North Smethwick Development Trust (NSDT) was the pilot for community asset transfer with Sandwell Council signing a 99 year lease agreement in 2013.
Their support enabled NSDT to progress its ambition to redevelop Brasshouse.
Consulting with over 500 local people, NSDT secured significant funds to redevelop a 1960s dilapidated building into a new community hub. The capital project was shaped by research commissioned by NSDT in 2012 that captured local people’s priorities, needs and aspirations.
The £830,000 project was a mosaic of funds: grant funding represented the largest proportion, an interest free loan and in-kind materials and pro bono support from local businesses.
The new Brasshouse opened in 2014 offering a greater range of services/activities that range from a holiday club for children through to professional theatre productions brining arts into the heart of our community.
It is a building that local people are proud of. Further investment was sought post redevelopment, to help us develop a successful catering and venue hire operation creating a sustainable business model to help secure the financial independence of NSDT consolidating a successful asset transfer.
Our new catering operation social enterprise offers young people a route into the catering and hospitality industry creating a synergy between our services and dovetails with our ambition to offer volunteering into employment opportunities for local people.
Our match day car parking social enterprise has been established since 1995 providing employment for local people.
This is a partnership with CENTRO where we manage parking at the Hawthorns station car park on match days as well as at the Brasshouse. Surpluses from this operation are used in our work with children, young people and older people and is a vital revenue stream to support such activities.