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Update on Woodbrooke Study Centre

In late December 2023, the Woodbrooke Study Centre in Bournville reverted to Bournville Village Trust’s (BVT) care following a decision by the Centre’s trustees to close.

This decision was made because Woodbrooke wishes to focus on its founding purpose, but also due to the challenge of falling visitor numbers and high building maintenance costs.

Pete Richmond, Chief Executive of BVT, said: “BVT has had a successful relationship with the Centre and its dedicated team of staff for many years. Whilst the Centre will be sorely missed, we have fully supported Woodbrooke’s new chapter and its renewed focus on its founding purpose.

“The Centre has been a valued part of the Bournville community for 120 years and we’re committed to securing the best future for the Centre for the benefit of the whole community, whilst recognising its importance to the Quaker community, its heritage and the role it has played in the Quaker landscape in Birmingham.”

The Grade 2-listed building on Bristol Road South needs significant investment of around £6m to bring it up to a good environmentally sustainable and accessible standard.

BVT’s current priority is to invest in improving its existing homes and buildings, including spending £7.3m this year on its socially-rented homes.

The Centre will therefore become part of BVT’s long-term asset management and development strategy for the Bournville Estate.

In the immediate future, the building will be actively managed by BVT’s Assets department, which will focus on ensuring it is well managed, safe and secure.

We appreciate it may be disappointing that we are not able to bring the building back into community use sooner. However, we are committed to ensuring it remains a valued part of the Bournville community.

We will continue to share updates on the Centre as they become available.

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