Three of Birmingham's top businessmen are celebrating the £4 million transformation of Nechell Baths which they have masterminded.
David Bucknall, chairman of Birmingham Foundation, Derek Inman, chief executive of Nechells Baths, and John Kimberley, chairman of Nechells Regeneration project, have driven the project forward.
Now, a vibrant new multi purpose community centre heralds a brighter future for hundreds of local residents.
Charity, Birmingham Foundation, has project managed the four-year refurbishment scheme.
It bought the baths from Birmingham City Council for £5 in 2003.
The complex is now a state of the art centre of communal activity providing training, creche and offices for social enterprises.
It closed as swimming baths in 1995.
Pertemps Employment Alliance has become the first tenant within the Grade II listed landmark. The employment specialists are delivering a range of Government Welfare to Work initiatives aimed at those unemployed for more than 18 months.
Funding has been provided by the city council, Government Office for the West Midlands, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Pertemps, with the refurbishment work carried out by Linford Bridgeman Construction Mr Bucknall, who also heads construction and property consultancy Bucknall Austin, said: "It is marvellous to see that our vision of five years ago has become a reality.
"We have transformed a disused civic liability into a multi-use community asset. This would not have been possible but for the support of AWM and our other funders, and we are grateful for the huge support we received from all the people involved in the project."
Derek Inman, who is also chairman of lobby group Birmingham Forward, added: "Four years ago the possibility of refurbishing Nechells Swimming Baths into a community facility for everyone was simply a dream. Through the hard work and dedication of many people the centre will, without doubt, change the lives of many people, helping them to find jobs, update skills and even retrain for a totally different career in a new direction.
"The creche is proving a huge asset to those retraining and we are having talks with a number of community organisations keen to make their home here. This powerful mix will boost regeneration of this area in terms of morale and practical assistance."
Tim Watts, president of Birmingham Foundation and of Pertemps, said: "This impressive landmark building is being brought back into productive use for the community.
"Although the days of the building hosting a swimming baths are long gone, it will have a future as a facility which is going to have a huge impact on Nechells and the surrounding communities.
"The way Birmingham Foundation has driven this scheme forward is very impressive, as is the way the original features of the baths have been incorporated into the fabric of the new building."
The centre was built in 1910 as part of a general provision of public baths and wash-houses across Birmingham and was also the home of a Social Institute and Winter Assembly Rooms.
Work began in late 2002 and has included retaining the pool area but covering it with a floor to create office space, converting the former viewing gallery into mezzanine-style offices and switching the men's changing rooms into more offices. Ornate ironwork and other period features throughout the Victorian building have been retained.