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History & heritage
14 Sep 2020 - FreeTimePays
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Introducing The Library of Birmingham

So much to explore at The Library of Birmingham,  The Library opened in September 2013 and is most certainly an Icon of Birmingham and one of the most photographed places in the City.  

There is so much our community want to share with you so for posts, photography, maps and all things Library of Birmingham take the related link. 

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History & heritage
14 Sep 2020 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Objects in cages at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre

It's Birmingham Heritage Week again, but I'm not likely to go anywhere and most events are online. So lets look back to the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre from two open days I've been to in the past. First room you look around has all these cages with objects to look at. But hard to get your lens behind the bars if you have a big camera. Anything from masks to old cameras.

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Objects in cages at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre





It's Birmingham Heritage Week again, but I'm not likely to go anywhere and most events are online. So lets look back to the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre from two open days I've been to in the past. First room you look around has all these cages with objects to look at. But hard to get your lens behind the bars if you have a big camera. Anything from masks to old cameras.


Click here for my previous posts from the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre:

 

When you first arrive at 25 Dollman Street in Nechells, the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre. The first room you go into has objects in cages in both the ground floor and the first floor. When taking photos, it is hard to get your lens behind the bars (don't even try), to get an image of the object behind. Many objects from the collection of the Council (now Birmingham Museums Trust), where there is no room at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery or at other City museum venues such as Thinktank. Unless they go on a special exhibition at BM & AG.

Open Day on Sunday 13th May 2012

Old toy cars. Possibly part of the collection of Chad Valley of Harborne.

Old helmets. Could be old Policemen helmets.

Ancient Chinese (or Japanese) ceremonial armour .

Very old clocks. Scales at the front.

Model engines.

Collection of old cameras. Pollaroid and Kodak (I think).

Who knows maybe one day your camera will end up in here? Halina in the middle.

Cameras with wooden bodies. These could be well over a century old.

There was a lot of these old cameras.

A coat of arms shield.

Was plenty of old dolls in the cages as well.

More vintage car toys and motorbikes. Some of them ended up in an exhibition at Thinktank. Chad Valley of Harborne.

Up on the first floor. Miniature bust of King Henry VIII and King Charles II.

This was a Ceramic figure of a man.

Open Day on Sunday 16th September 2018

This was on the last day of Birmingham Heritage Week. Where I caught a vintage bus from Snow Hill Queensway to BMCC.

Carrier bag from The Birmingham Shopping Centre. This was what later became The Pallasades (now Grand Central Birmingham).

Cadbury chocolate bars. Dairy Milk, Whole Nut and Fruit & Nut. Probably decades old, so don't eat them!

Was also a couple of old boxes of Cadbury's Roses Chocolates.

Lamp sculptures. Candle stick holders.

Another old clock.

Maquette of the Forward sculpture that used to be in Centenary Square from 1991 until it was burnt by an arsonist in 2003.

Luckily this original Forward maquette by Raymond Mason survives in the cages at BMCC.

Death Mask of Oliver Cromwell.

Bronze bust of Frederic Lord Leighton by Thomas Brock.

Sri Lanka Masks.

There was a wide variety of these Sri Lankan masks in the collection.

This Sri Lankan mask at the back of the cage was quite big.

In here was a ZX Spectrum - ZX Microdrive.

Also a couple of joysticks with a keyboard and mouse.

This is only a small selection. For more photos check out my album on Flickr.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
14 Sep 2020 - Stephen Giles
Gallery

Construction of The Oynx - April 2018- September 2020

The Oynx is in the final stages of completion, with students now moving into the building.

Stephen, Reiss, and Alan have followed this landmark student development every step of the way - dating back to April 2018. For all the images, including details on the project & renders, hit the post below.

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Construction of The Oynx - April 2018- September 2020





The Oynx is in the final stages of completion, with students now moving into the building.

Stephen, Reiss, and Alan have followed this landmark student development every step of the way - dating back to April 2018. For all the images, including details on the project & renders, hit the post below.


Construction is reaching its climax at The Oynx - a 1,025 bed purpose built student accommodation development located at Lancaster Circus.

Reaching 24 storeys (76m), the development sits on one of the most prominent sites in this area of the city, with close access to both Aston and Birmingham City Universities.

The scheme comprises two separate builds of 9-13 and 24 storeys, with extensive shared spaces available, including common rooms, study zones, health and fitness areas, and a cinema and living room on the 24th floor - offering views over the city.

An external communal amenity space is also provided within a central courtyard area opening out onto the south of the site.

Zero car parking provision has been allocated, however, a dedicated pick-up/drop-off area will be provided on Vesey Street.

In terms of bicycle storage, 256 secure spaces will be located on the lower ground floor.

Artists Impressions from Urban Innovations.

The development is being developed by MRP - the property and investment division of McAleer & Rushe. Urban Innovations are the architect of record, with AIG Global Real Estate forward funding the scheme to the tune of £100m - the largest PBSA deal in the UK, as well as the highest value deal outside of London.

LATEST UPDATE

September 12-13 2020:

Students are now moving into the building. There's still a few more tweaks to go before this one is completed! Also, a large 'To Let' sign hangs on the ground floor which could potentially offer some much needed commercial activity into the area.

September 4-10:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

JulyNew signage up!

May:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

February:

Photo by Sherp.

2019

December:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

September:

Photos by Alan Webb.

August:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

June:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

March:

Photo by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

February:

Photo by John Egan.

2018

December:

September:

May:

April:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

Photos by Stephen Giles.

Words by Stephen Giles, with artists impressions from Urban Innovations.

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Environment & green action
10 Sep 2020 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Scribers Lane Site of Importance to Nature Conservation in the Shire Country Park

Beyond the Trittiford Mill Pool in the Shire Country Park is an area called Scribers Lane. It is designated as a Site of Importance to Nature Conservation (or SINC for short). It runs alongside the River Cole from Scribers Lane near Yardley Wood and Hall Green, and passes through Slade Lane. It ends on the Birmingham / Solihull border at some stepping stones. Two fords also pass through.

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Scribers Lane Site of Importance to Nature Conservation in the Shire Country Park





Beyond the Trittiford Mill Pool in the Shire Country Park is an area called Scribers Lane. It is designated as a Site of Importance to Nature Conservation (or SINC for short). It runs alongside the River Cole from Scribers Lane near Yardley Wood and Hall Green, and passes through Slade Lane. It ends on the Birmingham / Solihull border at some stepping stones. Two fords also pass through.


Scribers Lane in the Shire Country Park

Located near Hall Green and Yardley Wood is the Scribers Lane Site of Importance to Nature Conservation (also called SINC). The site runs alongside the River Cole from Scribers Lane (after the southern end of the Trittiford Mill Pool) then heads south towards Slade Lane. The site continues beyond that towards some stepping stones on a stream. If you cross over them you leave Birmingham for Solihull at Nethercote Gardens (and you can continue your walk towards Mill Lodge Park).

You can get onto Scribers Lane from Baldwins Lane in Hall Green. One end of Baldwins Lane leads to Slade Lane. The Shakespeare Line runs along the eastern side of the site, with two railway bridges that you can walk under. There are fords on Scribers Lane and Slade Lane.

2016

First walk through of Scribers Lane was during May 2016. During the May Day Bank Holiday (a walk that started from the Sarehole Mill Car Park).

Wetland near the footbridge close to Scribers Lane (what the area was named after).

A look at the wetland from the footbridge.

There was what looked like a guillotine lock on the River Cole.

Saw this heron, but the photo was not to clear as my camera focused instead on the branches.

Gates to the woodland walk.

View of the River Cole.

Cut branches to the side of the footpath.

Some planks of wood on a muddy part of the path.

Another view of the River Cole.

Got as far as Slade Lane. The fingerpost was missing the direction signs from here.

2020

A lockdown walk through Scribers Lane during May 2020. This time went further than last time (as far as the stepping stones).

A look at the River Cole from Scribers Lane.

The footbridge again this time everything around was overgrown, apart from the grass that was cut.

Lilies in the River Cole.

The trees on the other side of the river.

Hard to believe that this is in south Birmingham (but it is).

On this tree is a rope that kids can swing over.

Getting to the bridge on Slade Lane. Gate to exit to the left.

This time continued further than last time. The path was dry. May had a heatwave.

Cow parsley growing on both sides of the grass path.

Another view of the River Cole.

Was some nice natural reflections in the River Cole.

Out onto the path to the end of the nature reserve.

The stepping stones. I did stand on them, but didn't cross over the end of May 2020 (from the Nethercote Gardens side).

Close up look at the stepping stones.

That time we turned back towards the Trittiford Mill Pool.

Then back onto the normal path between Slade Lane and Scribers Lane. River Cole on the left.

Saw a red ball in the River Cole with a nice reflection.

Pair of sluice gates on the River Cole.

And the other sluice gate.

Later that month we were back in the Scribers Lane SINC having crossed over the stepping stones (on the walk from Mill Lodge Park).

The heatwave would last until the end of the month.

Blue sky and a lot of long grass.

Was a lot of long grass next to the main path from Slade Lane to Scribers Lane.

Near the end of Scribers Lane.

The guillotine lock again. After this we headed back into Scribers Lane to walk back to Mill Lodge Park.

More views of the River Cole which was quite shallow at the time.

Still cow parsley to see near the River Cole at the time.

One last look at the Scribers Lane area before crossing back over into Solihull. The suburban area near Shirley and Solihull Lodge.

Next post will be the fords on Scribers Lane and Slade Lane.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
09 Sep 2020 - Stephen Giles
Gallery

The Construction of Symphony Hall - August & Early September 2020

A superb gallery from Daniel, Elliott and Stephen in this August and early September update, with the project now on the home straight to completion!

Click the post for a new render and some exclusive interior pictures from Galliford Try Construction - many thanks to them for sharing. 

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The Construction of Symphony Hall - August & Early September 2020





A superb gallery from Daniel, Elliott and Stephen in this August and early September update, with the project now on the home straight to completion!

Click the post for a new render and some exclusive interior pictures from Galliford Try Construction - many thanks to them for sharing. 


INTERIOR UPDATE:  

The internal scaffolding has come down to reveal the new extended space that'll feature the new foyer and performance spaces. Take a look around and you'll see some cool new seating in the form of cascading stairs and integrated balconies.

All images the property of Galliford Try Construction.

AND HOW IT'LL LOOK ONCE COMPLETE:

Artist Impressions from Page/Park Architects.

EXTERIOR: 

September 5-7: 

Photos by Stephen Giles.

September 4:

August 29:

August 19: Pouring down with rain..

August 13-16:

August 7:

August 1:

Photos by Elliott Brown.

August 7-8:

Photos by Daniel Sturley.

August 3:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

'LET THE MUSIC PLAY'

PROJECT TEAM: 
DEVELOPER: Birmingham Performances Ltd
ARCHITECTS: Page\Park Architects
CONTRACTOR: Galliford Try Construction
PROJECT MANAGER: David Stanley Consulting
COST CONSULTANT: PMP Consultants
CLIENT ADVISOR: Invigour
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER: CDM Scotland
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL: Max Fordham LLP
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ARUP
ACOUSTIC: Hoare Lea
WEBSITE: https://making-an-entrance.thsh.co.uk/
Words & pictures from Stephen, with additional photos from Daniel & Elliott.
 
Artists Impressions from Page/Park Architects; Interior images from Galliford Try Construction.
 
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