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27 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - August 2019

The windows and black sub-cladding is nearly installed over the whole building, we cant wait for the final silver panels to go on!

Photo by Dave Fieldhouse

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





The windows and black sub-cladding is nearly installed over the whole building, we cant wait for the final silver panels to go on!

Photo by Dave Fieldhouse


Photos by Tom Grunt

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
27 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - August 2019

Here's a large gallery of photos of the externally complete One Chamberlain Square from several angles, look out for a gallery of interior shots soon.

 

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - August 2019





Here's a large gallery of photos of the externally complete One Chamberlain Square from several angles, look out for a gallery of interior shots soon.

 


Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

 

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Architecture
27 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham Municipal Bank: Birmingham's Hidden Spaces during Birmingham Heritage Week (September 2015)

The only time I was able to go inside of the Birmingham Municipal Bank on Broad Street was back in September 2015. Birmingham's Hidden Spaces was hosting the free visit during Birmingham Heritage Week. You could look around, go down the vaults (the areas that were safe to go to). I've also got exteriors from years before / after as well. University of Birmingham taking it over.

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Birmingham Municipal Bank: Birmingham's Hidden Spaces during Birmingham Heritage Week (September 2015)





The only time I was able to go inside of the Birmingham Municipal Bank on Broad Street was back in September 2015. Birmingham's Hidden Spaces was hosting the free visit during Birmingham Heritage Week. You could look around, go down the vaults (the areas that were safe to go to). I've also got exteriors from years before / after as well. University of Birmingham taking it over.


Some history. Birmingham Municipal Bank headquarters. It was at 301 Broad Street in Birmingham. The building was by Thomas Cecil Howitt and was opened on the 27 November 1933 by Prince George. It was built as the headquarters for the Birmingham Municipal Bank. It ceased to be a department of the Council who sold it in 1976, becoming a Trustee Savings Bank. The TSB (later Lloyds TSB) left the building in 2006 selling it back to Birmingham City Council. It has been a Grade II listed building since 1996. The University of Birmingham completed the purchase of the former bank in November 2017, and it will become a venue to showcase it's display of it's research and host performances and exhibitions.

Full album on my Flickr here Birmingham Municipal Bank.

 

One of my first photos of the former Municipal Bank taken on Broad Street during December 2009. By this point the bank had been closed for about 3 years and still had a Lloyds Bank sign on it. The Arena Central development was stalled by the recession, so demolition works behind were left unfinished until around 2015.

A close up of the former bank from December 2009. Built in the early 1930s, it has several giant Ionic columns. The building was empty / vacant and would remain so for years to come.

By 2013 they were opening up the Municipal Bank to arts venues. In June 2013 it was used by the Universe of Sound. Free, fun, interactive orchestra experience. Playing The Planets. I never did go inside at this point, and would go in until Birmingham's Hidden Spaces opened it up in 2015.

The Library of Birmingham first opened in September 2013 when I got this view from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham.  Would be a couple of years before Arena Central started to come to life again.

In April 2016 it was being used by the International Dance Festival Birmingham as the Dance Hub from April to May 2016. This view as usual from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham. Behind construction of Holiday Inn Express  (the TETRIS building) was well underway and HSBC UK to the left had just started too.

By 2017 the Westside Metro extension had started and that side of Broad Street was closed. This view of the former Municipal Bank from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham during November 2017.

Scaffolding going up the former Municipal Bank during March 2019 as seen from theDiscovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham. By the summer it was completely wrapped as work started to turn it into a venue for the University of Birmingham.

The visit to the Birmingham Municipal Bank as hosted by Birmingham's Hidden Spaces was on the 12th September 2015 during Birmingham Heritage Week.

Seen on the ceiling of the main banking hall: "Thrift Radiates Happiness" and "Saving is the Mother of Riches".

A pair of windows with the Birmingham Forward coat of arms. Left:  Commerce & Integrity. Right: Labour & Perseverance.

Another pair of windows with the Birmingham Forward coat of arms. Left: Banking & Finance. Right: Industry & Progress.

A side room. Probably where customers would hand over their valuables to go into the vaulted slots on the floor below.

A desk in the basement. Not entirely sure of it's use though. Although it wasn't far from the vault.

A look around the vault. Customers valuables would be locked away in these small lockers.

At the top of one side it reads: "Prudent People Seek a Safe Place Where to Lodge Their Securities".

The thick steel door to the vault. Normally it would be locked. Probably with a wheel and a code only the banker who knew how to open the vault. You don't want to get locked in there!

Period 1930s lights seen on the banking floor.

Revolving doors. The main entrance from Broad Street. Normally you don't see this as the thick doors in front of them are closed.

Will be interesting to see what the University of Birmingham does with the building, and if members of the public will have access to all areas, including the vault.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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People & community
26 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
News & Updates

Home of Metal at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery presents Black Sabbath 50 Years - Elliott went to visit

This Black Sabbath exhibition at the Gas Hall in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery opened on the 26th June 2019, running until 29th September 2019. I finally booked my ticket online and went on the morning of 23rd August 2019. The museum opens at 10:30am on Friday's, so had to wait until they unlocked the doors. Spent around half an hour looking round the exhibition.

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Home of Metal at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery presents Black Sabbath 50 Years - Elliott went to visit





This Black Sabbath exhibition at the Gas Hall in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery opened on the 26th June 2019, running until 29th September 2019. I finally booked my ticket online and went on the morning of 23rd August 2019. The museum opens at 10:30am on Friday's, so had to wait until they unlocked the doors. Spent around half an hour looking round the exhibition.


My full gallery of photos is now on my Flickr here Home of Metal: Black Sabbath 50 Years. The official website for Home of Metal relating to this exhibition and for booking your ticket online is here Home of Metal: Black Sabbath 50 Years a Major Exhibition.

While the usual route to Chamberlain Square is blocked off due to the Paradise Birmingham works, you can go round the back via Eden Place and Edmund Street. When the doors are open you can go in via the Edmund Street entrance for the Gas Hall. Just show your QR code in the email or PDF, and head through the revolving doors. Ticket was £12 plus £1.57 fee (£13.57 in total).

 

First thing you would see is this Black Sabbath sign. Take a selfie here. Only a year ago this view would have been on Dippy the dinosaur!

Buy your Black Sabbath merchandise from here. T-shirts were £20 when I had a proper look. Was other items such as mugs and coasters. You can also buy Black Sabbath items from the main museum shop.

Later saw this sign in the Black Sabbath merchandise shop area. They invented Heavy Metal. And it led to all other forms of metal music around the world.

Behind the shop was a collection of Black Sabbath t-shirts that the fans could buy or have bought in the past. "It's the people's music, it always has been" - Bill Ward.

Harley Davidson motorbike from 2006. Courtesty of Ric Lovett. It has been heavily customised displaying the owner's love of Black Sabbath.

In the centre was this darkened area. At the back was Ozzy and Tony. Later went back in here to find Geezer and Bill at the other side.

Back of display cases. This side stars with Ozzy in period photos from the 1970s probably.

The other end of the back of those display cases. Ozzy Osbourne the main singer, Geezer Butler was the bassist, Tony Iommi on the guitar and Bill Ward on the drums.

A recreation of Tony Iommi's home recording studio.

A recreation of the Black Sabbath stage with some of the costumes that they may have worn. They played at venues all over the world.

One corner had a display about Ozzy Osbourne, as well as a drawing of him! Known the world over as the "Prince of Darkness".

A Black Sabbath fans living room, belonging to Stephen Knowles. Quite a collection of Black Sabbath memorabilia here.

I'd seen photos of this on Social Media. Where are you from? A map of the world. Of course I took off a red sticker and placed it over Birmingham! Fans mostly from the West Midlands and around Europe. Some from the America's, China and Australia / New Zealand as well.

In the far right hand corner of the Gas Hall was these guitars. Apparently you can try and play them. Was also another selfie spot! Around here showing all the albums that Black Sabbath released.

The other side of the guitars and world map. This end of the museum is usually for kids to play or draw. Just behind here is kid tables for colouring in Black Sabbath pictures.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
23 Aug 2019 - FreeTimePays
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The Rackhams Building - latest design proposals (August 2019)

Take the post to view the latest proposals from architects tp bennett for the Rackhams Building. Such a prominent city location and a wonderful advert for Birmingham.

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The Rackhams Building - latest design proposals (August 2019)





Take the post to view the latest proposals from architects tp bennett for the Rackhams Building. Such a prominent city location and a wonderful advert for Birmingham.


The Rackhams building is back with a subtle redesign. It was deferred in May for being 'too top heavy'. Changes include a one floor reduction to the rooftop, a design change to the concertina & retention of the original features.

What is proposed aims to address the issues raised and looks stunning!

The development will become mixed-use, with 43 Temple Row next door becoming a 11-storey, 200-roomed hotel.

233 cycle spaces are to be provided across the site.

Amongst the changes to the original proposals, the top floor bar & restaurant proposed to look over St. Phillip's Square has been set back.

All images and artists impressions courtest tp bennett.

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