The improvements include a lift for the disabled to get to the first floor Job Club.
The scheme has won £85,000 from the SRB fund (Single Regeneration Budget) and the city
council have committed a further £30,000.
"These funds will ensure the long term viability of the centre, which is doing
valuable work in helping people in a disadvantaged part of the city," said Chamber
external funds co-ordinator Ajay Desai.
The building will be leased at a peppercorn rent to WATCH, the Working Actively to
Change Hillfields' company. "
Shelagh Mullally, who is the Chamber's facilities manager, added:
"Ultimately it is hoped that WATCH will be able to take over the building.
"Collectively the projects, sessions and community activities within the building
add up to a substantial local resource to play a part in the city's plans for the
regeneration of Hillfields."
The improvement of Hillfields shopping centre include new housing to replace derelict
shops, a grant scheme to encourage retailers to improve their shops, and a concierge
system for the flats.