Moseley Road Baths – latest news

Moseley Road Baths - lintel

Moseley Road Baths - lintel. Photo: Martin Mullaney

Pool2 of Moseley Road baths has been closed since Christmas so that the lintel above the fire exit door in this pool can be repaired.

There were hopes that the work would be completed on or around 23rd May. It now looks, at best, 13th June. Although this date may be pushed back due to additional problems in the basement of the baths.

The stainless steel lintel for the fire exit door in Pool 2 is currently being manufactured in Switzerland and there are hopes it will be at  Moseley Road baths in 2 weeks time. Installing and removing the steel frame holding up the load bearing wall above the fire exit, will take a further three weeks – hence the 13th June date.

In addition, the Council’s structural engineers have raised concerns about the state of decade old acrow props underneath the former second class men’s slipper baths. These acrow props support the floor, which in turn holds up the roof at this section of the building.

The props are heavily rusted and need replacing immediately. Structural engineers will only allow any replacement temporary acrow props to remain in situ for two months and want a permanent structure put in place. Estimated costed is £100,000.

Birmingham City Council’s Urban Design team are in the process of costing both a temporary and permanent solution. They hope to have this information available by the end of this week.