Go-ahead for Roundhouse plans
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.