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AHF supported Birmingham "at risk" Project gets £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant

16 February 2018

The Former Birmingham Municipal School of Art, a magnificent 1899 Grade II* building by architect William Bidlake, has just secured a major grant of £1.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The building, which is part of an exceptional group of listed buildings along the Moseley Road in Birmingham, has been on Historic England’s “At Risk" Register for over twenty years.  Purchased in poor repair from the City Council in 1984, the owners Moseley Muslim Community Association struggled to secure the funding to repair the buildings until the intervention of the Architectural Heritage Fund, who provided advice, support and grants.

Javed Arain, Chair of the Moseley Muslim Community Association said,  “ We are delighted that we have received the grants from HLF and Historic England for the restoration and refurbishment of this important building.  This will help us create a hub to meet the diverse needs of the local community.  The advice and support from the AHF in the early stages was invaluable.”

Editors’ Notes

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976, to promote the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in areas of deprivation.  It is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

For further information contact: Elizabeth Perkins, Support Officer: 0300 121 0745

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