Restoration work is started at Bells FarmPassers by traveling down Bells Lane in Druids Heath would be hard pressed to miss the activity outside the historic building called Bells Farm and the construction team's portacabins. Almost out of sight at the rear of the building work has started on the restoration of the East Wing, the unsightly scaffolding that supported the fire damaged structure for over 25 years has been removed and existing usable timbers have been disassembled ready for re-use. The East wing chimney stack has been re-pointed and made safe. In addition to re-instating the East Wing the project will repair roofing, windows and gaps in the main building walls to make the existing structure wind and water proof.
The project is costing £639,000 with the funding coming from
a range of sources including Birmingham City Council and £308,979 from English Heritage.
The building is currently used by The Spearhead Trust at Bells Farmhouse for a wide range of community support projects and the restoration project will provide the charity with three new rooms in the East Wing. In addition to extending the current range of community projects the development plan includes designing an authentic Tudor style garden and opening the building on a regular basis to the wider public to enjoy this important part of Birmingham's heritage.