THE Canal & River Trust and National Trust have had their plans to restore the Grade II* listed Roundhouse in Birmingham and transform it into an activity and enterprise hub approved by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee.
Due to start next year, the project was unanimously supported by the planning committee and will create a gateway for people to explore Birmingham’s fantastic natural and built heritage by foot, bike and boat.
As well as offering a base from which to explore the canal network, the project, which has secured development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, also includes the provision for a cycle hire and repair workshop, volunteering opportunities and a shared working space for conservation organisations.
Built in 1874 by the Birmingham Corporation the Roundhouse was originally used as stables and stores. Designed by local architect W.H. Ward the horseshoe shaped building is a rare and beautiful Birmingham landmark.
Stuart Mills, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Roundhouse is a fantastic building right in the heart of Birmingham and we are delighted to have this opportunity to bring it back to life. Once restored the building will become an important part of the regeneration of Birmingham’s waterside whilst also maintaining the building’s character and historic value.”