Here are two documents that formed part of the successful application to the heritage Lottery Fund.
The first is the Interpretation Proposal, which shows plans for how the history that relates to the building might be shared when the work is done. It starts by telling us the aim is to:
“… take a light-touch approach to in situ interpretation materials. Stirchley Baths has many stories to tell and to a considerable extent the building will speak for itself. Our aim is to provide interpretation materials that will enhance or further illustrate these stories, or will lead users of the building to stories that they may not have been aware of. We will aim to provoke interest and enquiry, and also point the way to where the curious may discover more. We will do this mainly through the use of photographs and enlarged facsimiles of original documents, with little or no explanatory text.”
Mark Sloane from Acivico drew up the plans for the community hub at Stirchley Baths following community consultation and involvement.
The plans (which were approved by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee in March) were a real challenge – how to preserve the building’s historical features while making sure the building is fit for its new purpose in the 21st century?
Mark talks about how the swimming pool – although boarded over for the main hall of the community hub – will still be a central feature, as will lots of other features. For example, the reception kiosk, where people would have paid to swim or to take a bath, will be maintained and restored.
As well as conserving the building’s heritage, Mark says the plans also incorporate elements from the original plan for the Baths that were drawn up in the 1900s. A second cupola, much taller than the one that stands at the entrance to the building, was lost at some point in the building’s history, as was a clock. Both will be recreated as part of the community hub project. And both would never have been discovered if it wasn’t for the original, century-old plans (which we hope to get on to the site for you to have a look at very soon).
Displayed above is a copy of the Final Planning Submission of the proposed Site Plan for the Stirchley Baths Project, this along with the proposed Ground Plan pictured below is scheduled to go to Planning Committee on March 7th March 21st.
You can download and view PDFs of the plans below.