At the centre of Selly Oak in Bristol Road is a cluster of five Grade 2 listed Victorian buildings. They are badly neglected but CP4SO believes that they could be restored to become the civic quarter of Selly Oak. Surrounding them are major new developments of student housing, the Selly Oak Shopping Park, and the University of Birmingham’s planned Life Sciences Park. CP4SO is campaigning for some of that energy and investment to be harnessed to upgrade and, where possible, find new public uses for the listed buildings.
Developers, retailers, the university, city council, residents and the student population should all benefit from sensitive restoration of the buildings and the areas between them. Proximity to the canal running from Birmingham to Worcester offers additional opportunities to make this an attractive recreational area. This could become the heart of a renewed Selly Oak.
In a full page article on 11 July 2019, the Birmingham Post nicknamed our campaign ‘Save the Selly Oak Five’. The article is expanded on in Birmingham Live. The five buildings are:
|Former Selly Oak Library|
|Selly Oak Institute|
The Selly Oak Pumping Station located just behind the Library and is now used by Western Power Distribution as part of the electricity network. Still in good repair its gothic style make it stand out among the Victorian terraces of Selly Oak.
|659 Bristol Rd|
659 Bristol Rd is one of two houses flanking the entrance to Bournbrook Recreation Ground it is identified as the former house for the manager of the Pumping Station.
|641 Bristol Rd|