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Construction & regeneration
29 Jul 2019 - Stephen Giles
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Bloc Grand Central Update - demolition complete and site cleared!

BLOC Grand Central Update: Site all cleared; piling rig due to arrive; and building contractor to be announced. Take our great article to see just how quick work has progressed through 2019.  

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Bloc Grand Central Update - demolition complete and site cleared!





BLOC Grand Central Update: Site all cleared; piling rig due to arrive; and building contractor to be announced. Take our great article to see just how quick work has progressed through 2019.  


Before the exciting Bloc Grand Central Hotel can commence, Gallan House, an unsightly sixties building needed to come down.

Bloc Hotels Group have had their fair share of hiccups along the way, but scaffolding went up all around the building in March (2019), Station Road was then reduced to one lane, and Cawarden Co. Demolition finally consigned Gallan House to the history books.

Check out its progress here:

DECEMBER 2018:

Internal stripout underway

After a few hiccups, the site went quiet. But then..

MARCH 2019:

Scaffolding starts to go up, Station Road was reduced to one lane, with fencing going up to aid demolition crews, and the building was of course fully wrapped for health and safety.

APRIL:

Portacabins were delivered on site one by one.

MAY:

A Cawarden Co. Demolition excavator arrived on site.

Quick progress was being made over the coming weeks.

JUNE:

Going, going, pretty much gone!

Big brother and his little bruv sifting through the rubble.

JULY:

LATEST PICTURES OF THE SITE - JULY 28TH:

Lets hope in the next update we'll see a piling rig on site. Roll on construction!

Photos by Greater Birmingham Developments: Tomas Grunt, Stephen Giles and Reiss Gordon Henry.

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Construction & regeneration
26 Jul 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - July 2019

Here's a small gallery of construction photos from the nearly externally complete Two Chamberlain Square.

Map of the site

Birmingham developments overview map

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - July 2019





Here's a small gallery of construction photos from the nearly externally complete Two Chamberlain Square.

Map of the site

Birmingham developments overview map


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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History & heritage
26 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail

Most of the time I see the Coventry Evening Telegraph van used by the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during the weeks that they have graduations on. Such as in April or July. I once also saw it over at the Tyseley Locomotive Works during an open day I went to. Reg no: H1 CET. Bonus photo at the end of a Birmingham Mail van once spotted in the Austin Village, Northfield.

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Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail





Most of the time I see the Coventry Evening Telegraph van used by the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during the weeks that they have graduations on. Such as in April or July. I once also saw it over at the Tyseley Locomotive Works during an open day I went to. Reg no: H1 CET. Bonus photo at the end of a Birmingham Mail van once spotted in the Austin Village, Northfield.


I first noticed the Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during July 2017. That week was the graduation week, where they put up a marquee on the lawn, and have Johnsons coaches to take graduates and their families to Birmingham Town Hall.

Graduates can get a copy of the paper and their name in the Birmingham Mail of the list of Aston University graduates. This was also July 2017.

In the years since, keep seeing it on campus, and kept resisting taking more photos of it. Took a new photo of it during the July 2019 graduation week. On the hottest July day of the year so far! Was hitting 33°C as I went through the campus.

I've also see it at the Tyseley Locomotive Works. This was during the September 2018 open day, when Vintage Trains was celebrating 50 years of the museum and works being open. Here the Birmingham Mail were giving out goody bags.

Bonus photo taken during April 2012 in the Austin Village near Northfield. When I saw this old The Birmingham Mail van. For G. & H. Purcell Newsagents & Tobacconists. Licence plate no: HPG 98.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Environment & green action
25 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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The Shire Country Park from the Stratford Road to Scribers Lane in Hall Green / Yardley Wood

This hidden parkland with walking paths is between Hall Green and Yardley Wood. Named after JRR Tolkien's The Shire from The Hobbit. The route takes you past Sarehole Mill. Then eventually through The Dingles and Trittiford Mill Pool. You don't have to do it all in one go. Even good for winter walks. Plenty of wildlife around too!

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The Shire Country Park from the Stratford Road to Scribers Lane in Hall Green / Yardley Wood





This hidden parkland with walking paths is between Hall Green and Yardley Wood. Named after JRR Tolkien's The Shire from The Hobbit. The route takes you past Sarehole Mill. Then eventually through The Dingles and Trittiford Mill Pool. You don't have to do it all in one go. Even good for winter walks. Plenty of wildlife around too!


Greet Mill Meadows

The River Cole with it's waterfall seen in the Greet Mill Meadows section of the Shire Country Park during April 2009. Seen from the road bridge. This is on the no 6 bus route, also the no 1 and now 1A passes over this part of the Stratford Road. The Millstream Way heads along the River Cole towards Sarehole Mill.

The flooded ford of the River Cole that crosses Green Road in Hall Green. Seen during March 2018. There is a footbridge for pedestrians. Cars though have to drive through the river. When flooded, they sometimes get stuck here! This is between the Greet Mill Meadows and the Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground.

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground

This view of the Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground during March 2018 with new gravel footpath. The path leads towards Green Road and the flooded ford. The other direction leads to Sarehole Mill and Cole Bank Road (on the 11A / 11C and no 5 bus routes). On the Moseley / Hall Green border.

John Morris Jones Walkway

Seen during January 2011 from the Brook Lane end, this path leads towards the Cole Bank Road in Hall Green. That winter I found the path too muddy, so I didn't walk all the way. Usually better along here during the spring and summer months. It follows the path of the River Cole.

The Dingles

This section of the Shire Country Park goes from Brook Lane towards Highfield Road on the Hall Green / Yardley Wood border. Seen here during a sunny March 2012. The River Cole and the Chinn Brook both flow through this area. When you get to Highfield Road, you have a choice: either head through the Chinn Brook Recreation Ground, or go around the Trittiford Mill Pool.

Trittiford Mill Pool

The perfect place for a Christmas Day morning was was the Trittiford Mill Pool. Near Highfield Road and Priory Road in Yardley Wood. This was on the 25th December 2013. You can walk all the way around the lake, going past the River Cole. Many bird species to see. The usual gulls, swans, geese, ducks etc. The footpath was resurfaced in 2016. I even popped along when there was snow here during December 2017 (looked quite wintery).

Scribers Lane

Beyond the Trittiford Mill Pool is Scribers Lane. This section seen during a walk in May 2016. Scribers Lane starts at the end of the Mill Pool, then heads towards Slade Lane alongside the River Cole. Beyond is more parkland that follows the Shakespeare line south of Yardley Wood Station, but I'm not sure if you can walk through the overgrowth, but it leads to Colebrook Road over in Solihull.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
25 Jul 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

Cranes Across the City - July 2019 Update

Here is the crane photography update for July including the new pair for the construction of the Mercian on Broad Street (above).

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Cranes Across the City - July 2019 Update





Here is the crane photography update for July including the new pair for the construction of the Mercian on Broad Street (above).


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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