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BirminghamWeAre

A City for All

BirminghamWeAre is a community devoted to social value, providing a shared space for people who make a difference and together have a positive social impact across the City.

Launch date: August 2018
Combined FreeTimePays following: 101K


Community sponsors:

Construction & regeneration
10 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

Introducing 'Map and Track' from It's Your Build

‘We’re all about connecting People and Community with Place, Construction and great Architecture for maximum Social Impact’

Take the post for details on 'Map and Track'.

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Introducing 'Map and Track' from It's Your Build





‘We’re all about connecting People and Community with Place, Construction and great Architecture for maximum Social Impact’

Take the post for details on 'Map and Track'.


“Map & Track” is a community engagement package run on several on-line communities powered by digital tech specialists, FreeTimePays. 

This is all part of a digital drive to connect more communities with their built environment and connect more developers, construction companies and architects with people who live and work in the places where they are building.

Social impact and the way the industry and its members can demonstrate the social value to the community resulting from the build is shaping many decisions today. “Map and Track” is all about building community connections that drive social value and create even greater social impact for the benefit of all.

Why Birmingham? Why the built environment?

Birmingham is a City undergoing huge change.  People want to know what’s up, what’s going up and what’s in the stage of being planned. 

There is an increasing number of people in Birmingham who enjoy modern architecture and love to follow the builds as they take shape. These are all people who, through their passion, enthusiasm and interest, can play an important role in shaping the future for the industry and encourage others to get involved.

Birmingham was an obvious place to launch our first digital space for connecting community with construction and construction with community.

“Map & Track” gives developers, architects and construction companies an effective way to engage and connect with people with shared values and it gives community an effective way of getting involved.

Over 100,000 people now follow a FreeTimePays community and our built environment sites and associated maps are now regular visited by people as a source of information, ideas and even inspiration. That’s just for Birmingham!

Starting with Birmingham, we have set up multiple accounts on traditional social media channels and this drives our huge and growing following.  For example, visit the largest twitter account of its type at https://twitter.com/BirminghamWeAre and our new dedicated account for builds at https://twitter.com/BuildsWeAre

We are currently rolling out a number of dedicated domains powered by FreeTimePays digital technology on which will sit our ‘Map and Track’ application.

www.ItsyourBuild.com

covering the built environment as a passion.

www.BirminghamWeAre.com

covering the built environment as one of over 20 passions.

www.ArchitectureAndUs.com

early in design but will feature builds of architectural value to Birmingham.

All of the above are featuring projects that use “Map and Track”.

Costs

“Map & Track” will ensure that information about your company, your property and your values (as well as links to contacts and websites) reaches more people and helps attract and grow a large following for you and your builds.

Costs start at £500 per annum per property featured (discounted for multiple properties) and your brand will appear prominently with every property featured.

Step by step, this is how it works!

Step 1

JOIN our community as an individual and/or organisation.

First, we’ll get you and your organisation listed at ItsYourBuild and other communities as appropriate.

Register HERE.

Step 2

We’ll SET UP your build(s) and project(s) for all followers to see.

This could be a new build, an existing property, an example of great architecture, or a feature you’d like to run with community contributors such as a photography tour, a ‘did you know’ series, a topic for a survey or a debate.

Select your interest and tell us more HERE

If it’s a new build, then our team may already be featuring it at Itsyourbuild and we can move forward several steps, attach your branding and engage our followers in the build.

Step 3

MAP the project.

If the project relates to a new or existing build where the application process has been followed, then it should already be included on the Birmingham development map we share with our partners Greater Birmingham Developments. If not, it will now be added.

We will now create a site view with a link to take viewers and followers to your property on the map.

Step 4

Add your BRAND.

In partnership with yourselves, we will now ensure your brand is attached to the project. These images, such as the company logo, will subsequently appear on all posts and all material that you sign off prior to it being published.

Add the brands and images you want to see here and promote the project partnership, collaboration and any community links.

Step 5

We’ll create the first POST with links to your PROJECT.

The first introductory post will tell viewers about the project. We’ll do all the work and we will inform you at all stages.

If the project is to tell people about a build, then we would suggest this includes all content that will help promote the build and the organisations involved, the developer, the architect and the contractor. Let’s include those great artist’s impressions as well.

Step 6

Publish through all appropriate channels.

You’ll be given complete digital access to all content via the FreeTimePays unique Community Workspace, so you can be involved as much or as little as you wish in the creation of posts.

Once you’re happy, we’ll publish and link the post and article to all social media and direct message accounts for maximum exposure.

We’re now up and running and connected to community!

From here, we can discuss your on-going needs and support your community engagement in whatever way you require. 

All for £500 per annum, we’ll add and create ...

Photos, videos, etc building a huge bank of useful and informative content.

Images and build your gallery with the support of our contributors.

Web and URL links to content of your choice.

Multiple posts to drive social media coverage.

Regular content for inclusion in our e-news.

We can also discuss with you ...

Inviting our community contributors to actively participate.

Opening up photo opportunities and visits for creative contributors to attend.

Engaging our community in surveys, polls and discussions.

There is so much we can offer and so many ways we can engage community.

 

For further details and discuss your requirements:

Jonathan Bostock, ItsyourBuild co-ordinator for FreeTimePays

e: jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com

t: 0121 410 5520

m: 07432 637322

ItsYourBuild

‘We’re all about connecting People and Community with Place, Construction and great Architecture for maximum Social Impact’

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Art, culture & creativity
07 Jun 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Did you know?

Kings Norton, Birmingham and 'Thomas The Tank Engine' - Did you know?

St Nicolas' Church in The Green at Kings Norton was home to Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher who were the authors of the original 'Thomas the Tank Engine' stories. It is a beautiful church with amazing grounds and is also the site of St Nicolas Place and the Old Grammar School, both 15th Century structures. Here a gallery of recent photos around the grounds.

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Kings Norton, Birmingham and 'Thomas The Tank Engine' - Did you know?





St Nicolas' Church in The Green at Kings Norton was home to Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher who were the authors of the original 'Thomas the Tank Engine' stories. It is a beautiful church with amazing grounds and is also the site of St Nicolas Place and the Old Grammar School, both 15th Century structures. Here a gallery of recent photos around the grounds.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Photography
07 Jun 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

10 years on Flickr and photos published in the Birmingham Post & Mail

I joined Flickr in June 2009 and have been a member of the Birmingham Post & Mail Flickr group since then. In that time I have had hundreds of photos published in the Birmingham Mail Flickr page. And sometimes in the Birmingham Post! Here a small selection of my photos used in the newspaper! 

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10 years on Flickr and photos published in the Birmingham Post & Mail





I joined Flickr in June 2009 and have been a member of the Birmingham Post & Mail Flickr group since then. In that time I have had hundreds of photos published in the Birmingham Mail Flickr page. And sometimes in the Birmingham Post! Here a small selection of my photos used in the newspaper! 


To date I have had over 140 photos published in the Birmingham Mail Flickr page over the last 10 years. So here I will show you around 11 of the best (link below to my album on Flickr). In the Birmingham Post it's less frequent so around 20 photos in 10 years! On Flickr I have a Pro account where I have had over 140 million views on my photos! Occasionally some may end up on Flickr Explore. Flickr is now owned by SmugMug and has just moved servers. Former owner was Yahoo! You can add about 5 photos to the Birmingham Post & Mail group on Flickr a day, and one of the groups admins will choose photos to be used in the paper (if they have space). Sometimes photos posted to the group months or years ago maybe chosen!

 

You can see my album of photos published in the Birmingham Mail here Published in the Birmingham Mail.

2009

My first photo published in the Birmingham Mail was of this June 2009 photo of the Boulton, Watt & Murdoch statue from the back on Broad Street. Used during early July 2009. I actually saw it in the Birmingham Mail Extra (at the time a free newspaper that you got through the door).

2010

My 7th photo used in the Birmingham Mail Flickr page was of this photo of The Cube taken and then used during July 2010. The year that The Cube opened!

2011

My 9th photo in the Birmingham Mail. In the first few years it was not as frequent as it is now. The Public was a free arts venue in West Bromwich. I visited during early April 2011 (getting the Midland Metro to West Bromwich Central from Birmingham Snow Hill). It was in the Birmingham Mail Extra in the middle of April 2011.

2012

There used to be this shark sculpture above a scuba diving shop (no longer there now) on the Haslucks Green Road in Shirley, Solihull. Taken April 2012. Was used in May 2012 in the Birmingham Mail and was my 12th photo in the paper. Each day a Flickr photo was in the middle of the readers letter page of the paper. This continued for a few years until the admin from the Birmingham Mail Flickr changed. If you go past this shop now, you would just see a blank space!

2013

The first time I got photos of abseilers going down Selfridges was during March 2013. Back then the building wasn't missing any discs. I assume that they were cleaning the discs? But this is a regular occurance now. These days I wonder if they are removing discs or replacing discs (when will the missing discs be replaced?). My 17th photo in the Birmingham Mail (within the letters page) used during April 2013.

2014

The first Sunday of the month was free entry so visited Blakesley Hall in Yardley at the beginning of August 2014. This was The Little Parlour. Photo number 26, it was in the Birmingham Mail during October 2014, in the readers letters page.

2015

Suit of armour drummer seen at Fair Deal Music on Smallbrook Queensway during March 2015. They have since moved to Holloway Head. Was my 33rd photo in the Birmingham Mail (in the readers letters page) during July 2015.

2016

My visit to Kidderminster during September 2016, and I saw a guitar on the statue of Sir Rowland Hill, near Kidderminster Town Hall. Was photo no 45 in the Birmingham Mail Your Flickr photos page during October 2016.

2017

The Bear Grill pub sign in Stafford during a visit to the town in March 2017. Was in the Birmingham Mail Your Flickr photos page during April 2017 and was my 55th photo in the paper. It was a replica made in 1972, based on the original from before 1793.  It was carved by Kenneth Thompson. The original bear being over 200 years old, rotted away and smashed to pieces in 1970.

2018

Kenilworth Station opened at the end of April 2018, and I visited the newly opened station during early May 2018. this was photo no 108 in the Birmingham Mail Your Flickr photos page during late May 2018. At the time they originally had Class 153 single carriage trains from Leamington Spa to Coventry. The line now has Class 172/0 trains from Leamington Spa through to Nuneaton via Coventry!

2019

Been a bit of a dry spell in the Birmingham Mail Flickr page for me during 2019. But have had some in the page, but not as much as previous years. Tulips seen from the Warwick Road in Acocks Green outside of St Mary the Virgin Church during April 2019. Was photo no 146 in the Birmingham Mail Your Flickr photos page in May 2019.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown.

My Flickr is here ell brown.

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Construction & regeneration
06 Jun 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - June 2019

Some of the cladding has been installed to the top and is starting to show how the tower will reflect the sunlight, the top two floors having more stripes than the rest and are larger, higher floors.

Map of the site

Birmingham developments overview map

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - June 2019





Some of the cladding has been installed to the top and is starting to show how the tower will reflect the sunlight, the top two floors having more stripes than the rest and are larger, higher floors.

Map of the site

Birmingham developments overview map


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Photography
05 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Gallery

75 wonderful photos of Poppies on this very special day - the 75th anniversary of D-Day!

Our great photographers from Birmingham have really pulled out the stops and together compiled this amazing gallery of 75 photos of poppies on this special 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Thanks to Barry Whitehead, Kev Maslin, Pete Davies, Karl Newton, Chris Fletcher, Elliott Brown and Damien Walmsley, our talented photographers. We hope you enjoy their work!

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75 wonderful photos of Poppies on this very special day - the 75th anniversary of D-Day!





Our great photographers from Birmingham have really pulled out the stops and together compiled this amazing gallery of 75 photos of poppies on this special 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Thanks to Barry Whitehead, Kev Maslin, Pete Davies, Karl Newton, Chris Fletcher, Elliott Brown and Damien Walmsley, our talented photographers. We hope you enjoy their work!


With special thanks to our amazing photographers from Birmingham:

Barry Whitehead, Kev Maslin, Pete Davies, Karl Newton, Chris Fletcher, Elliott Brown and Damien Walmsley. 

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