Been meaning to have a nose round here to gather some pictures and history in one place for twelve months now! finally got around to having a quick look last night, as I found myself in Brum..
Aston union infirmary
Highcroft Hospital was a former Poor Law institution, then a psychiatric hospital. There was a social stigma to being treated there. Other large psychiatric institutions in Birmingham have been broken up. Some of the old Highcroft Hospital grounds have been used for new housing. The main hospital itself has been renovated into luxury apartments and has been named Highcroft Hall. Highcroft Hall was built between 1869 and 1871 by Victorian architect, Yeoville Thomason.
The building, sanctioned by the Poor Law Board, was originally a workhouse providing housing to paupers, idiots, tramps, seniles, lunatics and imbeciles (terms used at the time with distinctive definitions).
The building was originally named the Aston Union Workhouse although it has been renamed over the years to Erdington House (1912 - following the City boundary changes), Highcroft Hall Hospital (1942) and was more commonly referred to in later years as just Highcroft Hospital.
Over the years, the hospital has generally provided care for the mentally ill. In 1994, the hospital became part of the Northern Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust. During the following two years, the facilities were gradually rehoused in more modern units nearby and in 1996, the building was declared closed.
The site was derelict for the subsequent eight years, before being refurbished by property developers in 2004-2006.
There's some dates and stuff on here-
Found a pic from 2002-
the old blending with the new...
workshops and stuff
rear of the nurses quarters
this was, apparently, the TB centre originally
behind the dark blue skips the asbestos decontamination tents can be found (and also at the rear of the nurses quarters)
old original fire map
it looks quite interesting in both the nurses quarters and TB centre from what I could see and there's probably more that can come from inside these, if you know what I mean