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Elliott Brown Modern Architecture
11 hours ago - Elliott Brown
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The story behind the new BT Tower logo

During 2021, Birmingham We Are's regular photographers Elliott Brown and Daniel Sturley have occasionally been getting updates, everytime BT put up a "T" or a "B". Since at least March 2021, one side had a "T". The "B" didn't go up until August 2021 due to nesting peregrine falcons.

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The story behind the new BT Tower logo





During 2021, Birmingham We Are's regular photographers Elliott Brown and Daniel Sturley have occasionally been getting updates, everytime BT put up a "T" or a "B". Since at least March 2021, one side had a "T". The "B" didn't go up until August 2021 due to nesting peregrine falcons.


Between February and August 2021, the BT Tower in Birmingham on Lionel Street finally got the the new BT logos attached on both sides of the building.

The "T" on one side together with a circle was put up between February and March 2021. The "B" and the other "T" didn't go up until late August 2021.  This was due to nesting peregrine falcons.

The photography below was taken by Birmingham We Are's regular contributors Daniel Sturley and Elliott Brown.

 

6th February 2021

"Not for everyone" - workers spotted abseiling from the top of the BT Tower.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/IMG_5993b_BTTW.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

24th February 2021

From Edgbaston Reservoir, it wasn't particularly clear to see what they were doing up on the BT Tower but you could spot the BT logo on Three Snowhill from this vantage point.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BT Tower Edg Res (Feb 2021) (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

2nd March 2021

Pins are put in place for the circle of the logo and the "T" of BT. The "B" pins can just be seen.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/IMG_8793b_BTTW.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

21st March 2021

First blue circle of the logo and a "T" goes into place on one side of the building.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/IMG_1437b_BTTW.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

3rd April 2021

View from the train going past Birmingham Snow Hill Station. This side of the building at the time had a complete blue circle, but only visible pins for the "BT" logo.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BT Tower 03042021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

17th April 2021

Still only a lone "T" can be seen from Hill Street near Birmingham New Street Station. With peregrine falcons nesting at the top, BT engineers couldn't return until late August.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BT Tower 17042021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

21st April 2021

A close up view from the bottom of the BT Tower from Lionel Street. It's a long way up.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/IMG_4320b_BTTW.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

16th May 2021

Here's a view up the tower from Lionel Street in the Jewellery Quarter, near Ludgate Hill. It would be another three months before they got back up to finish the BT logos.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BT Tower (May 2021) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown..

 

21st June 2021

View of the BT Tower from St Paul's Square with St Paul's Church. At the time, this side of the BT Tower still just had the blue circle.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Pauls JQ (Jun 2021) (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

14th July 2021

The view of the BT Tower from Ladywood Middleway. Still just the lone "T" from the Ladywood view.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BT Tower Lwd Mway 14072021.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

23rd July 2021

This view is as you come off the M6 motorway, Junction 6 at Spaghetti Junction  (Gravelly Hill Interchange) onto the Aston Expressway, A38(M).  On the skyline you could see The Mercian and the BT Tower (still without a visible "BT" at this point).

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Mercian AXSJ 23072021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

27th July 2021

A view of the BT Tower from the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal near Ludgate Hill in the Jewellery Quarter.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/IMG_2275b_BTTW.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Daniel Sturley..

 

7th August 2021

Scaffolding goes up at the top of the BT Tower and there is now visible ropes from there to the bottom of the tower. Work finally resumes to finish replacing the BT Tower's logo.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/IMG_3839b_BTTW.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

13th August 2021

The Library of Birmingham reopens the Discovery Terrace (Level 3) and Secret Garden (Level 7) to visitors. It was now possible to see the BT Tower from both terraces. This view taken from the Secret Garden. The last time you would see the "T Tower" before the end of the month with Three Snowhill (which already had it's "BT" logos).

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BT Tower LoB 13082021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

30th August 2021

In the last weeks of August, engineers returned to the BT Tower to attach the remaining letters to both sides of the building. Some of the scaffolding above had also been removed. This view taken from Great Charles Street Queensway.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BT Tower 30082021 (7).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

4th September 2021

A quick late afternoon visit to the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham, just before closing provides an opportunity to capture the BT Tower again from up high, now with the completed new logo.

dndimg alt="BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BT Tower 04092021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

11th September 2021

A view from the Isaac Tongue Junction in Northfield at Bell Hill. Near the A38 (Sir Herbert Austin Way and Bristol Road South) of The Bank (tower 2), The Mercian and the BT Tower. A distance of about 6 and a half miles for this photo. The new BT logo only visible on a zoom camera (not with the naked eye from that distance).

dndimg alt="Bank Mercian BT Tower" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/The Bank The Mercian BT Tower Northfield 11092021.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

We hope you enjoyed this post from Birmingham We Are.

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Elliott Brown People & community
07 Sep 2021 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Library of Birmingham ready for volunteers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

From the 6th September 2021 until December, people who applied to be volunteers at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games can show up for an interview (if they have been invited). They will go to the Library of Birmingham. The Library Cafe and half of Level 2 have been taken over. Photos taken by Elliott Brown on the 4th September 2021 before closing time.

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Library of Birmingham ready for volunteers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games





From the 6th September 2021 until December, people who applied to be volunteers at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games can show up for an interview (if they have been invited). They will go to the Library of Birmingham. The Library Cafe and half of Level 2 have been taken over. Photos taken by Elliott Brown on the 4th September 2021 before closing time.


Let the Games Begin! Enter via the door at Centenary Square, to what used to be the Library Cafe at the Library of Birmingham.

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As you can see Birmingham 2022 has taken over the space of the Library Cafe.

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As well as the Mezzannine floor (which is above the Library Cafe space).

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Commonwealth Games banners have been placed inside of the Library foyer area on the ground floor.

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Head up the escalators to Level 2. Note that the you might have to walk up the escalator from Level's 1 to 2, or use the lifts.

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Be at the Heart of it. If you are applying to be a volunteer, head this way to your interview. Good luck.

dndimg alt="Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BCCG2022 LoB 04092021 (8).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Information about the Legacy Programmes and the Queen's Baton Relay. The relay last went into Birmingham's Centenary Square during 2014 (ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games).

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Meet the mascot, Perry the Bull.

dndimg alt="Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BCCG2022 LoB 04092021 (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

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

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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
05 Sep 2021 - Elliott Brown
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'Gratitude' - A tribute to NHS staff and key workers held in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham

Elliott Brown, a regular contributor at Birmingham We Are, got chance to experience Gratitude, a tribute to NHS staff and key workers, before it was moved to Manchester. The tribute consisted of 51 sculptures and was curated by creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes.

If you missed the event, don't worry you can still enjoy Elliott's gallery with us here!

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'Gratitude' - A tribute to NHS staff and key workers held in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham





Elliott Brown, a regular contributor at Birmingham We Are, got chance to experience Gratitude, a tribute to NHS staff and key workers, before it was moved to Manchester. The tribute consisted of 51 sculptures and was curated by creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes.

If you missed the event, don't worry you can still enjoy Elliott's gallery with us here!


Gratitude was an event held by Wild in Art in Chamberlain Square, at Paradise Birmingham, which ran from the 20th to 30th August 2021. It has now moved on to Manchester and will then move on to Edinburgh and London. It pays tribute to NHS staff and keyworkers during the pandemic.

There were 51 "Lockdown Oscars" displayed in Chamberlain Square close to the Chamberlain Memorial.

The display had mirrors around it and it was curated by creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes.

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dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude Chamberlain Sq 20082021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The gallery below includes 22 photos taken at Gratitude Lockdown Oscars.  Enjoy!

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'Gratitude' has now moved to St Peter's Square in Manchester.

In Autumn 2021, the sculptures will be auctioned with proceeds going to NHS Charities Together.

Wesleyan was one of the main sponsors of the event.

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

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
04 Sep 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of The Mercian - September 2021

Some of the parapet cladding extension has been installed and the east facing side is tantalisingly close to external completion. Photos from mid August to 4th September in this construction photo update.

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The Construction of The Mercian - September 2021





Some of the parapet cladding extension has been installed and the east facing side is tantalisingly close to external completion. Photos from mid August to 4th September in this construction photo update.


18th August

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

20th August

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25th August

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26th August

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28th August

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30th August

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31st August

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4th September

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

There are now over 1400 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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26 Aug 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August 2021 - Update Two

An interesting construction photo gallery of One Centenary Way, all taken from the 'Secret Garden' atop the Library on 14th August.

The building is just over half way up and now level with Two Chamberlain Square.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August 2021 - Update Two





An interesting construction photo gallery of One Centenary Way, all taken from the 'Secret Garden' atop the Library on 14th August.

The building is just over half way up and now level with Two Chamberlain Square.

Click View Article to view the gallery.


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Photography by Daniel Sturley

See more in the full gallery here: One Centenary Way Construction Photography

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