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Construction & regeneration
15 Mar 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham, Cranes Across the City - March Update

Here's the latest crane photography gallery covering February and early March.

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Birmingham, Cranes Across the City - March Update





Here's the latest crane photography gallery covering February and early March.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
13 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - March 2020

The silver cladding panels on Three Arena Central (HMRC) are now on show. These have started to be fitted from the top of the building.

Workers are now in the process of installing them before peeling off their protective covers to reveal their final look. One to keep an eye on.

 

 

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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - March 2020





The silver cladding panels on Three Arena Central (HMRC) are now on show. These have started to be fitted from the top of the building.

Workers are now in the process of installing them before peeling off their protective covers to reveal their final look. One to keep an eye on.

 

 


Peeling off their protective skins to reveal shimmering, silver cladding.

Photos by Stephen Giles

8th March

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12 Mar 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Simulator Rides, customised lorries and buses in Rotunda Square at the Bullring

It's not just the Bullring Bull that you can see in Rotunda Square. Sometimes I see these lorries with Simulator rides, such as F1 or Top Gear, more recently Star Trek: Picard. Other times old buses that have custom liveries are parked up in the square. Mostly recently saw Sonic the Hedgehog on a Game / Sega related one. Other times there maybe cars on show in the square.

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Simulator Rides, customised lorries and buses in Rotunda Square at the Bullring





It's not just the Bullring Bull that you can see in Rotunda Square. Sometimes I see these lorries with Simulator rides, such as F1 or Top Gear, more recently Star Trek: Picard. Other times old buses that have custom liveries are parked up in the square. Mostly recently saw Sonic the Hedgehog on a Game / Sega related one. Other times there maybe cars on show in the square.


Rotunda Square is located at the Bullring between New Street and High Street. With the 24 Hour Route ramps linking Birmingham Moor Street Station to Birmingham New Street Station (if you want to avoid walking under the Bullring along St Martin's Queensway). There are entrances from the West Mall and East Mall leading out onto Rotunda Square.

See also my similar post on this topic from St Martin's Square.

Starting off with Heart FM. OK this first photo isn't in Rotunda Square, but on St Martin's Walk between the West and East Mall's. "Sign it to Win with Arnold Clark". Heart 100.7. This car had signatures all over it. Seen during August 2014. Possibly a Fiat 500.

I can confirm that this photo was taken in Rotunda Square. Heart Radio again. Seen during May 2015 with this red car. Heart 96-107. More Music Variety. The view towards Nationwide.

Probably the first time I saw one of these Formula 1 simulator rides in Rotunda Square during May 2015.

It was the McLaren Honda F1 simulator.

It had an image on the side of Jenson Button. Who was with McLaren at the time. He left F1 around 2016 or 2017.

The lorry filled up most of the space between Nationwide and Next. Just about space to either walk down St Martin's Walk, or head down the 24 Hour Route towards Moor Street Queensway and Birmingham Moor Street Station.

The Transformers were in Rotunda Square during August 2015 to promote the Transformers animated series: Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Although the lorry used resembled the one used in the Michael Bay Transformers movies (2007 - 2017).

The first movie Transformers came out in 2007, followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011, Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014 and Transformers: The Last Knight in 2017. There was also a Bumblebee prequel released in 2018.

The back of Optimus Prime.

A lot of people took notice of Optimus Prime as they passed by.

Was also this trailer for Transformers: Robots in Disguise. I have not seen this series.

One more side view of Optimus Prime. In 2015, I did not know at the time that the 5th movie would come out in 2017.

One year on and Optimus Prime and Transformers: Robots in Disguise was back in Rotunda Square during August 2016. This view was seen from Costa Coffee at Next. By then I knew that Transformers: The Last Knight was in production for release in the summer of 2017. Which I didn't know the year before.

I saw this old van or pick up truck during September 2015. "Celebrating 400 Years of Originality". It had old cameras to the back. In the direction of Zara Man.

From the other side towards Zara. Was obviously something camera related. But more likely to be related to the drink Grolsch. 1615-2015. It was a Chevrolet.

Saw these taxis in Rotunda square near Next during October 2015. They were there for Charlotte Tilbury - Join the Make-Up Revolution.

Later in October 2015, the BBC Top Gear Experience was in Rotunda Square.

It was a bit similar to that McLaren F1 ride that was here earlier in 2015.

It had an image of The Stig on the side of the lorry.

In November 2016, I saw this vintage London Routemaster bus on tour for Logic Pro. An Electronic Cigarette company.

This was during the Logic Tour stopping in Birmingham.  The buses licence plate no was VVS 373. I had previously seen this bus used for Virgin Holidays in St Martin's Square (see link at the top of the post to see the photos).

The backside of the bus for Logic Pro. As I tried to get all the sides that I could.

This view down St Martin's Walk, busy during the Christmas shopping season. Christmas lights were up.

Another old London Routemaster bus in Rotunda Square. This one seen during March 2017. Was for the Spring Blooms Tour. Boden Bloom & Wild. The sunshine was a bit bright on this side of the bus.

Hello Birmingham. The sunlight wasn't as bad from this side.

The back view as the bus looked very green in the direction of the Rotunda.

The HSBC Mobile Studio was in this shiny big caravan during July 2017. "Get your free mobile phone case custom designed". Was near Nationwide.

In August 2017 this Oreo van was in Rotunda Square.

With the licence plate OR30. They had Choc'o Brownie flavour, Cool Mint flavour, Strawberry Cheesecake flavour and Peanut Butter flavour.

It was a co-incidence that the Oreo van was here, as around the same time (5 days earlier), Google had announced their (then) new operating system on Android. Android 8 also known as Android Oreo. Google used to name their OS's after sweets. Android is now on version 10 (no sweet related name this time). Android 9 was called Pie.

Another Formula 1 simulator ride was in Rotunda Square during October 2017. This time it was the Petronas Mercedes-Benz F1 simulator.

People who went on it could see what it was like for Lewis Hamilton to win the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship. He is a 6 times World Champion, having won F1 during 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

I saw the Petronas simulator ride / lorry in Rotunda Square, once again during February 2020. Tool this on my smartphone camera. This time it was AMG Petronas Motorsport. Probably the same vehicle as years before. An early morning view before work.

Game had a bus out in Rotunda Square during December 2017 for Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch.

It looked like a modern red London bus with a pair of double doors, which buses here in the West Midlands don't have. Several giant images of Super Mario on the side of the bus.

OK this one isn't in Rotunda Square, but I don't think I saw any vehicles like this in the square during 2018. During August 2018 saw this pink Land Rover on St Martin's Walk between the entrances to the East and West Mall's. Benefit BrowMobile. We Wax Brows. 

This vehicle was seen in Rotunda Square during February 2019 promoting the (then) new Starbucks Blonde Roast. Saw it on the walk from Birmingham Moor Street Station to the Odeon Cinema on New Street. But I later took this photo on the way back.

I also got this view of the Starbucks Blonde Roast. But it came out blurry, and even after attempting to fix it, it still looks a bit over processed. But then was heading back to the station and took this too quickly to realise it came out blurry.

In March 2019, I saw this lorry promoting the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which by then was on Blu-Ray and DVD. A Biopic based on the rock band Queen (not seen it yet). I unexpectedly saw it with the Amazon Treasure Truck

An early morning walk up the Bullring during May 2019. And I saw this Republic of Gamers bus in Rotunda Square from St Martin's Walk.

Much easier to get photos of these buses sometime after 9am than at midday when it is crowded. Also many of the shops hadn't yet opened.

This bus had the licence plate no YN54 AJY and had the abbreviation Rogbus.

So much easier to get early in the morning. As I prefer it. Also said ASUS on it.

Getting close to the end now. Seen during July 2019 was this pink van. Refresh with Blossom Hill. Metro Bank behind was almost finished at the time. Also caught this couple in matching green t-shirts.

Also during July 2019, Summer in Southside had some caravans at the Bullring. This one saying Cloud with people in sleeping bags with pillows.

And down on St Martin's Walk, was this caravan for Summer in Southside saying Newbie. EE was advertising having 5G.

Another early morning at the Bullring in Rotunda Square, during October 2019. As I saw this bus that game had transformed into the Sega Mega Drive with Sonic the Hedgehog. Advertising the Sega Mega Drive Mini (the original Sega Mega Drive came out in the UK in the 1990s).

The licence plate on the bus was LF52  ZMU and it was a Volvo. Early mornings before work are the best time to get these buses (if I have my main camera on me).

From the other side before walking up New Street. I used to have a 2nd hand Mega Drive from 1995 (when I turned 13). And I loved the Sonic the Hedgehog games. The movie version came out in February 2020. Sonic 3D was the last new Sonic game on the Mega Drive I was able to get in 1996. By 1997 I was unable to get any more, but switched to PC gaming by then. I later put my Mega Drive on eBay in 2005 (after having it stored away for 10 years). But at one point I got the Sonic Mega Collection on the PC (so got to play the Sonic games again one last time around 2007 I think).

In December 2019 there was another simulator ride. This time promoting Star Trek: Picard which is being shown in the UK on Amazon Prime Video.

This was also another early morning before work when I saw this Star Trek Picard display. It started on Amazon Prime in January 2020.

Was positioned in front of the Nationwide Building Society. I thought it was strange that Picard was on Prime, when Star Trek: Discovery was on Netflix (although E4 has started showing that despite being a Netflix Original programme). Although both are on CBS All Access in the USA.

I've only started to watch Star Trek Picard on Amazon Prime Video, with 7 episodes released to date (as of March 2020). There is 3 more new episodes yet to be released. I am a (or was) a big Star Trek fan, having grown up on the Star Trek shows during the 1990s with The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Enterprise was released in the early 2000s. Then there was a big gap until Discovery came out on Netflix in 2017. There had been the Viacom / CBS split. Paramount kept the movies, CBS kept the TV shows. But it sounds like that they have re-merged into Viacom CBS.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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11 Mar 2020 - Elliott Brown
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A look around Zellig at the Custard Factory over the years

For many years now part of the Custard Factory has been called Zellig. Inside is various businesses and shops. As well as art fixtures. There used to be a pond in the middle of the square, but think that's gone now. Recent changes including the "Only in Digbeth" parts. You can pass through from Gibb Street to the Zellig Car Park. Would be nice one day to get up on the roof.

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A look around Zellig at the Custard Factory over the years





For many years now part of the Custard Factory has been called Zellig. Inside is various businesses and shops. As well as art fixtures. There used to be a pond in the middle of the square, but think that's gone now. Recent changes including the "Only in Digbeth" parts. You can pass through from Gibb Street to the Zellig Car Park. Would be nice one day to get up on the roof.


ZELLIG

My earliest photos around Digbeth and the Custard Factory were taken during October 2009. I think that this was before the area became known as Zellig. Here there used to be a big pond in the square, near The City is a Work of Art. On the right used to be Factory Kitchen.

This view looking up at the Custard Factory, painted white and the windows.

Also seen during this October 2009 visit was a sculpture of a Dragon on the wall. Made in 1993 by Tawny Gray. Was scaffolding to the right at the time.

The first time I got a photo inside of the Zellig public area inside was during July 2015. All these white tubes going up to the roof. A bit like the game KerPlunk. This is called Chaos by Philip Watts, There are bridges up there. Now how does a member of the public that doesn't work there get up, can the Custard Factory give us photographers access, including up on the roof?

My first photo of this hanging sculpture taken during July 2015. The Deluge by Toin Adams made in 2010.

Also a sculpture of a Lion. Artist and year made unknown.

This view from April 2016 near the pond that used to be there. Towards The City is a Work of Art.

By April 2018, this area at Zellig was now a square without a pond. And I saw the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Police Box Public Call. Had the 13th Doctor landed? Behind to the left was Alfie Birds. They were in the process of regenerating the buildings.

Yellow hoardings with the Only In Digbeth hashtag seen during August 2018. Thinks were changing here.

A Christmas Tree seen in the Zellig square during December 2018. To the right was the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Work still being done on the Only in Digbeth alterations.

By October 2019 the Only in Digbeth works were complete. On this side was The Crib and Stag Digbeth - Coffee / Bar / Barbers and Cocktails.

Another look at Chaos by Philip Watts. Shop below called Wayland's Forge.

One of the new looking entrances to Zellig during November 2019. Industrious, Individual, In it Together, #OnlyinDigbeth.

Same thing again, but a close up look at the sign.

During December 2019 towards the Zellig Reception and Shops. Saw this pair of Christmas trees along with the decorations. Chaos is seen behind. The Deluge is above (by Toin Adams).

In January 2020, I met up with Karl Newton for a Brumtography meet at Ghetto Golf. While there had a look around Zellig again. Looking up to the domed glass roof. Bit like a crystal from the Crystal Maze.

A piano. There was an exhibition on the walls around here by Lisk Bot.

Some more views of Chaos by Philip Watts. Somehow it holds up those walkway bridges.

There looks to be about three levels up there.

5 years after I last got a photo of this sculpture, I got a much better photo of The Deluge by Toin Adams (2010). Just look up when you are around there.

At Zellig during February 2020. This time meeting Karl again for the Roxy Ballroom meet. NQ64 Arcade Bar. We wont be doing a Brumtography meet here, as they want too much money, and wont let us do it for free, which is shame. So for now, this would be the closest I could get to it.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Squares and public spaces
10 Mar 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Customised buses and lorries seen in St Martin's Square over the years

It's not just the Coca Cola Truck that comes to visit St Martin's Square. Other lorries and even buses have come to promote a product or event. Everything from a Cadbury Creme Egg related lorry, to an old double decker bus promoting the movie Minions. And more like that, as you will see in the post below. I've not seen much like this recently though. Usually in Rotunda Sq

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Customised buses and lorries seen in St Martin's Square over the years





It's not just the Coca Cola Truck that comes to visit St Martin's Square. Other lorries and even buses have come to promote a product or event. Everything from a Cadbury Creme Egg related lorry, to an old double decker bus promoting the movie Minions. And more like that, as you will see in the post below. I've not seen much like this recently though. Usually in Rotunda Sq


Previous related posts: Coca Cola Christmas Truck and Festival of Light.

Seen in St Martin's Square during May 2015 was this old London Routemaster bus with a livery for the animated movie Minions. The buses licence plate no was JJD 573D. The film came out on the 26th June 2015. I have never seen it or any of the Despicable Me films either!

View from the side, as a little boy was by chance wearing a Minions backpack and a yellow top. How cute!

They had a screen on the right, probably showing a trailer of the Minions movie.

Minions on Tour was brought to Birmingham with Capital FM. You can still see the little boy in his Minions backpack.

Another former London Routemaster bus, this one seen during March 2016 for Virgin Holidays. Licence plate no VVS 373

They had added thinkings to this bus with the Dream Bigger hashtag. At the time advertising holidays to Mexico and Jamaica.

There is always good views from the balcony above, hence why I always go up there for views like this.

It looks like most people were just ignoring this one, and walking past, not much interest by the looks of it.

It is now July 2016 and during the height of the summer in St Martin's Square was Vita Coco.

Fake palm trees, a sky blue pick up truck and a Coconut Grove bar.

Some sand near the Vita Coco pick up truck.

It was about Coconut Oil mainly. "Eat it, Wear It, Swear By It" what ever that means?

Winter again and it is now during February 2017 in St Martin's Square. The Hunter's Lodge (a wooden looking lorry) was in town with the Cadbury Creme Egg.

It was for the Cadbury Creme Egg Hunting Season. Beware of Poachers.

The best view from one of the balconies from above. A contrast to the Coca Cola Christmas Truck that used to go in the exact same spot.

I try to get as many views as I can from up there.

This view from the balcony on the far side near Selfridges. Hope people liked their Cadbury Creme Egg's! Used to have them, but not for years. Anyway since they introduced the white Creme egg, people keep unwrapping them and re-wrapping them in store, so not worth buying. Although sometimes buy Mini Eggs, but not recently. Not good for your (or my) teeth.

Bud Light was in town during April 2017. They had these 4 Toyota Hilux pick up trucks in blue.

Each one had boxes in the back.

Was also signs saying Dunk Responsibily.

This one was parked close to St Martin's Church.

This one near to where Hand Made Burger Co used to be. The path leading down to Park Street and Digbeth.

One more view of all four trucks. Most people walking past, showing little interest in the drinks on offer.

One year on to April 2018 with BJ's Bingo on this bus. Licence plate no W866 PNL. With a reflection of Selfridges.

The bus had this digital screen on the side and a slogan: Everyones a Winner, and Your 1st Time is Free.

So basically gambling then. Only a few people stopping to talk to the assistants.

Brew Dog during July 2018, was the last major thing like this with a lorry that I've spotted in St Martin's Square.

So another beer truck then. Beer without Borders. Punk State is Here.

Looks like people could try the drinks in the trailer of the lorry. Taste the Revolution.

Standard side view from one of the balconies towards Selfridges. Visitors could sit on those crates and have a drink.

One last view before I left and headed up St Martin's Walk, or into one of the malls.

I could do a similar post to this, but from Rotunda Square, as they have those lorries or buses up there too. Usually Formula 1 simulators. Cars on display etc. 

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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