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23 Sep 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - September 2019 photo update

The concrete core for 103 Colmore Row is complete and construction focus will move to the lower structure, we hope we can get some photos from inside the site, nudge/wink etc.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - September 2019 photo update





The concrete core for 103 Colmore Row is complete and construction focus will move to the lower structure, we hope we can get some photos from inside the site, nudge/wink etc.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Sport & leisure
21 Sep 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Rugby World Cup 2015 in Birmingham (September 2015)

I can't believe that it has already been 4 years since the Rugby World Cup was held in England in 2015. As the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup has already got underway. Looking back to September 2015, when a giant rugby ball was in Centenary Square (in front of the Library of Birmingham), and a Fan Zone set up on Eastside Green (now HS2 development land at Curzon Street Station).

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Rugby World Cup 2015 in Birmingham (September 2015)





I can't believe that it has already been 4 years since the Rugby World Cup was held in England in 2015. As the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup has already got underway. Looking back to September 2015, when a giant rugby ball was in Centenary Square (in front of the Library of Birmingham), and a Fan Zone set up on Eastside Green (now HS2 development land at Curzon Street Station).


Giant Rugby Ball in Centenary Square

The Rugby World Cup 2015 got under way on the 18th September 2015, held in England (it finished on the 31st October 2015). Villa Park was used as a venue in Birmingham. On the day that the new Birmingham New Street Station opened, I headed over the Centenary Square to check out the giant rugby ball.

From the period of 2013 to 2017 there was grass in front of the Library of Birmingham, and to the right they place the giant rugby ball.

You could use the hashtag #RWC2015 on Twitter. In late September 2015 was the last time that you could see The Big Hoot 2015 in Centenary Square, before the owls were sold off for auction.

Towards Baskerville House and the Hall of Memory. The now closed Birmingham Central Library had yet to be demolished (that would start in December 2015).

Fan Zone Birmingham at Eastside Green

The fan zone was being set up around the middle of September 2015. Here you could see it from Eastside City Park.

Barriers in the way, but you could see some Rugby World Cup 2015 goal posts that fans could play with.

There was also fun fair rides being set up.

Best view from the train. This on the day I caught a train from Stechford to the newly reopened Birmingham New Street Station, 4 years ago in September 2015. Passing the old Curzon Street Station in Eastside.

The Masshouse apartment blocks dominates the scene as the England 2015 Rugby goal posts was now full inflated for fans to interact with.

The fun fair rides seen to the left.

Birmingham Snow Hill Station - Livery Street Entrance

I saw signs and banners for the Rugby World Cup 2015 at Birmingham Snow Hill Station during October 2015 (probably near the end of the last World Cup). Didn't really follow the matches, but sounds like England got knocked out in the group stages, and they were the hosts!  These banners seen near the ticket machine, close to the doors of the Livery Street Entrance.

RWC15 bunting on both sides of the tunnel to the escalators and stairsto platforms 1, 2 and 3.

Combo of various signs with #RWC2015 and England 2015 at the Livery Street Entrance of Birmingham Snow Hill Station. Always seems like it's just me whenever I used this entrance (guess everyone else is using Colmore Row).

The England 2015 bunting seen in the Livery Street Entrance at platform 1 and 2 at Birmingham Snow Hill Station. Assume that I probably got the train to Snow Hill Station and getting off on platform 1 (at the time - it was 4 years ago). At this stage it's the semi finals with only the southern hemisphere sides remaining (Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina).

The champions was New Zealand. Australia was the runners up.

Matches at Villa Park included on the following dates:

26th September 2015 - South Africa 46-6 Samoa in Pool B.
27th September 2015 - Australia 65-8 Uruguay in Pool A.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
19 Sep 2019 - Daniel Sturley
News & Updates

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - September 2019

Hot News! The concrete core for 103 Colmore Row appears to be complete with the slip-form being removed from the 26th floor of the mini-core. Three more photos in the full post, plus some from the last week or so, many more in the full gallery of this feature project.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - September 2019





Hot News! The concrete core for 103 Colmore Row appears to be complete with the slip-form being removed from the 26th floor of the mini-core. Three more photos in the full post, plus some from the last week or so, many more in the full gallery of this feature project.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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History & heritage
19 Sep 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham Heritage Week (14th to 15th September 2019): Bournville - Selly Manor and the Serbian Orthodox Church. Edgbaston - Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Three venues visited over the weekend of the 14th and 15th September 2019. Selly Manor (including Minworth Greaves) and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Bournville. Then the next day to Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston (was really busy there).

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Birmingham Heritage Week (14th to 15th September 2019): Bournville - Selly Manor and the Serbian Orthodox Church. Edgbaston - Birmingham Botanical Gardens





Three venues visited over the weekend of the 14th and 15th September 2019. Selly Manor (including Minworth Greaves) and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Bournville. Then the next day to Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston (was really busy there).


Selly Manor

The first of the two buildings at Selly Manor. George Cadbury, the founder of Bournville bought the building in 1907 and arranged for it to be moved from Selly Oak to where it stands today. Now at the corner of Sycamore Road and Maple Road. The heritage open day was on Saturday 14th September 2019 during Birmingham Heritage Week.

A look at the exterior.

Selly Manor was moved to this site in 1916. It is now operated as Selly Manor Museum by Bournville Village Trust. It is a Grade II listed building. The exit steps from the top floor is seen to the left. The main entrance was around to the left.

Interiors: a dining room table I think on the ground floor. The house contains the Laurence Cadbury furniture collection with objects dating from 1500 to 1900.

Costumes on a table including hats. Kids could try them on and look in the mirror. On the first floor. There is about six rooms inside to see.

The ceiling and one of the windows I think on the attic floor. So small in here I exited too quickly, as the steps near here led back outside! William Alexander Harvey the architect managed the restoration from 1909 to 1916.

Minworth Greaves

The second of two buildings at Selly Manor. Near Maple Road in Bournville. I've seen it before back in 2009, but this was my first time inside. Thought to date to the 13th century, it was moved here in 1932 by Laurence Cadbury.

Walking round the back of Minworth Greaves. This site is quite small, compared to other places I've been to (Manor House wise).

A Grade II listed building. William Alexander Harvey supervised the re-build from 1929 to 1932. The interior looking up at the roof to the trio of coat of arms. The Birmingham Watercolour Society Exhibition was on from the 3rd to 14th September 2019.

One of the three coat of arms at the back of Minworth Greaves. This one on the left.

View of the timber framed ceiling from the back looking to the middle. A curtain divides the two sections. The exhibition was below.

Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Prince Lazar

The Heritage Open Day was held in Bournville on Saturday 14th September 2019. Located on Griffins Brook Lane near Cob Lane. I had to use Google Maps directions to find it via the Merritts Brook Greenway. It's not far from the Bristol Road South.

Built in 1968, it is also known as the Lazarica Church. It was built for political refugees from Yugoslavia after World War II.

Serbs have been associate with Bournville since Dame Elizabeth Cadbury sponsored thirteen Serbian refugee children of World War I.

A look at the colourful interior. Very impressive as you head into the main entrance. Looks likes something straight out of Serbia (I've never been).

Just before the exit, the group of visitors also admiring this building.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

It was free to enter the Botanical Gardens on Sunday 15th September 2019, the Heritage Open Day during Birmingham Heritage Week. And loads of people showed up, families with kids. Was a really busy day in Edgbaston! Located on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston, the gardens was designed in 1829 by J. C. Loudon and opened to the public in 1832. Near the entance is various tropical houses. Also on the site is bird houses and a bandstand.

The Subtropical House

It simulates climatic conditions found between the warm temperate and tropical regions of the world.

Mediterranean House

The plants in this house grow in parts of the world that typically have hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters so the main growing season is late winter and spring.

The Bird Houses

Various birds in the four giant cages here. On the open day I saw the peacocks on the roof! When I got close to the cages, was able to get some decent photos through the cages of the birds.

The Bandstand

A band was there for the day performing songs during the afternoon. It is Grade II listed and was built in 1873.

Near the entrance and exit was these pink and blue Heritage Open Days balloons on the spiral staircase. Was loads more people coming in as we exited. And also lots of cars coming around Westbourne Road (clogging up the traffic). We walked a distance away from the Botanical Gardens to get here. You could also get the no 23 or 24 buses (but they were also stuck in traffic). Also the no 1 bus was nearby.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
18 Sep 2019 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Introducing 211 Broad Street - a 36 storey glass build in Birmingham

Another great article from Stephen Giles, one of our people with passion in Birmingham who's following all the builds across the City.  Here Stephen introduces us to the glass tower planned at 211 Broad Street.

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Introducing 211 Broad Street - a 36 storey glass build in Birmingham





Another great article from Stephen Giles, one of our people with passion in Birmingham who's following all the builds across the City.  Here Stephen introduces us to the glass tower planned at 211 Broad Street.


A new 36-storey glass tower is set join the high-rise club on Broad Street after plans were revealed recently.

Taylor Grange Developments, a Birmingham based property developer, plan to construct a ‘super slender’ block of 264 serviced apartments with hotel facilities, on land at 211 Broad Street.

The scheme has been designed by Broad Street trend-setters, Glancy Nicholls Architects, with Court Collaboration as development manager.

The project will see 33 storeys of serviced apartments with three floors of podium space intended for retail, food and drink outlets, along with a residents' lounge and gym.

Artist Impressions from Glancy Nicholls Architects

The development will be operated by an international hotel brand, who will bring a brand new presence to Birmingham.

No parking provision will be allocated, which has been deemed acceptable by Planning Officers, due to the Midland Metro Westside Phase 2 tram extension arriving in 2021.

Appropriate cycle storage will be incorporated into the scheme instead.

FIRST UP: DEMOLITION

Today, the site is currently occupied by the unlisted Transport House and 117-118 Tennant Street at the rear. Both have been vacant since 2015 and will be not be retained.

Transport House: Image by Graham Young

They have been fully assessed, with both concluded as having low importance of evidential value, and not holding any significance worthy of preservation.

Rear of Transport House: Image by Graham Young

'SUPER-SLENDER'

The application has evolved from 32 floors to 36, with the Council welcoming the design, glass and of course, the height, with a real belief that the proposal brings out the best out of the site.

And this rings true. The narrow width of the site necessitates an efficient use of the land, given the compact nature of the site.

At an incredible 9.5m in width, 211 Broad Street represents a unique opportunity for a high density ‘super-slender’ tower to not only maximise the site, but to further enhance the skyline.

Artist Impression from Glancy Nicholls Architects

There will be 8 apartments per floor, signage - presumably for the hotel operator - and a crown parapet level, taking the entire building, from base to top, up to 116.5 metres tall.

ARCHITECTURAL RELATIONSHIP

The scale of 211 Broad Street is a direct response to the built context of its surroundings.

The building will provide a natural step down from Moda, or a step up from Hilton, depending on which perspective you look from.

The connection not only comes from its height, but also through a shared rhythm of podiums and active lower levels.

Artist Impressions from Glancy Nicholls Architects

Another crucial component of the development is this active frontage facing onto Tennant Street (see below). Cycle parking is likely to be based just within.

Once a non-descript street, with little in the way of character, is now quickly becoming a crucial cog in the revitalisation of the area.

Artist Impression from Glancy Nicholls Architects

THE FACADE 

A unitised façade system will take pride of place and give the building a glass box effect, thus maximising the views out of the window. It'll ooze simpleness.

No openable windows are proposed, so the architects have once again incorporated a slot vent system into their proposal.

The system allows fresh air in, and fresh air to go out. It will be incorporated into the spandrel panels on the glazing, which has been meticulously designed to minimise the impact on the façade.

SITE CONSTRAINTS

Like any site, it'll have to overcome a wide range of issues. This development is no exception.

Noise: Broad Street is the entertainment capital of the Midlands, which of course brings a few extra added layers of decibels with it.

The street has a wide array of facilities within close proximity to each other, high spec noise insulation will need to be implemented to ensure a high quality scheme remains so.

Proximity: 29m is all that separates 211 Broad Street from The Mercian next door, and just 10m from The Mercian's fourteen-storey shoulder. 

In the other direction, Hampton by Hilton lies within 30m.

During pre-app talks, the issue of overlooking onto MODA's rented units was established. The issue has since been remedied, with an agreement in place to reposition serviced apartments away from prying eyes.

Buildability: The sites narrowness poses a constraint, and then you've got crane(s) to contend with. A level of technical and structural innovation will be required to build this.

EXTERNAL LIGHTING & SIGNAGE

The building will feature an two extra storeys of plant level, featuring potential integrated hotel signage and a crown feature - arguably the most visible element of the entire building.

The glazed middle, however, will not be externally lit but will instead rely on internal lighting from within the apartments.

The crown will naturally hide the BMU unit (Building Maintenance Unit) and lift overruns.

This also has the potential to be visually permeable at night. 

Precedents used by the architect include 610 Lexington Avenue, in New York City.

Image by Foster & Partners

The podium will also be lit from within, providing a clean, active frontage onto the busy street.

We’ll find out how these plans pan out as the application evolves over the coming months. 

Artist Impression from Glancy Nicholls Architects

Watch this space!

Next up: 100 Broad Street

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