Would Cotteridge Park be a more welcoming place if it had a small building for the community?  Would more people be able to benefit from the opportunities offered in the park if there were toilets and somewhere to sit down and have a coffee?

A Building for the Community in Cotteridge Park

The Friends of Cotteridge Park have been working towards replacing the Sons of Rest building and toilet block, demolished in the late 1990’s, with a small community hub.

In 2017 funding was granted by Sport England to undertake a feasibility study to enable plans to be drawn up and surveys and consultation to be undertaken.

Designs and Plans

Working with architects, Axis Design, volunteers and park users have produced a design and plans for the building.  The designs have now been submitted to Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee for review.



Click on these links to see the information submitted as part of the planning application.

FoCP-Location + site layout

Cotteridge Park Community Building – Design & Access


Project Consultation

It’s never easy to make a change to a space that is so important to so many people.  The aim of the project is to replace a lost resource with something new that meets the needs of the current park users.

The Sons of Rest provided club facilities for Industrial Veterans and was built in the 1930s.  The old toilet block would not now meet the requirements of a modern community.

To ensure that any new building meets the needs of as many people in the community as possible an online survey was launched in Autumn of 2017.  The survery received 534 responses with 80% of those responding giving a B30 postcode.  85% of those surveyed thought that the community building was a good idea.

Click here to read the: proposed building in Cotteridge Park – final report from the online questionnaire

Click here to read the: proposed building in Cotteridge Park – final report from the online questionnaire – appendix one – summary of results

Consultation Meeting

Not everyone likes to comment online so in addition to the survey a public meeting was held on 25 October 2017.

Click here to read the Cotteridge Park building consultation workshop report v2 31.10.17

What happens next?

In March 2018 the plans for the building were submitted to the Planning Committee at Birmingham City Council.

If these are approved then the search for funding starts in earnest.  The budget for the current plans means we need to raise about £100k.

If you are interested in finding out more about the plans or want to get involved in the planning and fundraising process please send an email to: info@cotteridgepark.org.uk