Acivico Stirchley Baths project dives into the final of two prestigious construction competitions

Exciting news has recently arrived at Acivico headquarters. Our recent flagship project, the Stirchley Baths redevelopment is in the running for two prestigious awards.

Karen Cheney, District Head for Selly Oak and Hall Green for Birmingham City Council, Mark Sloane, Acivico Architect and Kate Andrews, Community Heritage Development Manager gave tours to respective judges of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) & Birmingham Civic Society, in early March.    

And the hard work of the cross organisational team has reaped rewards as the project has succeeding in reaching the final in two prestigious competitions.






The first is the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) regional awards which showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in construction and the environment. The project has been short-listed in not one, but two of the 8 categories;  ‘Building Conservation’ and ‘Community Benefit’.  Winners will be announced at a glittering award ceremony on 20th May at Villa park in Birmingham and should the team be successful, their nomination will progress to the national awards later in the year.

Next up is the Birmingham Civic Society’s Renaissance Award 2015. The Civic Society present awards to successful conservation projects completed in the City in 2015, be it the restoration of a derelict building, park or structure or the conversion of a redundant and neglected building. The successful nominations will be announced In April.  

The Stirchley Baths development saw the Grade II Listed Edwardian swimming baths saved and restored as a new community hub, completed in November 2015 the building was officially opened to local acclaim on the 14th January 2016 and is going from strength to strength with local community support.

The former swimming baths, originally built in 1911 were refurbished for Birmingham City Council to provide a range of modern community spaces – the largest being positioned inside what was the actual swimming pool itself.  

Acivico contributed significantly to this high profile project by supplying architecture, quantity surveying, project management, building regulations advice, construction design management services and clerk of works with various team members additionally supporting with the securing of Heritage Lottery Funding. 

Team Acivico is proud of its contribution to this great scheme in support of the preservation of a much loved local historic building and for the legacy it leaves for the citizens of Birmingham as a useful and much valued community space.

We’re keeping everything crossed for two big winner announcements this Spring. 


Photographs by Ivan Jones