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We would like to thank those who took many of the pictures used in this website to publicise the marvellous interior of the Royalty. We do not have their identities so we cannot name them but we will remove any of those images if they contact us and request us to do so. If we are to save this building their images will have played an important part.
Public Consultation Now Open.

The Consultation on the Harborne Royalty is now open. Please visit our consultation pages to find out about the consultation events and to take part in our survey about future use of the Royalty. This is your chance to have your say about a listed building on your High Street.
Royalty Fire

THE TRUST LOOKS TO GET THE ROYALTY REBUILT AS A COMMUNITY FACILITY

The Royalty has suffered a massive fire destroying the main auditorium. This is a terribly sad event tempered by relief that there appears to be no one hurt. Another important piece of Birmingham's history has gone. Our immediate challenge is to ensure that only what needs to be demolished is demolished. To assist the owner, Parminder Singh, we have offered the services of our RICS Certified Historic Building Professional, architect and a structural surveyor on a pro bono basis. We want the public to be confident that all of the building and Art Deco features that can be saved will be saved.

How does the Trust proceed? We have decided there is still a job to do. We need to understand what can be salvaged and restored and we need to take account of the tremendous response we are getting to our consultation survey. We are heartened by that response, the messages of support and the relief expressed that we are not giving up.
 
In view of our initial restoration objective and seeing the damage caused by the fire, it would not have been unreasonable for Trustees to have taken the view ‘It’s over,' and wished to step down. We all have lives to lead and mostly day jobs to do. Instead, there is a determination to carry on, not allow another ‘Huntsman’ and to become a conduit for local people’s views on the future of the building. The resolve is now to find ways to bring back a substantial community facility to Harborne which can assist regeneration whilst retaining whatever remains of the Royalty’s heritage. I am indebted to my fellow Trustees for their continued support.
 
We will also be completing our heritage delivery as part of the LIF funding. We are working with Professor Matt Houlbrook, Professor of Cultural History and Head of Department of History, School of History and Cultures, the University of Birmingham. The consultation is also providing an opportunity for participants to take part.
 
We have a nucleus of a strong team to take this project forward and a continuous stream of people offering to support or help us. We would like to thank you all.
 
The consultation events will continue and we look forward to seeing local people at our remaining consultation events. This is your opportunity to have your say.
 
Why is the consultation important? Because it will provide evidence for the future uses of the Royalty and the level of support. With those results the Trust are better placed to approach more funders and investors.
 
We have sought to engage with the owner, most recently in June 2018 this year, when we wrote advising them of our forthcoming consultation and requesting access to enable our architect, surveyor, structural engineer and valuer to evaluate the building prior to making an improved offer.
 
The Trust's architectural proposals have already received great support from the public (to date over 90% want the Royalty restored as a community facility) and whilst we wanted to have completed the consultation and evaluation of the results, we are quite ready to meet with the owner or their architect, sit down around a table and have a constructive conversation on a way forward. The Trust, especially with future charitable status, will be able to access funding not accessible to the owner, opening up opportunities for the building not otherwise available and with a different not-for-profit financial model.
Welcome to the Harborne Royalty Trust website.

This listed Art Deco building has for many years been forgotten. Yet it has so much history, architectural value and opportunity to serve the people of Harborne and much wider afield.

We are people who either live here or with local connections who actually care about this building rather than just demolish it for profit then walk away.

So, is this another piece of Birmingham's history the City and Harborne is going to turn its back on, or are we going to realise its potential? We have a chance to not only add to the High Street offering but also to provide Harborne with a local venue of distinction. Are we going to squander a rare opportunity few other High Streets have so outsiders can profit and consign a piece of local history to the demolition contractors, or are we going to do something about it?

We have a team of volunteers working hard to save the Royalty and bring jobs and investment for the benefit of Harborne and the wider community. We are ready to engage at any time to find a solution acceptable to all parties.

We continue to expand our board members and a team of experts to progress this project. We also look to the people of Harborne, our local Councillors and most importantly, the funders, to rise to this challenge.

With the consultation, you have your chance to have your say and send a clear message to the owner, local politicians and planners, that our High Street and our history and future assets should be respected.

We have had many volunteers and supporters who have come forward and for whom we are very grateful. They are starting to provide some of the fascinating information on the Royalty you can read elsewhere.

Rob Sutton.

Do you want to be able to say... 'I helped support support Harborne's future by saving part of Harborne's History'. If so, join us or make your feelings known. Our local contacts page gives you contact details for Councillors and Officials who represent us.

There are many more fascinating websites providing information on cinema and theatre as well as those working hard to preserve them. Go to our links page to find out more.

Meet the Harborne Royalty Trust board members volunteers, who are working hard to bring this project to fruition.
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