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Stirchley Baths wins £1.2m grant for revamp

Stirchley Baths
Image caption The redevelopment will see the pool turned into a community hall, cafe and exhibition space

Former swimming baths in Birmingham are to be redeveloped thanks to a £1.2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Stirchley Baths, which first opened in 1911, have lain empty since the building closed in 1988.

Two years ago a plan was devised to turn the building into a community centre.

The lottery grant means that will now go ahead, removing the pool and converting the grade II listed building into an "urban village hall".

Councillor Karen McCarthy, district chairwoman for Selly Oak, said it was "brilliant news" and would see architectural features restored.

The new centre is expected to include a multipurpose hall as well as a gallery area, meeting rooms, a cafe, and classrooms.

The building currently includes a 75ft (22m) pool with a spectator gallery, changing rooms, laundry room and a small steam room.

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