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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
31 May 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Floral canopy on Hurst Walk and rainbow bunting at The Arcadian

If you are walking around Southside / the Chinese Quarter during Summer 2022, be sure to check out the floral canopy on Hurst Walk (enter from Hurst Street) and the rainbow bunting inside of The Arcadian. Best viewed from the upper walkway before heading to the steps near Cathay Street and exit to Pershore Street.

Five photos in this post.

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Floral canopy on Hurst Walk and rainbow bunting at The Arcadian





If you are walking around Southside / the Chinese Quarter during Summer 2022, be sure to check out the floral canopy on Hurst Walk (enter from Hurst Street) and the rainbow bunting inside of The Arcadian. Best viewed from the upper walkway before heading to the steps near Cathay Street and exit to Pershore Street.

Five photos in this post.


Head down Hurst Street from Smallbrook Queensway, and enter Hurst Walk.

It's the one with the rainbow path on it (the other one of Ladywell Walk has been tarmaced over during the Public Realm Works).

Above you, you will see a floral canopy that leads into The Arcadian.

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You now see there is colourful rainbow bunting in the central arena part of The Arcadian. Just walk around the upper path past the bars / restaurants to see from above, or head down the steps. If you stay on the upper path, it leads around to the steps above Cathay Street, and the exit to Pershore Street.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Elliott Brown Transport
30 May 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Westside Metro Extension: Broad Street and Hagley Road - April and May 2022 update

Trams continue to be tested along Broad Street and Hagley Road via Five Ways. The roads will be reopened to buses from 5th June 2022, but trams will only be in service to Bull Street when it resumes again. 

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Westside Metro Extension: Broad Street and Hagley Road - April and May 2022 update





Trams continue to be tested along Broad Street and Hagley Road via Five Ways. The roads will be reopened to buses from 5th June 2022, but trams will only be in service to Bull Street when it resumes again. 


2nd April 2022

Broad Street

At Centenary Square, near Broad Street. Pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers near Library Tram Stop.

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9th April 2022

Broad Street

The Midland Metro Alliance has installed an electricity substation at Five Ways Island, above  the Five Ways Underpass (between Broad Street and Hagley Road in Edgbaston). St Martin's Place and Park Regis Birmingham seen behind with a bus on the 23 or 24 bus routes via Harborne.

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Cones and pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers on Broad Street between The Mercian and The Bank. Towards the Five Ways Entertainment Complex.

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Cones and barriers on Broad Street between Brindleyplace and O'Neill's towards The Crown Reflex.

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7th May 2022

Broad Street

Close to the site of Brindleyplace Tram Stop on Broad Street towards the Library of Birmingham. Pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers were in the middle of the road.

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25th May 2022

Hagley Road

Outside of Morrisons on the Hagley Road. What looks like green astroturf, with TRAM ONLY painted on this side. Towards Starbucks Coffee.

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To the Five Ways Underpass from Hagley Road. The barriers have been removed, but cones remain in place.

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A Midland Metro Alliance worker is there to remove the cones when the test trams come through the Five Ways Underpass. View towards The Mercian and Hampton by Hilton Broad Street hotel.

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28th May 2022

Broad Street

Cones line both sides of Broad Street between JD Wetherspoon: Solomon Cutter and The Crown Reflex, towards The Brasshouse. A car drives up the middle, while a yellow taxi cab is parked on the right.

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Cyclists have made good use of the closed roads. Here a cyclist is seen riding his bike through the middle of the cones up Broad Street and past The Brasshouse. Entrance to Brindleyplace and the canal on the right.

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Closest we've been able to get to the Five Ways Underpass from Broad Street. There is a Midland Metro Alliance worker who moves the cones and barriers when a test tram comes through. View towards the Marriott Hotel.

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It looks like the underpass will be for buses and trams only. All other traffic will have to use Five Ways Island from Broad Street. View near Park Regis Birmingham and Broadway Residences.

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For further photos click here for almost 400 photos: Westside Metro extension Broad Street to Hagley Road

Photography by Elliott Brown

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Your Place Your Space - Support Digital services
27 May 2022 - Your Place Your Space - Support
Introducing

So much achieved already, so much more potential - A massive Birmingham collaboration!

With a few links to videos and web sites, take a look at how our work with community across Birmingham has led to 1,050,000 views already and a massive digital library including maps of Birmingham Passion.

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So much achieved already, so much more potential - A massive Birmingham collaboration!





With a few links to videos and web sites, take a look at how our work with community across Birmingham has led to 1,050,000 views already and a massive digital library including maps of Birmingham Passion.


YOUR PLACE YOUR SPACE
Engage your community with us

After a few months, our maps, features and trails of Birmingham and its neighbourhoods have been viewed more than 1,030,001 times.

Our Community Workspace and our Community Passport have given people the digital space and the digital tools they need so they can share their passion for the place they live in or work in.

In a couple of short videos, let us show you why our platforms have been so engaging and how this digital technology can be rolled out neighbourhood by neighbourhood to build even greater community passion and greater community involvement in the future of Birmingham.
Promoting Birmingham with Community
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https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/ videos/MapPromotion.mp4
Making and Shaping Birmingham with Community
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Let's connect, give you the full tour, and together promote the city and engage community in its success.

So many ways to promote the Birmingham brand.

Let us show you what we are doing ahead of, during and after the Commonwealth Games to promote this brand.
Bottom up engagement with digital neighbourhoods
Our support for Birmingham and its community goes even further.

Using Northfield as an example, see how we are setting up digital neighbourhoods for effective bottom-up engagement and involvement of community focusing in on what really matters to local people.
 
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https://www.northfieldweare.com/
There is so much more to share with you, so let's arrange a time and connect.

So many ways to promote the Birmingham brand.
There is so much more to share with you, so let's arrange a time and connect

It would be great to hear from you.
 
For more information contact:
Jonathan Bostock
Call: Mobile - 07432 637 322
Email - Jonathan.Bostock@YourPlaceYourSpace.com

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Elliott Brown Green open spaces
23 May 2022 - Elliott Brown
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A visit to St George's Park on Great Hampton Row

Getting the train one way to Jewellery Quarter, I walked to St George's Park in Newtown (other side of Great Hampton Street). Found my way there via Lucas Circus and New John Street West, through an housing estate. The park was developed from the 1960s after St George's Church (1821 - 1961) was demolished. But architect Thomas Rickman's tomb and a war memorial survive here.

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A visit to St George's Park on Great Hampton Row





Getting the train one way to Jewellery Quarter, I walked to St George's Park in Newtown (other side of Great Hampton Street). Found my way there via Lucas Circus and New John Street West, through an housing estate. The park was developed from the 1960s after St George's Church (1821 - 1961) was demolished. But architect Thomas Rickman's tomb and a war memorial survive here.


St George's Park is located on Great Hampton Row and Uxbridge Street in Newtown, Birmingham (it was part of Hockley). It is a short distance away from Great Hampton Street and the Jewellery Quarter.

For me it was easier to get a train one way to Jewellery Quarter Station and walk, rather than get two buses via the City Centre. Although the no 52 bus route from National Express West Midlands is nearby.

The park was formerly St George's Church. It was built in 1821 from designs by architect Thomas Rickman. After his death 20 years later in 1841, he was buried in a tomb here.

The church was proposed to become Birmingham's Cathedral for the Church of England, after the creation of the Diocese of Birmingham in 1905, but St Philip's Church was chosen instead (that was more centrally located in the City Centre).

The church continued to survive, but fell into disrepair, and was demolished during 1960-61 due to structural problems.

Later in the 1960s, four tower blocks were built around the park including Ryland House, Holland House, Cadbury House and Bowater House.

 

Main entrance to St George's Park from Great Hampton Row

The morning visit on Saturday 14th May 2022.

One of the parks entrance's from Great Hampton Row has a modern gate and path into the park.

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This is similar to the other parks in the Newtown area (on the other side of New John Street West). You are now in St George's Park.

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Mid May, and the trees are lush and green, creating shadows in the sunshine.

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Paths including one towards Uxbridge Street.

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There is a play area / playground in the centre of the park. Trees with shadows on the lawn.

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Another look at the play area as I headed to the former church yard of St George's Church.

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One last look at the play area, before heading into the former churchyard.

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Gate to the south east corner of the park.

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Tomb of Thomas Rickman

I spotted this curious object in the park. It is the Tomb of Thomas Rickman, although it looked like the only remaining bit of St George's Church.

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A close up look at the Tomb of Thomas Rickman (1776 - 1841). It is Grade II listed. Phyllis Nicklin photographed it herself in 1967 (several years after the church was demolished). See Thomas of Thomas Rickman by Phyllis Nicklin.

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The Tomb is now surrounded by trees. This was once also called St George's Gardens.

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St George's Church War Memorial

This is the St George's Church War Memorial. In the shape of a Celtic Cross. It commemorates those who were lost during the First World War (1914-18). There is now a couple of park benches near it.

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St George's Gardens

Heading to the south west corner exit of St George's Park,a look at the former site of St George's Church, or perhaps it's churchyard.

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Gravestones remains around the perimeter wall, and the area is full of trees, perhaps they were planted in the 1960s?

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Outside of St George's Park, now back on Great Hampton Row. To the right is St George's C of E Academy (a primary school). St George's Community Hub is also located here. The old brick walls with railings of the former St George's Church survive here at St George's Park.

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Views from St George's Park

I found a view from St George's Park towards the spire of St Paul's Church in the Jewellery Quater, Library of Birmingham and The Mercian in Westside.

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On the left is the spire of St Paul's Church in the Jewellery Quarter. Behind the church is Arena Central in Westside, where you can see HSBC UK at One Centenary Square and HMRC at Three Arena Central.

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In the middle you can see the Library of Birmingham with Hyatt Regency Birmingham behind.

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Finally on the right you can see The Mercian with The Bank in the distance in Westside from St George's Park.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
20 May 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Gunsmith House Lofts: Construction Imminent

The demolition of all dilapidated industrial buildings at 51-61 Price Street has been completed in recent weeks.

The site will soon be transformed into Gunsmith House Lofts, a vibrant new community of 85 new homes, complete with a permanant 3m high artwork structure. 

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Gunsmith House Lofts: Construction Imminent





The demolition of all dilapidated industrial buildings at 51-61 Price Street has been completed in recent weeks.

The site will soon be transformed into Gunsmith House Lofts, a vibrant new community of 85 new homes, complete with a permanant 3m high artwork structure. 


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Gunsmith House Lofts will see three new interconnected buildings of four to five storeys with dual aspect rear wings that will be constructed as part of the street's rejuvenation.

The existing Gunsmith House, a heritage asset, is currently the lone survivor on site, but will soon be converted into three chic apartments on a plot that will deliver a mixture of one to three-bedroom apartments - set to be built by Bespoke Construction.

Many residents will have access to either balconies and roof terraces, while a courtyard ‘oasis’ garden & a communal lounge, will be available to all. Gated parking will allocate seven spaces, including EV, with 85 cycles also provided.

Fishing off the development will be a 3m artwork sculpture that will overlook the rapidly-changing area, similar to that of Assay Lofts, another exemplary development from Elevate Property Group.
 

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Images from Stephen Giles; CGIs from Elevate Property Group.

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