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01 Aug 2019 - Stephen Giles
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DID YOU KNOW: ONE Eastside to include a 'public pavilion' garden room!

Community Spirit lives on with plans by Court Collaboration and Glancy Nicholls for a public pavilion 'garden room' at One Eastside, Birmingham's new 51 story skyscaper.

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DID YOU KNOW: ONE Eastside to include a 'public pavilion' garden room!





Community Spirit lives on with plans by Court Collaboration and Glancy Nicholls for a public pavilion 'garden room' at One Eastside, Birmingham's new 51 story skyscaper.


Birmingham is getting a 51-storey skyscraper. 

But did you know there used to be a Victorian pub on the west corner of the site? 

Court Collaboration and Glancy Nicholls Architects plan to create a public pavilion 'garden room' on its footprint.

It was said to be in the same ilk as other local pubs still standing today, such as The Woodman in Eastside and The Craven Arms on Upper Gough Street.  

Unfortunately though, it's long demolished following WW2.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT LIVES ON

Using historical map data, it has been scaled and positioned exactly as it used to sit, with geometry used to divide the spaces into compartment style ‘rooms’.

A bar (represented as seating) spans the compartments serving all areas of the pavilion.

It will have the potential to provide exhibition space for the nearby university and of course be used by communities within the area. 

Historical map data: Picture by Glancy Nicholls Architects

Latest plans:

Artist Impressions by Glancy Nicholls Architects

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31 Jul 2019 - Karl Newton
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Green spaces - Hidden Gems!

Take a look at some of the Inner City green spaces we have, from the Secret Garden - Birmingham Library, St Philips Cathedral, Centenary Square to St Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter. All Hidden Gems!

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Green spaces - Hidden Gems!





Take a look at some of the Inner City green spaces we have, from the Secret Garden - Birmingham Library, St Philips Cathedral, Centenary Square to St Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter. All Hidden Gems!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Yardley Wood Bus Garage open days in 2013 and 2018

I've been to two open days at Yardley Wood Bus Garage. The first back in October 2013 for the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. More recently the last open day was during November 2018 when it was the bus garages 80th birthday. In 2013 you could get a vintage bus ride from Acocks Green Bus Garage and back to Yardley Wood. In 2018 you could get a ride around the nearby suburbs.

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Yardley Wood Bus Garage open days in 2013 and 2018





I've been to two open days at Yardley Wood Bus Garage. The first back in October 2013 for the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. More recently the last open day was during November 2018 when it was the bus garages 80th birthday. In 2013 you could get a vintage bus ride from Acocks Green Bus Garage and back to Yardley Wood. In 2018 you could get a ride around the nearby suburbs.


The other bus garage near to where I am is in Yardley Wood (Acocks Green is closer). It is on the Yardley Wood Road, close to the Stratford-on-Avon Canal. Bus routes such as the 2, 3 and 18 stop nearby to here.

Birmingham City Transport opened the garage here on 9th November 1938. It is now operated by National Express West Midlands. They are home to the world famous number 50 bus route.

For my post at Acocks Green follow this link A selection of vintage buses at the Acocks Green Bus Garage Open Day, October 2013.

For the vintage bus ride I took from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood bus garages please follow this link Timesaver 900 - vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages, October 2013.

Yardley Wood Bus Garage Open Day: October 2013

That year I got to the bus garage by catching a vintage bus from Acocks Green Bus Garage (link to post above). On this occasion the bus garage was celebrating it's 75th birthday (was easier that year to hold two bus garage open days on one day).

900 - Private - West Midlands Travel - Timesaver - D912 NDA

18B - Cotteridge - Birmingham City Transport - MOF 9

18 - Garage - WM Travel - JOV 613P

16 - Hamstead Green Lane via Hockley - WM Travel - DOC 26V
 402 - Bloomfield Central Avenue via West Bromwich - WM Travel - WDA 956T

383 - Hitchin - Willian Walsworth - London Transport - RF627

Yardley Wood Bus Garage Open Day - November 2018

For this open day I caught a regular NXWM bus towards the bus garage. On this occasion it was the 80th birthday of the bus garage. I wasn't able to go to the last Acocks Green bus garage open day which I think was held in June 2018.

JOJ 222 - 2222 - Leyland - Birmingham - Bearwood via Dudley Road - B82

I rode this bus during September 2018: Vintage bus ride from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, September 2018.

Also see this post: Wythall Transport Museum heritage buses between Hollywood and The Alexandra Theatre.

Globetrotter - RS-Recovery - 300 movie livery.

(These both later left the garage, the bus taking passengers on a tour - I saw it on the Alcester Road South and the recovery vehicle probably to rescue a broken down bus somewhere).

WM Travel - 74 to Wednesbury via Wednesbury - NOC 600R - 6600

Travel West Midlands - 45 to Kings Norton via Pershore Road - 2811 - B811 AOP

National Express Health Buzz - Faye - C8 NEX

Pippa The Ten-Ton Bus of Fun - Special XX - Yellow Buses - MFX 169W

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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30 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Former Travel West Midlands Metrobus back on the 11C with Roberts

From time to time there are rival bus companies that operate on the 11 Outer Circle (11A / 11C). This former Travel West Midlands bus withdrawn back in 2010 I think, is now with Roberts. B789 AOC. With TWM used to have the ID 2789. Seen on School Road in Hall Green. By chance advertising my current Smartphone!

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29 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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West Midlands Metro tram 37 has gone blue, that's Ozzy Osbourne's tram!

Walking along Stephenson Street, in the distance at Grand Central Tram Stop was a blue tram from West Midlands Metro. It wasn't tram 17 or 31. It was tram 37. That was the tram named after Ozzy Osbourne! I got to the tram stop too late as I saw it depart, so got some zoom in's. Here also some older photos from a few years ago when it was pink. I think it has lost Ozzy's name.

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West Midlands Metro tram 37 has gone blue, that's Ozzy Osbourne's tram!





Walking along Stephenson Street, in the distance at Grand Central Tram Stop was a blue tram from West Midlands Metro. It wasn't tram 17 or 31. It was tram 37. That was the tram named after Ozzy Osbourne! I got to the tram stop too late as I saw it depart, so got some zoom in's. Here also some older photos from a few years ago when it was pink. I think it has lost Ozzy's name.


Heading up Stephenson Street, after checking out the new tracks at Centenary Square and Pinfold Street, in the distance saw a blue West Midlands Metro tram waiting at Grand Central Tram Stop.

It started to ring it's bells as a signal that it was departing. Noticed that it was tram 37. This was the tram named after Ozzy Osbourne. So this is at least the second tram to go fully blue in July 2019! The tram may have lost Ozzy's name with the new blue livery.

The newly blue tram 37 pulling out of Grand Central Tram Stop on Stephenson Street on a wet Saturday afternoon in July 2019, as it climbs up Stephenson Place towards Corporation Street. I couldn't see it very well at Corporation Street Tram Stop, also another pink tram was arriving at Grand Central.

Ok, lets flip back to June 2016. This was when I first got tram 37, when it was pink. Ozzy Osbourne himself unveiled the name at Corporation Street Tram Stop during May 2016 (I wasn't there).

The next time I got a photo of tram 37 in Birmingham City Centre was around December 2017. Seen here on the grass track near the Snow Hill Living Wall heading for Priestfield (the line beyond Priestfield into Wolverhampton at the time was closed to enable new tracks to be laid along the Bilston Road).

Shortly after it arrived at St Chad's Tram Stop in view of the BT Tower. Due to the position of the tram stop, Bull Street is now the recommended interchange stop with Birmingham Snow Hill Station. The old Snow Hill Tram Stop remains derelict and abandoned ever since this new tram stop opened. There is also plans to building another entrance into the existing Livery Street entrance on the Old Snow Hill side, not far from St Chad's Circus. Might make changing trams and trains much easier here. Then again, it's better to switch at Jewellery Quarter or The Hawthorns!

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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