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Squares and public spaces
27 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown
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The Golden Square in the Jewellery Quarter

One of the newest public squares in Birmingham is located in the Jewellery Quarter between Vyse Street and Warstone Lane. The Golden Square was developed on land that used to be a car park in 2014. The Jewellery Quarter Festival has been held here regularly since 2015. At one corner is the Rose Villa Tavern. Both The Big Hoot and Sleuth were here in 2015 and 2017. Floral Ballerina as well.

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The Golden Square in the Jewellery Quarter





One of the newest public squares in Birmingham is located in the Jewellery Quarter between Vyse Street and Warstone Lane. The Golden Square was developed on land that used to be a car park in 2014. The Jewellery Quarter Festival has been held here regularly since 2015. At one corner is the Rose Villa Tavern. Both The Big Hoot and Sleuth were here in 2015 and 2017. Floral Ballerina as well.


THE GOLDEN SQUARE

In Birmingham's World Famous Jewellery Quarter is now The Golden Square. It is located between Vyse Street and along Warstone Lane in front of The Big Peg. Originally the space was parking for the office tenants, it was developed into a public square during 2014. At one corner is The Rose Villa Tavern, and until August 2020, the Chamberlain Clock stood at the roundabout near Frederick Street (it's been removed to be fully restored off site at Smith of Derby). See this post here. The square was one component of Birmingham's Big City Plan.

The square combines three spaces: the Orchard, the Promenade and the Plaza.

 

Jewellery Quarter Festival, July 2015

My first time visiting the Golden Square since it was completed was on Saturday 18th July 2015, while the Jewellery Quarter Festival was on.

There was this Lighthouse Helter-Skelter that kids could slide down.

Some excited kids probably climbed up it multiple times to ride it again and again!

New building on Warstone Lane. Part of the Diamond Quarter.

The Stage Bus, providing musical entertainment for the day. For more info about them, go to www.thestagebus.com

The bus had the licence plate no of D920 NDA. Was a former Metrobus last used by Travel West Midlands in 2004. It had previously been a West Midlands Travel Timesaver bus.

I mainly popped to the Golden Square to see The Big Hoot owl. Jewellery Owl, by the artist Sue Guthrie. Sponsor was Birmingham City University.

The Jewellery Owl was quite close to the railings up the steps.

There was also a Dalek from Doctor Who wondering about! Exterminate! Exterminate!

Kids and parents alike followed the Dalek around.

On the green was Circus Mash. With a juggler.

The square was full of people enjoying themselves at the time.

July 2017

Two years later, I was back in The Golden Square to find The Big Sleuth bear there. A look at the refurbished entrance to The Big Peg.

A Ballerina from Cofton Nursery. There used to be an annual Floral Trail around the City Centre, but once The Big Hoot and Sleuth were on, didn't feel like they had a trail any more. Non the less, they still put pieces out in the summer.

The reason for my visit. The Big Sleuth bear known as Gummy Bear, by the artist Deven Bhurke. Sponsor was Jewellery Quarter BID.

Gummy Bear was much further back and close to an ice cream shop called Scoop.

Davenports was going to open where Jewellery Quarter Police Station used to be, but don't think it ever happened. Instead the proposed Davenports space became the Diamond Factory in 2019.

A view towards The Big Peg from the path in the Golden Square to Warstone Lane.

2019

In January 2019, the side of the Rose Villa Tavern was painted with a You Are Birmingham advert from HSBC UK, who had recently opened their regional HQ over at 1 Centenary Square. This wall painting has since been removed / painted over.

Later that year in July 2019, the Ballerina Floral Trail feature had returned to The Golden Square.

As you can see below, the Diamond Factory was where Davenports would have been.

The view over to Lunchi and Urban Coffee.

August 2020

On Saturday 22nd August 2020, while I was in the Jewellery Quarter to see the Chamberlain Clock come down, took advantage to get some new photos of the Golden Square.

This view of the Rose Villa Tavern and The Big Peg from Warstone Lane. The Diamond Quarter is on the right.

The square was empty and a bit wet. Evidence of the earlier rain.

The Diamond Quarter from the other side.

The view back towards Vyse Street with the Rose Villa Tavern on the left and The Big Peg to the right.

Some of the The Big Peg was under scaffolding. Also appears that they had installed new wooden cladding in parts.

Further back, a view of The Golden Square from Warstone Lane. Most people were watching the Chamberlain Clock come down near the Rose Villa Tavern (to the left).

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
26 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of The Mercian - July and August 2020

We've now reached the 27th floor on the main tower, with the main core now sitting pretty on level 29/30. It won’t be long now before it exceeds the 100m mark and saunters above Bank Tower II, adjacent.

Plenty of images here from our trusty team, with images going back to mid-July. Enjoy!

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The Construction of The Mercian - July and August 2020





We've now reached the 27th floor on the main tower, with the main core now sitting pretty on level 29/30. It won’t be long now before it exceeds the 100m mark and saunters above Bank Tower II, adjacent.

Plenty of images here from our trusty team, with images going back to mid-July. Enjoy!


The Mercian: Moda Reachtimelapse

Works have started in earnest on the 27th floor of this 42-storey development (132m), as seen above, with the core also continuing its upward surge and is almost at the 100m stage.

Facade works on the main tower is noticeably well advanced too; now wrapping itself around level 12, with the already topped-out 14-storey shoulder reaching the penultimate floor. Enjoy the mega update from Daniel, Stephen & Elliott.

17th August:

14-16th August:

2-3rd August:

16-31st July:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

21st July:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

11th August:

31st July:

25th July:

14th July:

Photos by Elliott Brown.

Words by Stephen Giles.

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History & heritage
26 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown
News & Updates

Removal of the Chamberlain Clock in the Jewellery Quarter on the 22nd August 2020

On the 22nd August 2020, the Chamberlain Clock in the Jewellery Quarter, was carefully being dismantled with the clock faces removed, so that workmen could remove the clock tower. It is heading for Smith of Derby who are clock specialists. It is expected that it will return in full working order by early 2021 (fingers crossed). The clock dates to 1903 and was last restored in 1989.

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Removal of the Chamberlain Clock in the Jewellery Quarter on the 22nd August 2020





On the 22nd August 2020, the Chamberlain Clock in the Jewellery Quarter, was carefully being dismantled with the clock faces removed, so that workmen could remove the clock tower. It is heading for Smith of Derby who are clock specialists. It is expected that it will return in full working order by early 2021 (fingers crossed). The clock dates to 1903 and was last restored in 1989.


Removal of the Chamberlain Clock in the Jewellery Quarter, 22nd August 2020

On Saturday the 22nd August 2020, workmen were on site in the Jewellery Quarter to remove the Chamberlain Clock. It will be taken care of by Smith of Derby who are clock specialists. It is expected to be back on the roundabout at the junction of Frederick Street, Vyse Street and Warstone Lane in early 2021. There will also be a new information panel.

For my last post on the Chamberlain Clock follow this link: Jewellery Quarter Chamberlain Clock. It is over 117 years old, having been made originally back in 1903. The Grade II listed clock tower was last repaired and restored in 1989 (over 30 years ago).

Views below seen from Frederick Street:

Views below seen from Warstone Lane:

Views below seen from Vyse Street:

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Rivers, lakes & canals
26 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

A walk around Edgbaston Reservoir back in June 2020

Back in June 2020, we had a walk around Edgbaston Reservoir (which was my first in about 4 months). Although this time went all the way around in an Anti-Clockwise direction. Social distancing measures were in force, and the car park was still closed off (even before the lockdown). The Tower Ballroom has been closed for some time now and covered in graffiti. People out getting exercise.

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A walk around Edgbaston Reservoir back in June 2020





Back in June 2020, we had a walk around Edgbaston Reservoir (which was my first in about 4 months). Although this time went all the way around in an Anti-Clockwise direction. Social distancing measures were in force, and the car park was still closed off (even before the lockdown). The Tower Ballroom has been closed for some time now and covered in graffiti. People out getting exercise.


Edgbaston Reservoir

Click here for my last post on Edgbaston Reservoir.

 

In June 2020, we headed for a Monday morning walk around Edgbaston Reservoir. It was the 15th June 2020. Back in February 2020, I'd only gone around half of the reservoir (in the middle of a long walk from Harborne to the City Centre). This time was just a walk around the Reservoir, and back to the car on Reservoir Road. Was a lot of people out for their daily exercise, either going for walk, taking the dog out for walk, riding the bike, or taking the kids out. Social distancing signs were around. We went in an anti-clockwise direction (not sure if we went the wrong way as when I left saw a sign saying follow the arrows, not that I remember seeing any). The walk took around 40 minutes or more. Was the closest I got to the City Centre in 3 months of lockdown (at the time). I wouldn't be able to travel back into the City Centre until the middle of July. Could also see the Port Loop development while there.

 

Heading down from the Reservoir Road entrance to the car park that hasn't been in use for ages (the gate is still locked).

There was the usual gulls and geese out on the Reservoir, including on this raised decking area.

Nice reflections of the clouds in the water.

Was heading in an anti-clockwise direction past The Tower.

Midland Sailing Club on the right. Yachts on the bank of the reservoir.

View towards the dam (left) and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (middle).

View to The Tower Ballroom, which sadly closed down in the last few years and is covered in graffiti at the entrance.

The City Skyline is visible from here as well as the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower.

Some outdoor gym equipment coming up on the right. Although at the time (due to the pandemic / lockdown), I don't think people were allowed to use them.

Was lovely to get back out around the Reservoir again.

The new footpath was on the right.

Hard to believe that this is all man made.

The distant view over to the Midland Sailing Club.

Midland Sailing Club

Near the end of the dam, to the right you can see the Midland Sailing Club.

Some of the boats behind the fence, not in use and covered up.

You can also see the club in zoom in from the other side of the Reservoir.

City Skyline

From the far end of the Reservoir, you can see the view of the City Skyline over the dam, including the rising 103 Colmore Row.

With 103 Colmore Row to the left, and The Mercian to the far right.

But when complete, neither building will be taller than the BT Tower, which is still the tallest building in Birmingham.

The Two Towers

Seen over The Tower (to the right of the dam) was The Two Towers. Perrott's Folly to the left and the Edgbaston Waterworks to the right. Click here for my post on The Two Towers.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
26 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
Gallery

APPROVED: HS2 Interchange Station & Automated People Mover

HS2 Interchange Station and an Automated People Mover have been formally approved!

The new environmentally-friendly station will seamlessly integrate with Birmingham Airport, International Station, the NEC, and other modes of transport to become the best-connected place in the UK. For full renderings of the new station and its exciting new APM - click the link below.

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APPROVED: HS2 Interchange Station & Automated People Mover





HS2 Interchange Station and an Automated People Mover have been formally approved!

The new environmentally-friendly station will seamlessly integrate with Birmingham Airport, International Station, the NEC, and other modes of transport to become the best-connected place in the UK. For full renderings of the new station and its exciting new APM - click the link below.


HS2 Interchange will be the best-connected place in the UK by rail, air and road with customers able to reach London Euston in a mere 38 minutes.

The Station, designed to focus on open space and landscaping, will deliver two 415 metre long island platforms, offering 4 platform faces, as well as 2 central high speed through lines for non-stop services.

Interchange will be linked to the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport via an automated people mover carrying up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction, with a link every three minutes along the 2.3km route.

In addition to the APM, the station will be fully integrated with buses, taxis and private vehicle options. 

Net zero carbon in operation, the station will adopt the latest environmentally friendly design and sustainable technologies including harvesting of rainwater and sustainable power generation with solar panels. 

CONSTRUCTION

Located within a triangle of land bound by the M42, A45 and A452, the site is already well underway with regards to preparatory work. Modular bridge structures are now being put in place on the site of the station, with a remodelling of the road network set to facilitate new access. Work is now set to ramp up in the coming months ahead.

THE IMAGES: HS2 INTERCHANGE

AUTOMATED PEOPLE MOVER:

NEC stop & over Pendigo Lake:

Birmingham Airport Stop:

 

Interchange Stop:

MAINTENANCE FACILITY:

Words by Stephen Giles; Artists Impressions from HS2 Ltd & ARUP.

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