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Local M.P Supports Royalty Project

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.
Latest News.

Architectural Heritage Fund makes £4,520 grant allocation to Harborne Royalty Trust. Go to Latest News page to read about the grant.
Public Consultation Results Now Available.

The Consultation results on the Harborne Royalty are now available to download and view. As we suspected from the  discussion with the public on the High Street its a massive YES to cinema and provision of community facilities and NO to more appartments. To download the consultation results click here. To see the summary of the results please visit our survey page to find out more about the consultation results and what respondents had to say.
Royalty Fire


We are still waiting for a copy of the structural report as promised for our RICS Certified Historic Building Professional structural surveyor to review. But whilst we are waiting we continue to work hard behind the scenes. The Council should be ordering this Grade II listed building to be rebuilt which is one of the options on the table at the January meeting. But if they don't exert their authority and ensure that happens, we are looking at worst case scenarios and how the building can still be configured to deliver what you stated you wanted from the public consultation. We are working with our architect Miller Studio to refine the consultation proposals and our business advisors to look at cost and revenue projections. We also applied to the Architectural Heritage fund for financial support with project viability costs and they have generously provided a grant of £4,520 which you can read about elsewhere.
We might have gone quiet publically but a lot is going on behind the scenes.

We still have a job to do. The public are clear they don't want more flats; they want something positive brought back to Harborne, something vibrant that will regenerate the west end of the High Street and replace what was lost when the Clock Tower was sold off cheaply.

Our consultation gives some ideas of what could have been put in the old Royalty building but they mostly apply to a restored building too.
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 and please keep that support coming.
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) 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.

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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