A part of Birkenhead died when this building closed. Ten years ago people turned up at Byrne Avenue Baths for their morning swim to find a notice on the door to say the building had closed. The baths soon fell into disrepair and we lost the hub of our community. But thanks to local residents coming together, we’re bringing this building back. And it’s from the generosity of business like Co-op that we’ve been able to start the restoration.

This will be a space that everyone can use

These baths are where everybody in Birkenhead learnt to swim. It’s where they came to dance, to roller disco; it’s a place of incredible importance so it’s exciting to see the restoration begin.

Our vision is to transform it back to a place where people can drop in, have a coffee, take part in a sporting event, spectate a sporting event, host a community event, make a connection.

We’re starting with the Sports Hall and then moving on to the rest of the building. The Sports Hall is enormous but it means we’ll be able to do things that others venues can’t do, such as trampolining, archery, concerts and theatre.

The whole point is that this will be a space that everybody can use. They can use it as a child, they can use it as an adolescent, they can use it as an adult.

Once we’re open we’ll give local residents the opportunity to learn new skills, from carpentry and painting to working with us on reception. There’s going to be so much going on right on people’s doorsteps. They will no longer have to worry about travelling, they will be able to get training and skills that they can put on their CV right here.

With the later addition of meeting rooms and a café providing affordable food and drink, there will be plenty of activities for everyone. We’re building a place where people can come and play a positive part in the community and without the help of brilliant businesses like Co-op and Locality we couldn’t do it.

Save your local space like we are

Co-op Foundation are currently looking for spaces in communities that would thrive from support. Together with Locality, they want to save, improve and protect spaces that matter. Head to their website and tell them about the local space you want to save.

Peter Sherlock
Trustee of Byrne Avenue Trust

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