The baths, also run by Birmingham City Council, reopened following extensive structural work during 2005. They stand opposite the College of Art and were given Grade II listed status as a single entity in 1982, upgraded to Grade II* listed status in 2004 by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

    In November 2006 a 'Friends of Moseley Road Baths' group was formed to campaign for the long-term future of the building as a fully functioning swimming facility. Since their formation various community events and fundraisers have been held, including the Centenary celebration on 30 October 2007 which was attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and swimmers past and present. In 2010 the Friends' were awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund 'Your Heritage' grant of £48,000 to document the building's history and to interview former and current users of the building. Some aspects of the project are now online.

    The building reopened in April 2012 after 16 months of structural work on the Fire Exit of Pool 2, asbestos removal from the basement and extensive cleaning and painting. Pool 2 is currently open for swimming but Pool 1 (also known as the Gala Pool) has been mothballed since September 2003. The Second Class slipper baths were in continual use until October 2004, but have since closed.

    Birmingham City Council are submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012 for £5 million towards essential repairs to the roof and to the Gala Pool. The Council will provide £3 million match funding. This work is 'Phase 1' and will make the building structurally sound. It is hoped that a 'Phase 2' could bring other parts of the building back into public use. As part of the bid, Birmingham Conservation Trust have been commissioned to conduct an extensive consultation exercise with the public. This includes generating ideas for community outreach work which will celebrate the heritage of the building.

    The Explore:
    Whilst in Birmingham, I thought I'd take a look and see if the swimming baths would be open to take a few photographs of and although the cleaners were there and explained they were currently closed for the day, they didn't seem to mind letting me in for 10 mins or so to take some pics.

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  2. The Queen

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    Really nice, that- Thanks for sharing :thumb
     
  3. WelshMoocher

    WelshMoocher Hello Dave!
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    Awesome mooch, great pictures! Surely a place in this good condition could be brought back to life?
     
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    Awesome looking place and well shot. A great share :thumb
     
  5. weezdeez

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    Bravo! Great pics. Cheers :)
     
  6. Kosciuszko

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    This place is currently being renovated folks.
    Makes a change, as buildings like this are usually demolished and replaced with a Tesco!
     
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  7. dweeb

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    Urm... I don't think so! The second class pool is currently still in use but the whole lot is due to close in the very near future despite locals campaigning to save it

    http://www.friendsofmrb.co.uk/
     
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  8. Kosciuszko

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    Dweeb,
    My bad, I had this confused with Stirchley swimming baths! Do u know anyone who has been in or is planning on going back by any chance?
     
  9. dweeb

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    To Stirchley?

    Its virtually converted now...
     
  10. merryprankster

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    basically when the sparkhill leisure centre development is finished this time next year is when the moseley baths will close completely.
     
  11. merryprankster

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  12. prawnstar

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    super nice, looks in good nick. keep up the good work :D
     
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