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Construction & regeneration
12 Jul 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - July 2019

Bank Tower Two is very close to fully clad now with the external lifts on the west side removed. Great colours in the sunlight contrasting with Tower One's more bronze and gold exterior.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - July 2019





Bank Tower Two is very close to fully clad now with the external lifts on the west side removed. Great colours in the sunlight contrasting with Tower One's more bronze and gold exterior.

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Birmingham developments overview map


Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
11 Jul 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - July 2019

Construction continues at a frenetic pace with the steel structure complete and the hexagon sub-cladding and windows installed half way up. Follow the post for more striking images from Stephen and Daniel.

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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - July 2019





Construction continues at a frenetic pace with the steel structure complete and the hexagon sub-cladding and windows installed half way up. Follow the post for more striking images from Stephen and Daniel.

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Images by Stephen Giles

Photos by Daniel Sturley

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
11 Jul 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - June 2019

Construction photo update for Two Chamberlain Square which is nearing external completion.

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - June 2019





Construction photo update for Two Chamberlain Square which is nearing external completion.

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11 Jul 2019 - Karl Newton
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The new Centenary Square

Here are some photographs I took of the new look Centenary Square in Birmingham.

I love the beautiful inner city space it has created with greenery and bences etc which is fast becoming a lunch hotspot for many office staff in the city.

The thing I love most is the amount of joy the new water feature is bringing to young and old, joy seldom seen in this dark world.

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The new Centenary Square





Here are some photographs I took of the new look Centenary Square in Birmingham.

I love the beautiful inner city space it has created with greenery and bences etc which is fast becoming a lunch hotspot for many office staff in the city.

The thing I love most is the amount of joy the new water feature is bringing to young and old, joy seldom seen in this dark world.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Transport
11 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham Airport Arrivals and Departures

Arriving by taxi, bus or the air rail link at Birmingham Airport. And heading off on your summer holiday. Check your suitcase in. Go up to security and the departure lounge / duty free. Hello World. Off to France or Italy or Spain? Anywhere else? Come back a week later to a waiting taxi to take you home. 

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Birmingham Airport Arrivals and Departures





Arriving by taxi, bus or the air rail link at Birmingham Airport. And heading off on your summer holiday. Check your suitcase in. Go up to security and the departure lounge / duty free. Hello World. Off to France or Italy or Spain? Anywhere else? Come back a week later to a waiting taxi to take you home. 


Birmingham Airport opened in July 1939, so in July 2019 it is now 80 years old. Originally as Elmdon Airport. The new terminal buildings opened in 1984 originally as Terminal 1 and 2, but it's now just one terminal, and was previously called Birmingham International Airport. The terminals merged in 2011, while the runway extension opened in 2014. The new Air Traffic Control Tower was opened in 2013.

There is a pair of finger posts outside of the Birmingham Airport Terminal buildings and near the car parks. You would see them if you get out of a taxi, or off the bus. This one for the Midlands destinations, so more for holiday makers from overseas coming into Birmingham. From Birmingham to Oxfordshire and beyond! Seen in November 2015.

But if you are heading overseas to mainland Europe, then how many miles or kilometers are your destinations? Listed here from Berlin to Paris and Dublin. Seen during February 2017.

Getting out of the taxi with your suitcase around this area. So was a bit awkward stopping to take photos of the Airport buildings. Departures are normally to the far right of here. These views from June 2012.

Then again if you are arriving back at Birmingham Airport, you might exit via these doors, heading to your taxi or bus. The taxi rank is to the left. While local buses stop at stops to the right.

Hello World. You may see this sign and some other languages before you head in to the check in desks for your airline.

The bus stops at Birmingham Airport. The X1 runs between Birmingham and Coventry. The X12 between Solihull and Birmingham via Chelmsley Wood. National Express coaches also stop near here. Seen here during February 2017. Hotels nearby here as well.

Hello World. Welcome to Birmingham Airport. Seen during November 2015. You can't yet fly into the Earth's orbit. Just above the clouds.

The Hello World sign was near the then Thomson Airways check in desks. They are now TUI. Put your suitcase on the conveyor belt, and it will be weighed, and the staff member will put a tag on your bag, and scan your passport. Plus print off your boarding pass!

The fastest way from A to Flybe. Once you are done with checking in your luggage, you can head up to Departures this way. Passengers only. Get ready for security. Once you have passed through there, Duty Free is next then the large Departures lounge. You may end up waiting up to 2 hours before you get onto your plane.

Saw this during June 2017, while checking into the Flybe desks. Jet2 Holidays had a 22KG baggage limit for your hold luggage. If you go with Ryanair, we found that you had to print off your boarding passes in advance, and pay extra to have your hand luggage in the overhead lockers as Priority booking. Also found in May 2019, that we had to use the e-check-in machines (meaning we had to scan our passport ourselves and print off the label for the suitcase). Birmingham Airport also has e-Gates for your passports, but not on every side. Coming back with Ryanair, was the normal Border Control manned gates / desks. But used e-gates over in Barcelona Airport.

The check in desks for Lufthansa and Swiss - Economy Class. This was the view from Caffe Nero during November 2018. At the far end was Qatar Airways.

It was June 2018 and saw this as I left the Departures Lounge heading to get my Jet2.com plane. Friendly low fares. I had the aisle seat, so was unable to get windows out of the plane window on the way to Italy (but got a window seat on the way back). You usually have to wait until the gate is announced, so sit around and wait, before queuing up.

Near the area for the Flybe and Jet2 gates was another Duty Free. Much smaller than the bigger one between Security and the Departures Lounge. A much smaller World of Duty Free. Seen June 2017. There is also a bar around here, and another Costa Coffee. We would only get something from Duty Free overseas, not here at Birmingham!

In June 2012, just on my Thomson Airways plane, saw the new Air Traffic Control Tower in the distance from the plane window. It had the Olympic Rings on it, while London had the London 2012 Olympic Games on (later taken down after the games had finished).

It was the beginning of July 2018, and had just come back to Birmingham Airport in the late evening after dark. To these wonderful lights, that I saw before heading to the right to get a taxi back home. You can also head left to the buses and Air Rail Link (it closes at a certain time of night).

The Birmingham Airport sign at Arrivals after dark. Looking peaceful, and not many people about by the looks of it.

Birmingham Airport started here at the Elmdon Airport building back in 1939! Seen from the X1 NXWM Platinum bus during February 2017. It is now a Grade II listed building Elmdon Terminal Building, Birmingham Airport since August 2018. Hopefully it will get some use in the future.

Decided to add planes to a future post rather than this one! Also you can arrive at Birmingham International Station by train, before heading to the airport and getting your plane!

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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