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15 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Armistice Day at the Hall of Memory in Centenary Square (11th November 2019)

For the first time since Centenary Square reopened, it was now possible to have an Armistice Day morning service at the Hall of Memory. Also for the first time in front of Ice Skate Birmingham. Getting ready for the two minutes silence at 11am, men in uniform going around with flags. I approached from Centenary Way and left near Baskerville House.

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Armistice Day at the Hall of Memory in Centenary Square (11th November 2019)





For the first time since Centenary Square reopened, it was now possible to have an Armistice Day morning service at the Hall of Memory. Also for the first time in front of Ice Skate Birmingham. Getting ready for the two minutes silence at 11am, men in uniform going around with flags. I approached from Centenary Way and left near Baskerville House.


Heading past Paradise Birmingham onto Centenary Way, I was popping into Centenary Square near the Hall of Memory as the service on the 11th November 2019 was getting underway in the shadow of Ice Skate Birmingham (seen behind).

The first Armistice Day service to take place in Centenary Square in perhaps 3 years (the Hall of Memory was closed off while the square was being redeveloped and at the time the Book of Remembrance was moved to the Library of Birmingham).

Uniformed veterans carry flags around the Hall of Memory.

People pause as they watch the ceremony taking place.

It has changed so much around the Hall of Memory in the last 10 years. The only buildings that were there back then was the Hyatt Hotel, Symphony Hall, The ICC, The REP and Baskerville House. Now we have HSBC UK at 1 Centenary Square and the Library of Birmingham. Ice Skate Birmingham is temporary and will be here until early January 2020.

A uniformed officer and a man in a suit with a trumpet.

The men with flags have now passed to the right side of the Hall of Memory.

I didn't stick around, but ended up in Birmingham New Street Station at 11am when there was a two minutes silence there.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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14 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Rookery Park in Erdington: once the site of Erdington Town Hall

I initally went past Rookery Park in Erdington back in January 2019 on Wood End Road, and have only just got around to having a look round the park in November 2019. Was very autumnal on my visit. Rookery House is derelict and under scaffolding. Hopefully the house is being restored. There is also a couple of derelict toilet buildings in the park, boarded up covered in graffiti.

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Rookery Park in Erdington: once the site of Erdington Town Hall





I initally went past Rookery Park in Erdington back in January 2019 on Wood End Road, and have only just got around to having a look round the park in November 2019. Was very autumnal on my visit. Rookery House is derelict and under scaffolding. Hopefully the house is being restored. There is also a couple of derelict toilet buildings in the park, boarded up covered in graffiti.


Rookery Park is a small park located in Erdington between Wood End Road and Western Road. You can catch the no 11A or 11C buses to the park. The park is bounded by Kingsbury Road to the east and Rollason Road to the west.

Some history taken from Rookery Park and House, Birmingham, which by the looks of it was taken from Bill Dargue - Erdington's page.

The house in Rookery Park was originally known as Birches Green House. Built in the early Georgian period around 1730 by Birmingham ironmaster Abraham Spooner. He moved to Elmdon Hall in 1760 and his son Isaac and family lived here until Abraham's death in 1789 when they moved to Elmdon. William Wilberforce planned his antislavery campaigns in this park. He married a member of the family Dorothy Spooner. Later Birmingham's first Tory MP, Richard Spooner was born here in 1783.

The glass manufacturer Brueton Gibbons lived in Rookery House from 1816. From 1871 the house was leased by William Wiley. Rookery House became Erdington's Council House after 1894 until 1911 when Erdington became part of Birmingham.

The Council had used it until about 2008 for council services, but in recent years it's become derelict. Now under scaffolding, the house is being converted into flats.

 

I first passed the park on Wood End Road in January 2019, but a Asian wedding party was there for their photos, so I didn't enter at this time. Took me until November 2019 until I actually travelled back to Erdington.

January 2019

Just passing the park as I walked up Wood End Road towards the Erdington High Street. A wedding car was on the road, and was an Asian wedding party there for their photos, so I didn't want to disturb them, so carried on up the road.

Saw this derelict gents building behind fences, the doors boarded up. The window frames rotten. I don't think it's changed condition in the last year or so.

November 2019

Entered the park via the gate on Wood End Road in Erdington, I had just seen an Emirates Airbus A380 coming into land at Birmingham Airport (missing getting the photo by the time I entered the park). I took the right path towards Rookery House.

Leaves on the lawn, trees shedded their leaves. Not too bad at this point as it was before the forecast rain.

Looking very autumnal as I headed round the path.

Another old toilet block. All the doors and windows were bricked up, and covered in recent graffiti.

First look at Rookery House. I was hoping to see it looking like it's former self. Maybe after the restoration is complete.

A formal garden in front of the house. But nothing much in the flower beds at this time of the year. Like Pype Hayes Park, I hope that the house is fully restored, and perhaps given a use to the public. As flats it would be for private residents.

Then I saw this playground to the left.

Heading up the path towards Western Road. Car park to the right.

Looking back at the field of leaves and trees. My path taken was on the left.

Just before exiting at Western Road, pair of paths. I used the one on the left. Another path on the right also leads back to Wood End Road.

From here, checking Google Maps, left Western Road via Rollason Road and Church Road. Leading to the Erdington High Street. After a coffee stop, I went towards Erdington Station, but the rain started by then. Another possible park to visit it Witton Lakes Park, if the weather is better.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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14 Nov 2019 - Stephen Giles
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St Martin's Place, Birmingham - November 2019 update from It's Your Build

Seven Capital's 'St Martin's Place' continues to rise on Broad Street. With interesting construction methods, the development has largely been manufactured off-site. Check Stephen's latest picture update and check the phenomenal progress over the past few months.

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St Martin's Place, Birmingham - November 2019 update from It's Your Build





Seven Capital's 'St Martin's Place' continues to rise on Broad Street. With interesting construction methods, the development has largely been manufactured off-site. Check Stephen's latest picture update and check the phenomenal progress over the past few months.


Building works here have rapidly blossomed in the space of six months or so. Whilst other developments take time to get out of the ground, St. Martin's Place is already close to topping out.

HOW?

Thanks to pre-cast offsite manufacturing being back in fashion and new technology being implemented, the pre-cast exterior is being designed, manufactured and assembled offsite by Creagh Concrete, who are using their popular fast-track building method called 'Rapidres', before assembling on-site. It's almost lego-esque.

These include the external sandwich panels you see today, which feature both a smooth and a brick finish, along with internal walls, stairs, lift shaft and flooring.

It's an ideal method for multi-storey projects where the layout is replicated across each floor, with the same method used at 'Aston Place' at Arena Central & The Lansdowne on Hagley Road.

With this method in mind, take a look at the difference five months makes.

APRIL 19 2019:

Photos by Stephen Giles

JUNE 1: 

Photo by Stephen Giles

THIS WEEK - NOVEMBER 11+

Photos by Stephen Giles

Photos by Tom Grunt

The project is being developed by Seven Capital, has been designed by BDG Architects, and is being built by Colmore Tang Construction.

Once complete, it'll sit at 17-storeys, and will feature a total of 
228 residential apartments - comprising 118 one, 105 two and 5 three beds.

These 'super deluxe apartments' will also include shared facilities with the adjacent Park Regis Hotel, including a state-of-the-art gym, cafe, private cinema and 24-hour on-site concierge service.

Six commercial units are proposed at ground floor level. A landscaped courtyard, sat above the car park, sits on the upper floors and will provide a beacon of peace and quiet in an otherwise bustling city.

& HOW IT'LL LOOK ONCE COMPLETE:

Artists Impressions by B|D|G Architects

Words by Stephen Giles

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Construction & regeneration
13 Nov 2019 - Stephen Giles
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103 Colmore Row - Steel up to 4th floor! - See our Nov 2019 update

Lots more progress on the lower steel structure on this build, which has now reached the fourth floor! Take the link for a our thorough weekly picture update from Daniel, Stephen & Tom.

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103 Colmore Row - Steel up to 4th floor! - See our Nov 2019 update





Lots more progress on the lower steel structure on this build, which has now reached the fourth floor! Take the link for a our thorough weekly picture update from Daniel, Stephen & Tom.


Photos by Stephen Giles

Photos by Tom Grunt

 

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Photography
12 Nov 2019 - Karl Newton
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The wonderful colour changes of Autumn

Karl 'people with passion' shares his wonderful Autumnal photography. The beautiful rich vibrant colours of Autumn.

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The wonderful colour changes of Autumn





Karl 'people with passion' shares his wonderful Autumnal photography. The beautiful rich vibrant colours of Autumn.


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