Former swimming pool to be transformed into a business center

A former swimming pool in north Birmingham could be converted into a business center under newly submitted plans.

The Witton Lodge Community Association is behind the project to convert the Erdington Baths building in Mason Road into a mixed-use site focused on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs.

There would also be community facilities, including a restaurant and cafe, and the scheme would be called Erdington Enterprise and Entrepreneur or E3 Hub, reports BirminghamLive.

The main objective of the project is to provide “affordable, small-scale work and meeting spaces” for local small and medium-sized businesses as well as individuals and groups of residents.

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It would have three stand-alone offices, flexible studio spaces and a crèche and office pods in the site’s main billiard room for co-working, creating 93 new full-time positions.

The site is adjacent to Erdington Library and is close to the top of the town’s main street.

The bathhouse building, which is almost 100 years old, has stood empty since its closure in 2014 when it fell into a state of disrepair.

The plans were drawn up by Intervention Architecture with funding obtained from Greater Birmingham and the Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Afzal Hussain, chief executive of the Witton Lodge Community Association, said: “There is a wealth of research outlining the benefits of coworking spaces, including improved connectivity and productivity for individuals and their businesses.

“The hub will positively support the needs of Erdington’s current workforce and provide opportunities to establish new service delivery and activities in the constituency in support of growing business and social enterprises.

“We understand that levels of self-employment and business activity in a region can have a profound effect on local levels of unemployment, income and economic output.

“That is why we are confident that an initiative and a resource such as the Erdington Enterprise Hub will help change both the landscape and the infrastructure for businesses in Erdington, in the short and long term.

“This will help meet the local community’s growing demand for opportunities in business ventures.”

West Midlands business news review of 2021

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