Moseley Road Baths Action Group – restoring Moseley Road Baths
Moseley Road Baths Action Group have developed new and sustainable ways to keep the Grade II listed baths open for future generations.
The Moseley Road Baths Action Group (MRBAG) aim to secure the Moseley Road Baths (an Edwardian swimming pool that is Grade II* listed) for swimming, heritage and community use.
The baths, which are in a state of disrepair, are currently owned and managed by Birmingham City Council (BCC). The baths were scheduled for closure in June 2017, but a pause has been achieved as a result of action taken by the group.
The building is unique as it is the only publicly owned Edwardian swimming pool that still provides swimming in England. Swimming uses will be for a mixture of customers, such as: the general public, swimming clubs, other aqua sports clubs, and schools. The remaining building space has a range of potential uses, for example: gym, café, filming, sports activities, parties, leisure such as bowling, etc. which need to be further explored and market tested. It is envisaged that creating the right mix of activities in the remainder of the building will cover the running costs of the building and subsidise the swimming activity.
Through the Bright Ideas Fund, the organisation has built a very impressive partnership, which includes national players such as the National Trust and the Princes Regeneration Trust in addition to many local organisations and community groups/stakeholders. All these organisations are putting time and resource into ensuring that the council keeps the swimming facility open for a further nine months to allow the group sufficient time to develop their operational capacity to run the facility in the future.
They have joined the Historic Pools network and appointed a swimming operations development consultant, who has been revising financial plans, meeting key contacts, looking at training and volunteering development options and identifying new pool users. They have also appointed a fundraiser to explore additional funding options and are drafting a funding strategy.Find out more about the Bright Ideas Fund