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Roundhouse has new future thanks to grant.

ONE of Birmingham's most historic buildings is to be brought back to life after it was confirmed it would receive a PS2.5 million lottery grant.

The funding will enable the Canal & River Trust and National Trust to turn the Grade II*-listed Roundhouse, in Sheepcote Street, into a base from which to explore Birmingham's canal network.

The Roundhouse was designed by local architect WH Ward and built in 1874 by the Birmingham Corporation when it was originally used as stables and stores. Over the past decade, it has been steadily falling into disrepair and in 2014 it was placed on the 'At risk' register by English Heritage.

But the confirmed new investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will see it reborn as a visitor and commercial hub.

Proposals for the building include a cafe, a cycle hire and repair workshop, volunteering opportunities and a shared working space.

It is anticipated The Roundhouse will attract more than 50,000 people a year.

The building has already been used as a venue for this year's Flatpack Film Festival and the Birmingham Literary Festival.

The PS3.3 million regeneration scheme was awarded an initial development grant of PS225,000 by HLF 18 months ago and has now been given a full PS2.5 million award to enable the scheme to go ahead.

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