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BirminghamWeAre is a community devoted to social value, providing a shared space for people who make a difference and together have a positive social impact across the City.

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19 Aug 2019 - FreeTimePays
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"16 of the best" from people with Birmingham passion for World Photography Day (2019)

Open up the post for a selection of stunning photography from some of Birmingham's growing people with passion at BirminghamWeAre - the community that just loves to promote its City!  

This photo courtesy Daniel Sturley.

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"16 of the best" from people with Birmingham passion for World Photography Day (2019)





Open up the post for a selection of stunning photography from some of Birmingham's growing people with passion at BirminghamWeAre - the community that just loves to promote its City!  

This photo courtesy Daniel Sturley.


Great view over Centenary Square, Birmingham - photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse.

Winterbourne House and Gardens - photo courtesy Barry Whitehead.

Botanical Gardens - photo courtesy Christine Wright.

Lickey Hills - photo courtesy Chris Fletcher.

Sunset over the City - courtesy Damien Walmsley.

Clouds and a splash of The Rotunda - courtesy Mac McCreery.

Gas Street Basin - courtesy Pete Davies.

Old Joe, University of Birmingham - courtesy Peter Leadbetter.

St Philips Cathedral - courtesy Karl Newton.

Canal reflections at night - courtesy Tammie Naughton.

Ozzy's tram no.37 makes its way through the City - courtesy Elliott Brown.

The Historic narrowboat Scorpio - courtesy Kev Maslin.

Reflections at Centenary Square - courtesy Jay Mason-Burns.

City skyline - courtesy Simon Felton.

A glorious sunset over the City's Council House - courtesy Victoria Ball.

All these great photographers can be found at www.BirminghamWeAre.com

Enjoy!

 

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Architecture
19 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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The Hyatt Hotel over the last decade

I've taken various photos over the years of the Hyatt Hotel either from Broad Street / Centenary Square or Gas Street Basin. Can also see it on the skyline from certain parts of the city. I again missed the sky high visit, but I'm always going up the Library of Birmingham for views, and they can get a bit boring taking the same views again and again. I've never been inside.

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The Hyatt Hotel over the last decade





I've taken various photos over the years of the Hyatt Hotel either from Broad Street / Centenary Square or Gas Street Basin. Can also see it on the skyline from certain parts of the city. I again missed the sky high visit, but I'm always going up the Library of Birmingham for views, and they can get a bit boring taking the same views again and again. I've never been inside.


The Hyatt Hotel was built in the late 1980s opening in 1990. Located at 2 Bridge Street in Birmingham next to Broad Street. A link bridge was built connecting the hotel to The ICC and Symphony Hall (you usually see politicians using it when party conferences are in town).

This view of the Hyatt taken from Broad Street near Centenary Square during April 2009. The House of Sport was still in the former Register Office building to the left (demolished in 2015).

This Gas Street Basin view of the Hyatt Hotel from taken during May 2010. Probably from the footbridge over Worcester Bar.

This view taken in June 2010 from Gas Street Basin. The crane from when the Library of Birmingham was first getting built.

Skipping to September 2013 and when the new Library of Birmingham was first opened. This view from the Secret Garden. Arena Central had yet to start, and the redevelopment of Centenary Square was about 4 years away.

By May 2016 the hotel had a new name: Hyatt Regency Birmingham. Again the view from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham.

More recently in July 2019 from Centenary Square when the reflective pool had opened. Giving a reflection of the Hyatt and other buildings.

View of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham with Arena Central from Gas Street Basin during August 2019. Including 1 Centenary Square (HSBC UK), 3 Arena Central and Holiday Inn Express. The footbridge at Worcester Bar always has nice views of the changes. Not forgetting the Alpha Tower. 

The Hyatt Regency Birmingham sign seen from the corner of Bridge Street and Broad Street during June 2009.

The old Hyatt sign up top seen during December 2009.

The new Hyatt Regency sign seen during May 2016. Now saying Hyatt Regency.

In December 2016 saw some workmen over the side of the Hyatt Regency I assume servicing the sign (or cleaning windows?). It's a long way up there!

The main entrance to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham Hotel from Bridge Street seen during August 2019. Politicians and celebrities alike would arrive here. Also sports stars. 

Late September 2018 from the Library of Birmingham. And preparations were underway for the Conservative Party Conference, which has been held in the city at The ICC and Symphony Hall about every 2 years. The main politicians usually stay in the Hyatt. Viewed from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham. The marquees were where the new reflective pools are now.

The area around the Hyatt was ringfenced off with a lot of security at the time. So work on Centenary Square and the West Midlands Metro extension had to stop that week.

In this February 2014 view from the Edgbaston Reservoir near the Icknield Port Loop, you can see the Library of Birmingham, Alpha Tower and Hyatt Hotel. The NIA / Barclaycard Arena (now Arena Birmingham) is on the left of the picture. Near the Alpha Tower is the Rotunda (on the left). And Three Brindleyplace was visible in front of the Hyatt.

The Hyatt is also visible from Tysely Station and the DMU depot of West Midlands Railway. In this skyline view from March 2019 you can see (from left to right): The Cube, The Sentinels (Cleveland tower and Clydesdale Tower), the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Holiday Inn Express (the TETRIS building at Arena Central), Beetham Tower (Radisson Blu Hotel), Alpha Tower, Dandara and the Centre City Tower.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown.

 

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Construction & regeneration
19 Aug 2019 - Stephen Giles
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Introducing 5 Centenary Square, Birmingham, UK

5 Centenary Square is the next build in the stunning Arena Central, Birmingham cluster.  Take the post to get the details on this Kier Property build which has been designed by Make Architects.

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Introducing 5 Centenary Square, Birmingham, UK





5 Centenary Square is the next build in the stunning Arena Central, Birmingham cluster.  Take the post to get the details on this Kier Property build which has been designed by Make Architects.


USE:

Erection of a 9-storey building comprising 225,086 sq ft of speculative office space, including a 7th floor external terrace overlooking Centenary Square.

A secure cycle store (64 bikes), with showers, refuse and plant rooms in addition to office space, will be located on the lower ground floor. 

The basement will contain car parking and plant rooms, of which 68 will be made available.

The development will see new landscaping & a public realm that will connect with the first phase of public realm works. 

DESIGN:

In terms of building design - 5CS is said to be a contemporary interpretation of the Portland stone & granite materials used by listed builds nearby.

DEVELOPER:

Arena Central Developments LLP

ARCHITECTS:

Make Architects 

DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE: 

https://arena-central.com/

PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER(S): 
2014/04004/PA (Reserved Matters)
2019/06718/PA (Revised Full Planning)
(https://bit.ly/2qQZ32O)

ARTISTS IMPRESSIONS OF THE BUILD - courtesy of Kier Property & Make Architects

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Construction & regeneration
19 Aug 2019 - FreeTimePays
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - 18 August 2019

Such is the pace of this exciting build (now at level 17 of 26) our people with passion are contributing regularly in order to keep the community updated on developments at 103 Colmore Row. Take the article for a great gallery and construction update brought to you by It's Your Build. 

 

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - 18 August 2019





Such is the pace of this exciting build (now at level 17 of 26) our people with passion are contributing regularly in order to keep the community updated on developments at 103 Colmore Row. Take the article for a great gallery and construction update brought to you by It's Your Build. 

 


A wonderful collection of images from our growing band of people with passion for construction in Birmingham. 

The concrete core is now at level 17 out of 26. 

Photos courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photos courtesy Alan Webb (Twitter @x_Brum)

Photos courtesy Elliott Brown

For more posts on 103 Colmore row, an interactive map of the site and to see our huge growing gallery of images, connect HERE.

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Photography
16 Aug 2019 - FreeTimePays
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'Sky High' Birmingham from the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with the City's creatives (August 2019)

A wonderful gallery of stunning photography from the 18th Floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with stunning views of the City, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square, Westside, Broad Street, the canal at Gas Street Basin and the ongoing works at Arena Central. Enjoy! 

Above photo courtesy Barry Whitehead.

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'Sky High' Birmingham from the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with the City's creatives (August 2019)





A wonderful gallery of stunning photography from the 18th Floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with stunning views of the City, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square, Westside, Broad Street, the canal at Gas Street Basin and the ongoing works at Arena Central. Enjoy! 

Above photo courtesy Barry Whitehead.


View from Hyatt Regency to the Centenary Square on to the Library of Birmingham and beyond

Photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead

Photo courtesy Pete Davies 

Photo courtesy Simon Felton

Photo courtesy Simon Felton

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead

 

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Photo courtesy Tammie Naughton

 

View from Hyatt Regency to the Chamberlain Square and beyond

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse

Photo courtesy Tammie Naughton

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead

 

View from Hyatt Regency to Arena Central

Photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse

 

View from Hyatt Regency over Westside and up Broad Street

Photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Pete Davies

 

View from Hyatt looking down on Gas Street Basin, the canal and historic Birmingham

Photo courtesy Pete Davies

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Photo courtesy Pete Davies

Photo courtesy Simon Felton

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

 

Panoramic Birmingham

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead 

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