Moseley Road Baths CIO is not alone in its efforts to save the pool. A coalition of organisations was formed in 2017, led by the National Trust, to support Birmingham City Council in securing the future of Moseley Road Baths as both a building and a functioning pool. Members are National Trust, Historic England, World Monuments Fund, the Friends of MRB, MRBCIO and a social entrepreneurship organisation called Civic.
With the building in such poor condition, Moseley Road Baths CIO would not have made it through the year without the strength of this partnership.
Together, the focus is on:
- keeping the pool open for swimming
- building ‘triage’ (urgent attention to make it watertight and stop deterioration)
- communications, and
- securing the longer-term future of the Baths.
Historic England kicked off the partnership with a grant for the restoration of the Gala Pool roof, which is now under way, while the World Monuments Fund and National Trust have also made significant contributions of time and money to cover some of the practical and planning tasks involved. Other activities over the year have included a building condition survey, a spatial feasibility study, (including business analysis), and a maintenance plan to gradually protect and improve the building fabric. Coalition partners meet regularly to progress these plans and are now exploring governance arrangements and future funding.
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