Birmingham’s Edwardian baths face closure after £30 million repairs estimate
One of England’s most endangered Edwardian buildings, Birmingham’s Moseley Road Baths, is likely to be shut down after repair costs were estimated at £30 million.
The baths, designed by local architect William Hale and Son in 1907, were placed on the Victorian Society’s ‘10 most endangered Edwardian buildings in England and Wales’ list after an inspection report revealed the amount of restoration work.
The £300,000 report, by Birmingham City Council, was commissioned to size up the building’s chances of winning Heritage Lottery funding to bring it up to modern standards.
The report claims it would cost anywhere between £17 million and £30 million to restore the building to how it was when it was completed in 1907.
However, local councillor Martin Mullaney, chairman of the Moseley Road Baths Working Party said he is being kept in the dark over where this money would be spent.
Speaking to the Birmingham Post, councillor Mullaney said: ‘I used to go to regular meetings with the consultants but they stopped inviting me.
‘The big cost is for additional modern facilities, modern changing rooms, disabled access and a power plant. But what we haven’t been told is how much it would cost to restore the building to how it was in 1907 when the baths opened.’