Construction & regeneration
19 Jan 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Introducing: Camp Hill Gardens

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Camp Hill Gardens will replace a long-standing industrial site with a major placemaking scheme of 563 apartments & townhouses across six new buildings ranging from 3 to 26 storeys, all centred around one acre of high-quality private gardens.

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Goodstone Living recently acquired its first build-to-rent (BTR) development site – known as Camp Hill Gardens – at 193 Camp Hill.

Goodstone – the new UK BTR property arm of Australian mega-company, Macquarie Asset Management – acquired the site from Eutopia Homes, who are now development manager.

The placemaking scheme will revitalise the industrial site to deliver 563 apartments and townhouses spread across six new blocks ranging from 3 to 26 storeys, all centred around one acre of private high-quality garden spaces.

Further nurturing Digbeth's live-work-play ethos, the site will benefit from a new 13,455K SF public realm, as well as 89,319K SF of integrated internal & external communal spaces - including a rooftop bar and terraces, private dining, a fitness zone, a nursery, and spacious gardens.

Over 18,500K SF will be devoted to retail and commercial spaces, which could see restaurants, independent retail, and spaces for business incubators & start ups.

65 studios, 241 one-bed apartments (1-2 persons), 202 two-bed apartments (3-4 persons), 49 three-bed apartments & 6 standalone three-bedroom family townhouses, will be created.

There will be spaces available for 55 vehicles, including 10 accessible, 28 motorcycles & 25 for electric vehicles. In addition to that, 658 resident cycles are to be provided alongside 70 for the public.

To facilitate the development moving forward, the (former) Sulzer site – since relocated to purpose-built facilities at Birmingham Business Park – will be demolished in the coming months ahead.

Be sure to watch the development with us (Buildsweare & Itsyourbirmingham).

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All artists impressions are the property of the architect, Darling Associates.

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Sport & leisure
19 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Be Bold Be Birmingham - the Commonwealth Games is coming to the City this summer 2022!

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Be Bold Be Birmingham! The slogan for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games can be see around the City in the months running up to the event. Such as at Perry Park near the Alexander Stadium (Walsall Road) and other areas, including in the City Centre. Also a new Queen's Baton Relay mural near Birmingham New Street Station.

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Be Bold Be Birmingham

 

Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr

The Alexander Stadium in Perry Park, January 2022. Seen near the Walsall Road. The hashtag is #BeBoldBeBham

Be Bold Be Birmingham

Be Bold Be Birmingham

Be Bold Be Birmingham

Be Bold Be Birmingham

 

Victoria Square, Birmingham

Seen at the end of December 2021, the Be Bold Be Birmingham hoardings around where the Floozie in the Jacuzzi used to be (currently having the fountain repaired).

Be Bold Be Birmingham

Be Bold Be Birmingham

 

Seen outside of the Council House during January 2022. Normally this would be the main entrance, but it's closed while the building (and Museum & Art Gallery) get repaired (BM & AG should reopen ETA April 2022).

Be Bold Be Birmingham

 

The Council House was like this with Be Bold Be Birmingham at the end of September 2021.

Be Bold Be Birmingham

 

Stratford Road - Birmingham / Solihull border

Seen on the Stratford Road, leaving Birmingham (Hall Green) for Solihull (Shirley) near Tesco. If you are driving into the City up the A34, you will see "Welcome to Birmingham Proud Host City of the Commonwealth Games 2022". If you are leaving the City and entering Solihull (on your way to the M42) you will see "Thanks for Visiting Birmingham". Seen on a walk down the Stratford Road to Shirley in November 2021.

Be Bold Be Birmingham

Be Bold Be Birmingham

 

High Street, Harborne

I first spotted the Be Bold Be Birmingham signs in the summer of 2021. Such as on this council board on the High Street in Harborne, during August 2021. The same "Welcome to Birmingham Proud Host City of the Commonwealth Games 2022". It also comes up on digital billboards around the city.

Be Bold Be Birmingham

 

The Queen's Baton Relay - mural by Gent 48

This mural painted by Birmingham street artist legend Gent 48, is at the corner of Hill Street and Navigation Street in Birmingham City Centre near Birmingham New Street Station. It was painted and unveiled in January 2022. The Queen's Baton Relay is going around the Commonwealth.

Queens Baton Relay

Queens Baton Relay

Queens Baton Relay

Queens Baton Relay

Queens Baton Relay

 

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Construction & regeneration
19 Jan 2022 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of One Centenary Way - January 2022

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With the external structure now complete and the windows chasing up fast we can get a better sense of how the building fits in with its surrounding architecture.

Lots of photos in this construction photo gallery update covering late December to January 15th (above).

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19th December 2021

30th December 2021

2nd January 2022

6th January 2022

15th January 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

There are now nearly 600 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: One Centenary Way Full Construction Gallery

 

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Construction & regeneration
18 Jan 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Green Light Tipped For 17-Storey Paradise Hotel

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It's a significant week for Paradise Birmingham, Phase Two, with the proposed 17-storey Hotel recommended for approval on Thursday, January 20th, at 11 am.

  • 17-storeys;
  • 152-bedrooms;
  • 16th floor Panoramic Sky Bar;
  • ISA & Glenn Howells design.

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On Thursday, January 20, detailed designs for a new landmark 17-storey (plus basement) hotel for Paradise Birmingham, Phase Two, are expected to be approved.

The upmarket boutique hotel, designed by ISA Architecture and Glenn Howells Architects, comprises 152 standard, family and penthouse accommodation, vibrant ground floor offerings, dedicated taxi drop off points, and a stunning 16th-floor panoramic sky bar with a covered terrace.

Designed with a scalloped facade to confidentially differentiate itself from neighbouring office buildings, the hotel will - subject to consent - be built in light buff brick with elegant bronze coloured window frames.

All ground floor uses - a reception, bar & restaurant - will flawlessly interact with the sites newly created public spaces, creating active frontages around the building.

There will be two main entrances: one on Paradise Street and the other on the newly pedestrianised Ratcliff Square, with 12 cycles at ground level, in addition to a secure ground floor cycle store offering storage for staff and guests to the 312-space Paradise cycle hub.

To minimise vehicle usage, the sites basement level will provide service and delivery access via the estate service tunnel, as well as housing the storage, kitchen stores and plant.

The Paradise masterplan will ultimately bring together hotel, offices, residential, commercial, leisure & new public squares to create a truly mixed-use destination.

Artists Impression from ISA Architecture & Glenn Howells Architects.

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Transport
15 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Royal Navy 692 - WT 723 at SCC Technology Campus in Tyseley

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On the no 4 / 4A bus route on the Warwick Road in Tyseley. There is now a decommissioned Hawker Hunter at the SCC Technology Campus. After the Shoreham air crash, it would never fly again. But was placed here on a pole stand around September 2021. A short walk up from Tyseley Locomotive Works and Tyseley Station, not far from Greet and the River Cole.

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If you catch the no 4 or 4A bus from Carrs Lane in the City Centre towards Tyseley and Acocks Green, you might spot something unusual. This decommissioned Hawker Hunter Royal Navy plane has been mounted on a pole stand at the SCC Technology Campus between Greet and Tyseley. The Warwick Road junction with Battery Way. Also near the Cole Valley Business Park, Burbury Brickworks Nature Reserve (Shire Country Park) and the River Cole. People in cars or other transport might also spot it on their journey up and down the Warwick Road.

First flew in 1955. Retired in 1993. Various owners since. Since Shoreham crash it has been de-registered, and from September 2021 was moved to Tyseley pole-mounted at the SCC premises. All major components removed.

 

Royal Navy 692 - WT 723 - Hawker Hunter

Gallery of eight photos below. Taken on Saturday 15th January 2022.

Royal Navy 692

Royal Navy 692

Royal Navy 692

Royal Navy 692

Royal Navy 692

Royal Navy 692

Royal Navy 692

Royal Navy 692

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Construction & regeneration
12 Jan 2022 - Stephen Giles
Gallery

Demolition Resumes at 250 Bradford Street.

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Demolition has resumed on the final section of 250 Bradford Street Digbeth, home of Merchant Square Capital's forthcoming 'East & Green' development of 130 residential apartments.

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East & Green is a residential-led regeneration project set to deliver 130 contemporary one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. The project will ultimately replace the dilapidated structure on the corner of Bradford Street, Green Street, and Alcester Street.

Ranging from four to eight storeys, East & Green is predominately aimed at the young working professional in the city. With demolition resuming, three interconnected blocks will soon be constructed in a mostly dark facing brickwork palette.

Offering floor-to-ceiling windows, two landscaped courtyards will also be provided alongside a spacious roof terrace, providing fantastic views across the ever-changing city.

East and Green, developed by Merchant Street Capital, has been designed by Maith Design, with engineering and quantity surveying provided by Shear Design and Dalbergia Group, respectively. RGB Group will build the project, with forward funding from Maslow Capital.

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Transport
12 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Perry Barr Station in 2012 and 2022

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Since May 2021, Perry Barr Station has been closed to passengers for redevelopment ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The last station building was built in the 1960s and was very tired and dull looking after 55 years. Outside roadworks after the Perry Barr Flyover was pulled down in 2021. Should be complete by May 2022. Only time Elliott got a train here was August 2012.

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Perry Barr Station history

The first station was built by the Grand Junction Railway in 1837, and is one of the oldest continually served stations in the world (until the 2021-22 redevelopment).  The GJR became part of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR), later the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), who all owned the station in turn, before the nationalisation of the railways in 1948 under British Railways in 1948 (later British Rail). The station was rebuilt in 1966 when the line was electrified towards Walsall. After privatisation in the 1990s, the station was run by Central Trains (from 1997), then London Midland (from 2007), and now West Midlands Railway (from 2017).

 

The station is on the Birchfield Road in Perry Barr, near Walsall Road and the One Stop Shopping Centre.

 

The visit of August 2012

The only time I got a return train journey to Perry Barr was in August 2012, for my then first photo walk around Perry Barr. Arriving on London Midland 323220.

Perry Barr Station

First view of the 1966 station building, with a pair of steps up to the exit.

Perry Barr Station

The train I got off continues towards Walsall.

Perry Barr Station

There used to be a ramp exit on both sides.

Perry Barr Station

View from the steps towards platform 2.

Perry Barr Station

The old British Rail Station Perry Barr sign was there for a long time.

Perry Barr Station

Plus at the time the Network West Midlands station sign for Perry Barr.

Perry Barr Station

There used to be a subway under the road here which you could use to get to Birmingham City University's City North Campus.

Perry Barr Station

Later after my walk, heading down the steps to platform 1, to catch a train on the Chase Line back to Birmingham New Street.

Perry Barr Station

Waiting for my train.

Perry Barr Station

Time to leave Perry Barr on London Midland 323202.

Perry Barr Station

 

2nd January 2022

Been so busy over the last 6 months, that I've had no time to travel up to Perry Barr. Traffic always seemed busy, if you were going to the cemetery at Witton.

 

On the second day of the new year, I caught an X51 bus to Perry Barr. An express bus service towards Cannock. First wanted to check out the Alexander Stadium / Perry Park, and the stop was near Perry Avenue. Bit hard to see the stadium or proper park access, so walked down Walsall Road past the One Stop to check out the new station building.

Perry Barr Station

The new station building is partially complete / cladded. But at least five more months work to complete it, ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Perry Barr Station

Temporary bus stops on the Birchfield Road.

Perry Barr Station

I went down Wellington Road at one point, so much traffic, and realised that there wasn't a distant bridge view of the station, so crossed over and headed back up to the island.

Perry Barr Station

Heading up Wellington Road, behind the new station building was the construction site of what was formerly going to be the Athletes Village for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Perry Barr Station

After crossing at the temporary lights over Birchfield Road (subways and footbridge have gone). Got this view from near Aston Lane.

Perry Barr Station

Heading onto the other side of the Birchfield Road, for one last view of Perry Barr Station, before waiting to catch a no 51 bus back to the City Centre. I wonder how they will deal with the crossing of this busy road, no subways, no footbridge!

Perry Barr Station

It is a bit of a walk from here to Perry Park, for visitors going to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from July - August 2022. A lot of roadworks are still unfinished. Hopefully they will finish everything here on time, fingers crossed.

 

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12 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
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The rebuilding of University Station - progress from May to December 2021

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University Station originally opened on the Cross City Line in 1978 to serve the University of Birmingham, and now the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Work began to build the new station buildings around Spring 2021. By Winter 2021-22 the main buildings are taking shape and getting cladded. The old station remains open throughout the works. Three photo updates from Elliott.

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First some photos of University Station in the years before the redevelopment.

View of University Station from platform 1 during March 2012. This was my first time getting off a train here.

University Station

 

Below a view from Westgate taken in January 2013. Sometimes also called University Road West.

University Station

 

In July 2017, a view of a London Midland Class 323 Electric Multiple Unit train, as seen from platform 2. By December of that year the franchise transferred over to West Midlands Railway. 323208 was the number.

University Station

 

By December 2019 there was a new West Midlands Railway sign outside the station on Westgate, replacing the old Network West Midlands one.

University Station

 

In August 2020, a view of University Station, after restrictions were being lifted at the time, but was no access to the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston Campus to members of the public who were not members of staff or students.

University Station

 

29th May 2021

First views of the new University Station getting built from the Worcester & Birmingham Canal near the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston.

University Station

University Station

The old 1978 station building remains open from the Westgate with a view of Old Joe (before the clock hands were removed).

University Station

View from the bus stops of the site from New Fosse Way. The new station buildings would be built alongside Vincent Drive, near NHS Blood & Transplant Birmingham and the Birmingham Research Park.

University Station

 

6th August 2021

In the summer of 2021, I got a train down from Birmingham New Street Station. West Midlands Railway 170509. In a purple livery (as it will soon transfer to East Midlands Railway).

University Station

Behind the train you could see the structure of the new building going up.

University Station

Heading down Vincent Drive.

University Station

University Station

It was possible to see Old Joe behind the new building before it was complete last summer.

University Station

University Station

University Station

University Station

Now on Pritchatts Road from the bridge over the Cross City Line and Worcester & Birmingham Canal. There will not be access to the station from this end.

University Station

University Station

 

28th December 2021

Starting this time from Pritchatts Road, after checking out Old Joe (now with clock hands reinstated), the same view as 5 months earlier from the bridge over the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and the Cross City Line. The new station building has a new footbridge. When complete it will have an entrance to Westgate.

University Station

University Station

Heading up Vincent Drive to a more complete looking station, although a lot to complete.

University Station

University Station

University Station

Near the bus stops on New Fosse Way. Work was still going on here during the Christmas - New Year holidays.

University Station

 

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Music & musicians
11 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
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UB40 launched Musical Routes at Hall Green Station back in November 2021

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(Late News). Near the end of November 2021, surviving members of UB40 were at Hall Green Station to unveil the first Musical Routes sign. The project is the brainchild of the Birmingham Music Archive founded by Jez Collins. While Birmingham We Are's Elliott Brown was at work that day, on the following Saturday morning, he got a few photos of the sign, with the thawing snow.

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UB40 Hall GreenUB40 launch Musical Routes at Hall Green Station. Photo courtesy of West Midlands Railway. Friday 26th November 2021.

 

Saturday 27th November 2021

After hearing about this in the local news, the day after UB40 was at Hall Green Station, I walked here, before heading to catch the no 6 bus on the Stratford Road to the City Centre.

View from the footbridge of Hall Green Station. I normally get on from Welby Road (there is a path from Brooklands Road).

Hall Green Station

 

In the station car park is the new Musical Routes sign below the new West Midlands Railway sign for Hall Green Station.

Hall Green Station

 

The map of Hall Green features Moseley & Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, Springfield (Sparkhill) and Hall Green. The map shows locations where famous Brummie musicians first started out, such as Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, UB40, Ocean Colour Scene, Bev Bevan and Laura Mvula.

Hall Green Station

Overnight had been some late November 2021 snow, but by the time I went out, it was thawing. The Musical Routes sign is near the disabled car parking spots.

Hall Green Station

Heading out of the Hall Green Station car park towards the Stratford Road, to catch a no 6 bus. It's been a while since I last caught a train from this station (due to cancellations as a result of a shortage ot train drivers and other reasons). 

Hall Green Station

National Express West Midlands is just a bit more reliable now than West Midlands Railway.

 

There will be other Musical Routes signs at other railway stations around Birmingham, but as yet, have not seen any more (or had time to visit any of them, other than my University and Perry Barr station rebuild updates).

 

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Classic Architecture
08 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Old Joe back with clock hands over the Christmas - New Year holidays end of 2021

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The University of Birmingham campus was very quiet during the last week of 2021. Elliott caught the no 76 bus up to the Edgbaston Campus to check out Old Joe (aka Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower), now with the clock hands reinstated on all sides, and with the mechanisms working, the clock even rung / bonged while on the campus. Happy New Year 2022. 

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Getting off the no 76 bus on the Bristol Road in Selly Oak (Bournbrook close to the University of Birmingham), near The Goose at the OVT put. Could see Old Joe to the right near Grange Road. I headed right to the South Gate. It was the Boxing Day Bank Holiday Tuesday, 28th December 2021 (the actual Boxing Day fell on a Sunday).

Old Joe

 

The view of Old Joe (Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower), zoomed in from Bristol Road over Grange Road in Selly Oak.

Old Joe

 

Heading through the South Gate, noticed the Costa Coffee at the University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness was closed (yet to go to this Costa), then headed past the Guild of Students building towards the East Gate. Not only are the clock hands back on, but they are reading the correct time.

Old Joe

 

Near the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the East Gate, and close to Edgbaston Park Road. The campus was really quiet, not many people around.

Old Joe

 

Now on Pritchatts Road, heading past the North Gate and the Green Heart.

Old Joe

Usually coaches park at this semi circle, but non during the inter Christmas - New Year period.

Old Joe

A look at Old Joe through the gate on the left.

Old Joe

And through the gate on the right.

Old Joe

One last view of Old Joe from the Green Heart, with the Main Library and Teaching & Learning Building on the right.

Old Joe

 

Heading down to check out the progress of the rebuilding of University Station, one last view of Old Joe taken from Vincent Drive. Evergreen tree on the right looked like a Christmas tree with no decorations on it.

Old Joe

 

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Art; Culture & creativity
06 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Some more rainbow crossings

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It's not just in Birmingham's Southside that you will find rainbow crossings. All around the UK. Such as in Taunton in Somerset. As well as closer to home in Solihull, and in Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. Happy New Year 2022. Not done many posts recently as they don't seem to get published by Jonathan as fast as Daniel's get's up, and nothing much to post.

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Taunton, Somerset

Near the end of the first South West holiday at the end of August 2021 (Devon and Somerset). On Saturday 28th August 2021 in Taunton, Somerset, heading to the Museum of Somerset, we entered Goodland Gardens (near The Bridge and River Tone). Saw this rainbow path. No cycling is allowed down this path. Stopped for coffee nearby at The Shed.

Rainbow Crossing Taunton

 

Solihull, West Midlands

On Sunday 19th December 2021, heading to Cineworld at Touchwood in Solihull, to watch Spider-Man: No Way Home. A little early, so took a side path to the rear entrance near Manor Square. Found this rainbow path between Touchwood and the Solihull Council House. I don't think there had been a crossing at this point before.

Rainbow path Solihull

 

Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

It had been a few months since I last got a train, so on Thursday 30th December 2021, I bought off peak return tickets in the Chiltern Railways app, and travelled down to Leamington Spa again, on the Chiltern Mainline, for a bit of walk around the Town Centre, and to have a coffee at Caffe Nero. On The Parade I spotted a rainbow crossing between Jephson Gardens and Pump Room Gardens. It was raining on and off, and took these from Pump Room Gardens later on the walk back to the station.

Rainbow path Leamington Spa

Rainbow path Leamington Spa

 

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Construction & regeneration
04 Jan 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Construction Underway at New Garden Square

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A piling rig is onsite at New Garden Square where Moda Living, in partnership with US investment firm, KKR, will deliver 398 high-quality rental units within Calthorpe Estates' leafy Edgbaston Village regeneration.

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The partnership aims to deliver 5,000 units over the course of the next 5 years across the U.K, with a focus on low to mid-rise buildings away from the city core centre areas, offering cheaper rents with fewer amenities - with New Garden Square kicking things off.

Moda's new 'Select' model will offer top-notch customer service, integrated technology and health and wellbeing combined to offer the optimum rental experience.

The new neighbourhood is part of wider plans for Calthorpe Estates' Edgbaston Village, which will also be transformed into a thriving new urban community, complete with a tram route, best-in-class homes, retail, offices, leisure, and a new garden square.

Construction on the new apartments is expected to be completed by Q4 2023.

Images from Glancy Nicholls Architects, MODA Living & Calthorpe Estates.

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01 Jan 2022 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham UK, My 100 Personal Favourites Taken in 2021

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I like to take photos, it's helps my mental health and I don't put myself under any pressure. I love my adopted home city and since discovering that it is a beautiful and amazingly photogenic, diverse and muddled up urban landscape, I have sought to expose the negative myths about Birmingham by publishing my photos since 2010. Please see my 2021 favourites gallery:

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I have created these various collages of 2021 Birmingham photos, they are made to print at full resolution to A1 size please contact me if you are interested in these or bespoke versions.

Below are my personal favourites in date order:

January

The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Fog - 7th January 2021

Great Reflection in the Part Frozen Canal in the City Centre - 9th January 2021

The Eroded Message - 16th January 2021

New and Old Angles with a Hook - 17th January 2021

The Utilita Arena - 23rd January 2021

The Black Sabbath Bench on Broad Street - 24th January 2021

the 'Real Birmingham Family' Statue in Centenary Square - 24th January 2021 (Featured in the 2022 Birmingham Gems Charity Calendar)

Snow People and Other Things in Centenary Square - 24th January 2021

The Lego Giraffe - 24th January 2021

February

Reflections in the Hyatt Regency Hotel - 6th February 2021

Lockdown Torment - 8th February 2021

One of the Many Water Jets in Centenary Square - 13th February 2021

Light Pole in Chamberlain Square with the Town Hall - 14th February 2021

Lamp and Reflections in the ICC - 21st February 2021

The Dome atop the City Council House - 25th February 2021

Victoria Square - 28th February 2021

Reflection of 'Big Brum and 103 Colmore Row in One Chamberlain Square - 28th February 2021

The City Council House - 28th February 2021

March

Street Art by GENT48 on Smallbrook Queensway - 7th March 2021

A Starling in the Copper Tree in St Martin's Square - 7th March 2021

Reflections in Grand Central - 13th March 2021

One of the Water Jets with Three Arena Central in Centenary Square - 20th March 2021

Reflection of the Holiday Inn Express in the Hyatt Regency Hotel - 20th March 2021

The Town Hall - 21st March 2021

The Library of Birmingham - 21st March 2021

Cathedral Square - 21st March 2021

April

Symphony Hall - 5th April 2021

Victoria Square - 5th April 2021

Victoria Square - 5th April 2021

One of the Light Poles in Chamberlain Square - 17th April 2021

St Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter - 21st April 2021

Birmingham, Symphony Hall - 23rd April 2021

The Library of Birmingham - 23rd April 2021

May

Cloud Burst of Heavy Rain Over Ladywood. - 1st May 2021

Capoeira in Centenary Square - 1st May 2021

A Partial Rainbow with the Cube and the Hyatt Regency Hotel - 3rd May 2021

Amazing Light and Clouds Over the West Side City Skyline - 4th May 2021

A Partial Rainbow with 103 Colmore Row - 18th May 2021

The Library of Birmingham - 18th May 2021

Looking South-west from the City Center Over the Sea of Trees - 19th May 2021

June

The South-West Side Skyline From Egg Hill Near Frankley - 15th June 2021

The West Side City Skyline from Egg Hill in Frankley - 15th June 2021

The Whole City Skyline from Egg Hill in Frankley - 15th June 2021

One Chamberlain Square Juxtaposed with the Copthorne Hotel - 19th June 2021

The Broad Street Cluster from the Mainline Canal - 19th June 2021

St Paul's Church in the Jewellery Quarter - 26th June 2021

July

The Council House in Victoria Square - 3rd July 2021

Victoria Square - 4th July 2021

Part of Luke Perry's 'Forward Together' Statue in Victoria Square - 18th July 2021

The Ikon Art Gallery Nestled in Brindleyplace - 18th July 2021

The Construction of The Mercian - 24th July 2021

Centenary Square - 24th July 2021

Very Rare Selfie in the Black Sabbath Bench - Ozzy Osbourne - 25th July 2021

Brutal Architecture with The Cube from Gas Street - 25th July 2021

Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Jewellery Quarter - 27th July 2021

Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Jewellery Quarter - 27th July 2021

A 'Brumgull' on My Window Sill with the Library behind - 31st July 2021

August

The Cube and St Thomas Church in the 'Peace Garden' - 3rd August 2021

Visual confusion from Centenary Square of One Centenary Way Construction - 7th August 2021

Way Sign on Broad Street - 7th August 2021

Flowers in the Secret Garden atop the Library - 14th August 2021

The Secret Garden atop the Library - 14th August 2021

The Library of Birmingham - 19th August 2021

September

Reflections in the Library of Birmingham - 4th September 2021

The 'Gateway' Sculpture at Great Hampton Street Containing a Real Nest - 13th September 2021

Street Clutter from Great Hapmpton Street in the Jewellery Quarter - 13th September 2021

Sunrise Behind the Library and 103 Colmore Row - 20th September 2021

The Ikon Art Gallery Nestled in Brindleyplace - 20th September 2021

The Mercian Looking Monolithic with Bank Tower Two Catching the Sunrise - 23rd September 2021

The Library of Birmingham and HSBC UK Lit for Pride21 - 24th September 2021

Rain Over Ladywood - 29th September 2021

October

The City Skyline from Egg Hill in Frankley - 21st October 2021

Chamberlain Square - 21st October 2021 (Featured in the 2022 Birmingham Gems Charity Calendar)

'Be Bold' Campaign Hordings During Renovation - 21st October 2021

The Bank Building at Bank Birmingham on Broad Street - 30th October 2021

Bank Towers One, Two and The Mercian - 30th October 2021

Old Turn Junction on the Canal - 30th October 2021

The City Skyline from Tyseley Station - 31st October 2021

Reflection of Three Brindleyplace in Five Between Two Pillars of the Aquaduct Sculpture in Central Square - 31st October 2021

Installation of the City Star Flyer at Ice Skate Birmingham - 31st October 2021

November

30 Second Exposure as the City Star Flyer Drops at Ice Skate Birmingham - 4th November 2021

Urban Cat - 5th November 2021

Confusing Reflections in the Library of Birmingham - 6th November 2021

Fireworks with the City Skyline from Clent Hill - 6th November 2021

View from Chamberlain Square During the Frankfurt Christmas Market - 7th November 2021

Santa at the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Victoria Square - 13th November 2021

Santa at the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Victoria Square - 13th November 2021

Royal Sutton Coldfield, Sutton Park Near to Boldmere Gate - 20th November 2021

Royal Sutton Coldfield, Sutton Park Near to Boldmere Gate - 20th November 2021

Sunset Clouds Over Arena Central - 22nd November 2021

Sunset over the West Side City Skyline - 22nd November 2021

December

Reflections in the Hyatt Regency Hotel - 2nd December 2021

Sunset over Ladywood and Edgbaston with the St Newman Oratory - 2nd December 2021

The Mercian catches the sunset colours - 2nd December 2021

A great double rainbow frames 103 Colmore Row - 7th December 2021

A winter foggy scene in Centenary Square - 19th December 2021

The City Star Flyer awaits the brave - 19th December 2021

The BT Tower appears eerily in the fog behind Chamberlain Square - 19th December 2021

The City Skyline at Night from Clent Hill (2300hrs) just before the fog rolled in - 31st December 2021

People Gather on Clent Hill to Watch the New Year Fireworks over the City - 1st January 2022 (0001hrs)

I have uploaded nearly 3000 photos of and in Birmingham taken in 2021 to my full gallery here: Daniel Sturley - Photography

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - December 2021

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The construction of 103 Colmore has moved on to external finishing touches including the new recessed plaza on Colmore Row and the installation of the 'Equinox' sculpture by John Pickering. Photos covering most of November and December in this gallery including a great rainbow on the 7th December (above). Photography coutesy Daniel Sturley and Elliott Brown.

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7th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

17th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

20th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

22nd November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

26th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

27th November, the installation of the 'Equinox' sculpture by John Pickering.

Photography by Elliott Brown.

1st December

4th December

Photography by Elliott Brown.

4th December

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

7th December

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

12th December

Photography by Elliott Brown.

19th December

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

22nd December

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

24th December

27th December

Photography by Elliott Brown.

Contained as part of this feature and accessible in the gallery are over 1,600 photos of the construction of 103 Colmore Row. Alternatively connect via 103 Colmore Row Full Construction Photo Gallery.

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27 Dec 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham, the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Victoria Square 2021

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The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Victoria Square has now left so here is a gallery of Daniel's favorite photos taken during this years festivities.

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21st October, the first arrival is the Merry-go-Round in Victoria Square.

23rd October

7th November

13th November

11th December

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

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23 Dec 2021 - YourPlaceYourSpace
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Birmingham Gems 2022 Charity Calendar - A3 Download and Printable Version

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Our Birmingham Gems 2022 Charity Calendar is now available as a download and print version. We have individual pages as Jpeg files in this post and a link to download a full resolution version PDF file that can be printed to at least A3 landscape full colour!

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Here is the link to the full print quality PDF file of the A3 Calendar (65mb):

Download Full Quality Calendar (65mb)

Alternatively you can 'save as' the individual Jpeg files below to your device.

 

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - December 2021

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One Centenary Way has had many more windows installed and the steel is up to full height at the north-east corner above Centenary Way. Some interesting perspectives of the building including the above from the Jewellery Quarter near the Copperworks development.

Photos covering 7th November to 15th December.

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20th November

29th November

30th November

2nd December

5th December

6th December

11th December

15th December

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

There are now nearly 600 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: One Centenary Way Full Construction Gallery

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The Snow Village at Birmingham's House of Fraser and the Walking with The Snowman trail

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During the Christmas 2021 festive period, head up to the fifth floor in the House of Fraser (between Corporation Street, Cherry Street and Temple Row) for The Snow Village. Inside you will find no 12 on the Walking with The Snowman trail. Twelve Drummers Drumming. The other Snowman artworks are around the City Centre if you can find them.

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The Snow Village

Head up to the fifth floor of the House of Fraser in Birmingham, between Corporation Street, Cherry Street, Temple Row and the North Western Arcade, for The Snow Village. This was the site where the House of Fraser used to have Santa's Christmas Grotto every year. But now it is The Snow Village.

 

You will find one of the Walking with The Snowman painted snowman sculptures. From Wild in Art, the same people behind The Big Hoot Birmingham 2015, The Big Sleuth Birmingham 2017, and more recently Gratitude, which was located in Chamberlain Square for the last 10 days of August 2021.

 

Welcome to The Snow Village. From the House of Fraser and Retail BID Birmingham.

The Snow Village

 

Some snowmen and penguins.

The Snow Village

 

Outside The Ice House.

The Snow Village

 

Post Office and Santa's Workshop. Post your cards to Santa here.

The Snow Village

 

Into The Ice House. A fireplace.

The Snow Village

 

What I came for. Walking with The Snowman. No 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming created by Sue Guthrie.

The Snow Village

 

Heading out, saw some Christmas trees.

The Snow Village

 

And Santa's sleigh.

The Snow Village

 

 

Christmas in Cathedral Square from the House of Fraser

Down to the fourth floor, saw some windows, so got some views of Christmas in Cathedral Square, with 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham Cathedral and the Grand Hotel. Plus the BT Tower.

House of Fraser Christmas in Cathedral Square

House of Fraser Christmas in Cathedral Square

 

Panoramic photo merge of the two photos above. Makes 103 Colmore Row look larger than it actually is.

Christmas in Cathedral Square

 

Entrance to Christmas in Cathedral Square from Temple Row, near St Philip's Place. 

Christmas in Cathedral Square

 

The Pigeon in the Park, a temporary pub seen from St Philip's Place.

Christmas in Cathedral Square

 

The helter skelter seen from St Philip's Place.

Christmas in Cathedral Square

 

A Christmas tree seen from St Philip's Place.

Christmas in Cathedral Square

 

Colmore Row view of Christmas in Cathedral Square.Christmas in Cathedral Square

 

Walking with The Snowman

Some of the other Walking with The Snowman painted sculptures I've found.

No 11: Eleven Pipers Piping by Amanda Quellin. In the Great Western Arcade, Birmingham. 

Snowman GWA

 

No 2: Two Turtle Doves by Laura-Kate Chapman. The Mailbox Birmingham, opposite BBC Birmingham.

Snowman Mailbox

 

No 8: Eight Maids Milking by Megan Heather Evans. In the Piccadilly Arcade, near the New Street end.

Snowman PA

 

No 5: Five Gold Rings created by Adam Pekr. Outside of the West Mall at the Bullring, not far from the bull.

Five Bullring

 

No 7: Seven Swans Swimming created by RP Roberts. Located on Corporation Street, close to Fore Street. Outside of the Cancer Research UK shop.

Seven Corporation Street

 

No 4: Four Calling Birds created by Mik Richardson. Located inside Birmingham New Street Station in the public concourse, not far from steps to platform 7.

Four Birds New Street Station

 

No 3: Three French Hens created by Jessica Perrin. Located outside of The Mailbox on Royal Mail Street, close to Starbucks and not far from City Social (at The Mailbox underpass square area).

Three Hens Mailbox

There is four more Snowman's to find, not sure if I'll get all of them before they go.

 

Bullring Bull

Bonus photo of the Bullring Bull in a silver outfit with snowflakes, at the beginning of December 2021.

Snowflake Bull

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown can also be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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The Exchange | University of Birmingham (formerly the Municipal Bank) - March to December 2021

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Delayed photo gallery update to The Exchange, now part of the University of Birmingham (formerly the Birmingham Municipal Bank Headquarters). This update from Daniel and Elliott with photos taken from March to December 2021 (external only, we have yet to visit since it reopened). It opened in Autumn 2021. Enjoy this update, sorry it's months late, Daniel forgot to update it.

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The Exchange opened in September 2021, and many people have had a chance to explore it since then, but Birmingham We Are's Daniel Sturley and Elliott Brown have yet to have time to visit it and go inside (other commitments, no time etc). This gallery of photos showing the renovations between March and December 2021. It was completed by the end of August 2021. It sounds like some people have had guided tours of the building. Hopefully Jonathan Bostock will get access for guided tours in 2022?

 

13th March 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

 

14th March 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

 

16th March 2021

The Exchange

 

21st March 2021

The Exchange

 

25th March 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

 

28th March 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

Photos by Daniel Sturley

 

3rd April 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

 

29th April 2021

The Exchange

 

16th May 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

 

22nd May 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange

Photos by Elliott Brown

 

23rd May 2021

The Exchange

 

24th July 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

Photos by Daniel Sturley

 

13th August 2021

The Exchange

The Exchange

 

2nd October 2021

The Exchange

 

5th December 2021

The Exchange

Photos by Elliott Brown

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14 Dec 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Introducing: Sapcote Yard, 87 Camden Street

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Sapcote Yard will see the delivery of 13 townhouses and duplexes, all set around a repaved courtyard and the site's 120-year old retained 'Barns'.

Brought forward by Elevate PG, the proposal will offer a healthy selection of two & three-bedroom homes.

 

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BLOCK 1: Existing and Proposed
 
 
 
The proposal retains and refurbishes the ground and first-floor level, with its brickwork cleaned, repaired and repointed where necessary. New steel frame windows will be fitted from the ground to the first floor.

A new slate clad pitched roof will be created to the second floor, with a set-back space creating a small roof terrace.

TOTAL: 3 three-bedroom townhouses and 1 two-bedroom duplex apartment (4-5 person accommodation). Living spaces range from 108 to 155 sqm.
 
BLOCK 2:
 
 
This contains a linear block of 5 three-bedroom townhouses and 1 two-bedroom apartment behind the main frontage building.

Perpendicular to the highway, with a repetitive fenestration of diminishing heights and a pitched roof, Block 2 faces onto the site's courtyard, which will be resurfaced with textured blue brick and square pavers. The 11 car parking spaces provided will be defined by a grey square paver.

The site's existing 'barns' - 120 years old - are of significant historical value & will be retained. They have an extant consent for commercial use but sit outside of this application site.

TOTAL: 5 three-bedroom townhouses and 1 two-bedroom duplex apartment (4-5 person accommodation). Living spaces range from 107 to 146 sqm.
 
BLOCK 3:
 
 
To the site's rear is a collection of 3 three-bedroom townhouses similar to Block 2 in form and layout.

TOTAL: 3 three-bedroom townhouses, in 5 person accommodation, will be provided. Living spaces will provide a hearty 124 sqm of space.

In total, Sapcote Yard will be composed of 2 (15%) two-bedroom duplex apartments & 11 (85%) three-bedroom family townhouses. 11 car parking spaces are provided, together with ample cycle parking.

All images are the property of Elevate Property Group and D5 Architects.

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11 Dec 2021 - Elliott Brown
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Holiday Inn Express at Arena Central - the TETRIS Building

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Holiday Inn Express is a three-star hotel situated on Holliday Street in the Arena Central district of Birmingham.

Standing at 61 metres, the 18 storey hotel - which has a total of 250 bedrooms - opened for business in the spring of 2017, and formed the first phase of Arena Central.

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It was brought forward by Miller Developments, applicants Centre Island, designed by KKA Architecture, and built by Muir Associates & John Sisk & Son.

Its visual appearance is composed of elements derived from local and distant contextual features whilst at the same time hinting at the site’s historic connection with the famous ATV studios through a ‘pixelated’ façade.

Within, the hotel comprises three elements: a Holiday Inn Express hotel; an independent 10,000 sqft health club with swimming pool, gym, spa and treatment areas; and an atrium link providing access into the existing Crowne Plaza Hotel next door.

Photos by Stephen Giles.

CONSTRUCTION (2015- 2017):

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Construction images courtesy of Daniel Sturley & Elliott Brown.

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09 Dec 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Chamberlain Buildings To Be Reborn as Student Accommodation

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Birmingham Properties Group (BPG) has planning consent to transform the historic Chamberlain Buildings on Corporation Street into 208-bed student accommodation.

  • Refurbishment of three buildings
  • Addition of vibrant ground floor amenities
  • A new design code for all commercial shopfronts
  • Public realm improvements

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Made up of three elaborately decorated, late 19th – early 20th century buildings, Chamberlain Buildings contains two grand Grade II listed properties: Coleridge Chambers & Ruskin Chambers. The other, King Edward House, is unlisted. 

All three will now be revamped and converted to provide 16 clusters, 187 studios, 1 one-bed & 4 two-bedroom accommodation, from floors one to five.

Significant student amenities will take priority at basement and ground floor levels, bringing much-needed vibrancy to Corporation Street.

These include a front of house concierge, study & informal meeting areas, dining spaces, lounges, a laundry, gymnasium & two bike stores for 134 cycles.

Moving forward, all existing commercial units will be modified and a strict design code applied to enable that all shopfronts adhere to consistency in terms of window graphics, signage and design.

A financial contribution of £75,000 will also be put towards public realm improvements in the vicinity and/or to the pedestrian crossing at James Watt Queensway.

All drawings are the property of Broadway Malyan.

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02 Dec 2021 - Stephen Giles
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S&K Buildings Set for Approval

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Plans for 456 rented homes at S&K Buildings, Digbeth, has taken a major step forward with Birmingham City Council recommending the development for approval.

Plans will be heard on December 9, at 11 am.

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The mixed-use Digbeth scheme from Taylor Grange will see the S&K Buildings transformed into a BTR scheme of 479 apartments, with commercial units, amenities, public terraces & a new riverside walkway.

The visually pleasing S&K Building will be retained and refurbished before undergoing a 2-storey upward extension, with demolition across the site, and the formation of six blocks of 6-7 and 8-10 storeys.

Encompassing the emerging Rea Valley Urban Quarter, the project will provide a healthy combination of 1-3 bedroom apartments and duplexes, alongside a restaurant/bar, gym, and private amenity spaces, including courtyard(s), terraces and balconies.

A new tree-lined riverway public realm will be created adjacent to the River Rea, allowing for fluid connections between Cheapside and Bradford Street, with commercial units and public terraces along the way.

Approval is recommended here, subject to a S106 legal agreement to provide 48 affordable apartments; as well as the payment of c. £116K to cover the cost of two off-site bridge removals bounded by Moseley Street, Charles Henry Street & Rea Street South.

Should this be funded via other means, the money would be put into improving the public realm around the site.

Plans for S&K Buildings will be heard on December 9, 2021, at 11 am.

All renderings are the property of Corstorphine+Wright.

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The Construction of The Mercian - October - November 2021

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A large gallery of photos of the construction of the 132m The Mercian on Broad Street covering October and November from Stephen, Elliott and Daniel. The building is externally complete but with lighting only installed in the lower third it can look a little stark on the skyline at night just lately...

Photo above by Stephen Giles, just awesome!

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2nd October

Photography by Elliott Brown.

5th October

Photography by Stephen Giles.

10th October

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

16th October

Photography by Elliott Brown.

21st October, from Egg Hill in Frankley

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

30th October

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

31st October, from Tyseley Station

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

6th November, from Clent Hill

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

8th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

13th November, from Edgbaston

Photography by Elliott Brown.

15th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

18th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

22nd November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

25th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

26th November

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

28th November, from Edgbaston

Photography by Elliott Brown.

There are now nearly 1500 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: The Mercian Full Construction Gallery.

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25 Nov 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Ambitious Plans Approved for New Bond Street

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Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has this morning voted through ambitious outline plans for up to 762 apartments on land around the forthcoming HS2 station.

 

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The mixed-use scheme, brought forward by Homes England as part of their Accelerated Delivery Pilot, is made up of two distinct land parcels on New Bond Street in the Bordesley area of the city.

The large-scale redevelopment will completely redefine the area into an inclusive & sustainable new canalside community, with the Grand Union Canal firmly at its heart.

Five buildings of up to 15 storeys, complete with 1-3 bedroom homes, commercial spaces and public and private amenity facilities, are to be built.

There is also a promise to provide a policy compliant 35% level of affordable housing.

With consent now granted, the site, subject to a tendering process, will be sold freehold to a developer intending to enter into a build contract for the site.

Works are expected to start in 2023 following a period of demolition of the remaining structures on-site, before completing in 2027.

All drawings are the property of Allies and Morrison.

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