Go-ahead for Round­house plans

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BIRM­ING­HAM’S RE­MARK­ABLE CANALSIDE Round­house build­ing, cre­ated in 1874 for use as canal sta­bles and stores, is to be re­stored and trans­formed into an ac­tiv­ity and en­ter­prise hub, thanks to plan­ning ap­proval granted by the City Coun­cil.

Ac­tu­ally built in the shape of a horse­shoe rather than a com­plete cir­cle, the Grade II* build­ing backs onto the Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions main line not far from Old Turn Junc­tion and the mod­ern Brind­ley­place de­vel­op­ment. The £ 2.9m Lot­tery-funded joint project by the Canal & River Trust and the Na­tional Trust aims to make it a gate­way for peo­ple to ex­plore the city’s her­itage by boat, foot and bike, in­clud­ing pro­vi­sion of a cy­cle hire and re­pair work­shop, vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and a shared work­ing space for con­ser­va­tion groups. Now in the plan­ning stage, the Round­house could be open for busi­ness in 2018.

CRT’s Stuart Mills said the “fan­tas­tic build­ing” would be­come “an im­por­tant part in the re­gen­er­a­tion of Birm­ing­ham’s water­side”, while the NT’s Lizzie Hatch­man added that “safe­guard­ing the places that have shaped the char­ac­ter and land­scape” of the city re­ally mat­tered, given the threat from bud­get cuts and hous­ing pres­sure to lo­cal his­toric build­ings.

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