There were plenty of happy faces at the Stirchley Community Hub – Programming Sub Group meeting last night. They’d all heard the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to grant the final £1.2 million needed for the work to go ahead.
The thumbs up in the picture if not just the photographer being corny – echoes part of the campaign to show the HLF how strong community support was for the plan to find a fresh use for the derelict building.
Here are some rough notes from the conversation at the meeting:
The meeting started with the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to grant the final £1.2 million to allow the project to go ahead. As one person put it… “that’s the easy bit done”!
- £1.178 million from Heritage Lottery Fund just over £1 million of that is capital contribution towards the building, £133k is for work on the development work around heritage of the baths and the neighbourhood.- heritage development officer and activity plan for 3 yrs
- £3 million capital receipt (Tesco )
- £9k BCC corporate resources
- £15k BCC working for the future – for the self-check in kiosk for advice and information service
Timescale or what next…
Officers have to write a cabinet report and a final business case (already at the draft stage) for Birmingham City Council Cabinet to give the appropriate approvals required for the bid and approval to accept the money. The aim is to get that to either the November or December cabinet meeting – because there’s a lot to be considered in the next two months across the whole council.
The Build: Once Cabinet has given sign off the formal order can be placed with Acivico and Mansell Balfour Beatty as the contractor (this has already been agreed as part of BCC’s Construction west mids contractor agreement)
All Committee Reports have a ‘call in’ period of two weeks after approval.
Expecting then to start on site at the beginning of January – all going well it’s a 12 month build. Aim is to finish Dec 2014 – opening January 2015.
Heritage Lottery revenue of £133k: To develop – over three years – the Heritage aspects of the project.
- Part time heritage officer – over 3 years. Likely to be a commission. (advertised after cabinet has approved).
- Development fund money for heritage related activities.
- A small amount for an evaluation of the heritage work.
The Lifford Business Association are aiming to create a Business Improvement District for Stirchley, Cotteridge, Bournville and Kings Norton with the team working to support local business based out of the Stirchley Baths – using the hub for the town centre manager and their support. They want to help regenerate Stirchley and the other centres. there will be an outline bid fo the BIDF soon and they’ll be looking for feedback and support for what is known as the Pershore Rd Corridor.
Discussion broadened to anticipating issues and making the most of the time before the building opened…
- How will we use the building – what does it look like inside – how can we involve more people.
- Visualising a life in the month of this centre to help clarify what will be needed in detail.
- How daunting or otherwise can community asset transfer be?
- Is this an asset protected for public good? – yes by the agreement with the heritage Lottery Fund.
- Possibilities of coordinating voluntary work with other organsiations – even seeking additional money.
- Look at case studies of elsewhere – if you started again what would you do differently?
- Are the building plans on the website set in stone? Yes – but all the rooms are intended to be as multi-purpose as possible.
- Opening and closing times are already linked to the planning application.
– Is there other income for the running of the centre – at the moment there is money that relates to running the current Stirchley Community centre. The City Council and therefore the District though is expecting budget cuts of 25%