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Rubery Hill Hospital Chapel
Rubery Hill Hospital Chapel by Sas Taylor on Flickr

A planning application has been submitted to Birmingham City Council, seeking permission to turn the old chapel on Great Park into thirteen apartments.

The Grade 2 listed chapel, a stunning red brick building which was formerly part of the Rubery Hill psychiatric hospital, has been abandoned for some years. The old “asylum” opened in 1882 and was closed down in 1994. Psychiatric patients were moved out to Staffordshire in 1915 and the hospital became a War Hospital between until 1919, treating casualties from the First World War.

Only three buildings remain from the hospital – the porters lodge (off the slip road onto the A38 from Cock Hill Lane), the superintendent’s house (On Great Park, used as offices for the charity Headway) and the chapel.

The chapel was gutted by fire in 2000 and, although structurally safe, a new use needs to be found for it in order to maintain it.

The planning application by estate agents Malvern Estates plc comes as new build homes by Redrow are being completed in the area around the chapel and includes a request to build a single storey extension on the existing building.

If you’d like to have your say, you can see more details and comment on the application on the Birmingham City Council Planning website. 

Links:

Chapel planning application – 2011/08685/PA

Birmingham History – Rubery Hill Hospital

www.countyasylums.co.uk on Rubery Hill

Rubery Hill Hospital Chapel
Rubery Hill Hospital Chapel by Sas Taylor on Flickr

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