Birmingham Social Centre
Stirchley’s newest residents have moved in to the empty Whitmarley car parts factory and work is under way setting up the new Birmingham Social Centre - a place for ‘community and learning’. They are a group of students, graduates, teachers, lecturers and activists. They have been told by the landlord that the building is likely to be demolished in six to twelve months time.
‘We want to make a point about waste. Birmingham has the most abandoned buildings in the country and sadly the highest rates of homelessness. Buildings like this are part of Birmingham’s heritage, we want to take care of it while it is unused and put it to use as a community centre’.
Setting up home - cleaning up and painting work has begun. A free tea room and library has been created with donations of books and mugs, and a book shelf has been salvaged from the building. Unwanted mattresses and sofas have been reclaimed from the streets. Plans are underway to create free meeting rooms, a ' free' school, a 'free' shop, an art exhibition and gardening projects.
Taken from the ongoing series documenting the once thriving Stirchley High Street in Birmingham.
Stirchley Community Baths
Once thriving now derelict, but with plans to be re-opened to the public as a community centre. Taken from the ongoing series documenting the once thriving Stirchley High Street in Birmingham.