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Woodbrooke to continue to serve community

Parts of the former Woodbrooke Study Centre in Bournville are set to be made available for use by local businesses, health services and community groups.

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

Its trustees wished to focus on the centre’s founding purpose and there were also concerns about falling visitor numbers and high building maintenance costs.

Whilst the Grade 2-listed building needs significant investment to bring it up to a good standard, BVT has been able to make spaces available for use.

It is in talks with several small businesses, health services and community groups on how they could use the building for office space and to provide services from.

Victoria Burnett-Rogers, Commercial Property Manager at BVT, said: “Woodbrooke has been an important part of the community for 120 years and we remain committed to securing the best future for it for the benefit of the whole community.

“Whilst we’re not in a position to refurbish and re-open all of Woodbrooke, we have been able to make spaces available for use and are in discussions with a number of organisations that could provide services from there.”

The Grade 2-listed building on Bristol Road South needs millions of pounds of investment 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.

We are pleased to see Woodbrooke serving the local community until such a time that we can develop a long-term plan and investment. We will continue to share updates on Woodbrooke as they become available.

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