Roundhouse Birmingham

Roundhouse Birmingham and moored barge

The Roundhouse was built in 1874 and was originally stables and stores for the Birmingham Corporation. Designed by local architect W.H. Ward, the horseshoe shaped building quickly became a real landmark in the city.

Working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, and with development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, plans have been drawn up to revitalise and restore the Grade II* listed building, offering a base from which to explore Birmingham's canal network, a cycle hire and repair workshop and a shared working space for conservation organisations.

We hope to begin work later this year. Until then local people and visitors to the city will have the chance to explore the Roundhouse through a variety of events. See the panel below for more information.

Roundhouse Birmingham and moored barge

A hidden gem at the heart of the canal network

The unique style and shape of Roundhouse Birmingham was the result of a design competition organised by the Birmingham Corporation. It was won by famed local architect WH Ward, and in 1874 was completed as stabling for some of the many horses which worked the canals. Its distinctive horseshoe shape was immediately popular.