A new destination for Birmingham
Thanks to National Lottery players, the National Trust and the Canal & River Trust are about to reimagine an extraordinary historic building in the heart of Birmingham.
Tucked next to the Birmingham New Main Line Canal, the Roundhouse is a horseshoe-shaped building, constructed in 1874. It was designed by architect WH Ward as stables and stores, serving as the base for the City’s lamplighters and the horses of the Public Works department.
Unlike most of the neighbouring Victorian architecture, this curious building survived the centuries and in 1976 was given a Grade II* listing due to its historic importance. But by the early 2000s, it had begun to fall into disrepair. Now, thanks to a partnership between the Canal & River Trust and the National Trust, a £2.5m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant and funding from Historic England the Roundhouse is being revived.
In 2020 the Roundhouse will open to the public as an exciting new destination for Birmingham. It will be a place to meet, to work, and a base from which to explore the City and its history – by foot, by bike and by water.
The Roundhouse is the first joint venture between the Canal & River Trust and the National Trust, and is at the forefront of both organisations’ urban strategies. Our £3.6m project has been taking shape since 2013, and we now have an exciting scheme to restore and reimagine the Roundhouse.
We want you to enjoy the Roundhouse, to be part of it and revel in this outstanding piece of urban heritage. Our offer is full of opportunities for heritage, fitness, well-being, culture, learning and skills development.
A great day out
We'll offering fun and active ways for people of all ages and abilities to explore and enjoy the city; paddle, cycle and walking tours.
The restoration work will sensitively celebrate the building’s history while connecting it with the waterways and communities that have shaped its story. The entire building from roof to cobbles is being restored, ensuring that it can continue to tell the history of Birmingham.
Opportunities to get involved
Keen to be involved? We're offering a brilliant volunteer programme, internships, apprenticeships and work experience will help increase confidence, skills and employability. If you're interested, keep an eye out for details on our social channels.
We want to co-create our activities and events with the local community and partners around the city. The stories we share will be local, exciting and ensure the Roundhouse is a destination that welcomes all who play a part in Birmingham’s thriving cultural and tourism scene.
See the city differently
Birmingham’s Roundhouse represents modern, urban heritage, whose main function will be to help people see Birmingham and their relationship with it differently, and to be a vibrant space for Ladywood.
It will draw out the hidden, the personal, the alternative, the surprising, putting a contemporary twist on heritage.