Flagship Stirchley Baths project sweeps 2015 Renaissance Award

Exciting news has recently arrived at Acivico headquarters. Recent flagship project, the Stirchley Baths redevelopment has been awarded the coveted 'Renaissance Award 2015' by judges at the Birmingham Civic Society. 

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

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. 

Gavin Orton, Chairman of the Civic Society in his announcement letter said "The work that the team has carried out in restoring the former baths and bringing it back into positive, community use was very impressive.

The way that the community has been involved in the restoration as well as on going involvement is exemplary........

The building appears to be well-used by the local community and it has helped bring together various groups and organisations that would have otherwise never met. It has clearly had a hugely positive affect on the local community.

I would like to congratulate you and your team for all of the time, investment and hard work you have put in to delivering an exceptional project. Stirchley Baths embraces and celebrates it’s heritage whilst bringing the building back into vibrant use and back into the heart of the local community".

Mark Sloane, Acivico Senior Architect said; 

“It has been a great pleasure to be part of this project and without doubt the community engagement and energy behind the process has helped to make it a great success.

"As well as the unique blend of Acivico core services including design, quantity surveying and project management that we contributed, I and my colleagues have been privileged to support every aspect of the journey from beginning to end. At the outset we supported the Birmingham Property Services team in helping to secure £1.2M Heritage Lottery funding and we have attended and contributed to many community events and presentations along the way including partnership working with the Birmingham Conservation Trust, joining in social media campaigns with PodNosh as well collaborating with local contributing artists”

Karen Cheney District Head for Selly Oak District said;

"This is great recognition for a truly collaborative effort – Thank you to everyone who has supported the project over the last few years."

Read here for more information about the awards.