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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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Construction & regeneration
24 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
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'Sky High' Birmingham on Summer Solstice from the top of Bank Tower 2 - what a view!

What a stunning view of Birmingham, our People with Passion at ItsyourBuild were able to capture in some great photography taken on the longest day of the year in 2019 (June 21st).

We hope you enjoy this gallery of photos from the very talented Stephen Giles and Karl Newton.

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'Sky High' Birmingham on Summer Solstice from the top of Bank Tower 2 - what a view!





What a stunning view of Birmingham, our People with Passion at ItsyourBuild were able to capture in some great photography taken on the longest day of the year in 2019 (June 21st).

We hope you enjoy this gallery of photos from the very talented Stephen Giles and Karl Newton.


For posts and an amazing gallery tracking the build of Bank Towers I and II click HERE.

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Construction & regeneration
24 Jun 2019 - Stephen Giles
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Exciting times at The Mercian (Moda Tower) - June 2019 update

Frenzied activity lately. The crane base has been installed behind those hoardings, and the rest of the site is extensively undergoing groundworks. Exciting times!

Map of the site

Greater Birmingham Developments Overview Map

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Exciting times at The Mercian (Moda Tower) - June 2019 update





Frenzied activity lately. The crane base has been installed behind those hoardings, and the rest of the site is extensively undergoing groundworks. Exciting times!

Map of the site

Greater Birmingham Developments Overview Map


Pictures by Stephen Giles

Project Overview

HEIGHT: 42 floors (132m) 
DEVELOPER: MODA Group
ARCHITECT: Glenn Howells Architects
CONTRACTOR: John Sisk and Son
USE: Residential

42 storey mixed use development, comprising of a thirty-nine storey resi building (30 studios, 163 one, 260 two & 28 three beds) constructed on top of a three-storey podium, with over 30,000 square foot of communal amenity space throughout.

Amenities will include the UK's first ever 200m running track on a habitable building, 24-hour concierge service, app controlled lifts, terraces, indoor/ outdoor cinema & dining club, offices, wellbeing zones, co-working space, gym, secure car and cycle parking & a cycle hub.

The development is being funded by a portfolio of investors, namely Apache Capital, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, NFU Mutual and Goldman Sachs

Artists impression from Glenn Howells Architects

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History & heritage
20 Jun 2019 - Elliott Brown
Did you know?

Metchley Roman Fort between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB

I've seen many Roman ruins across France, Italy and Spain. Here in the UK there are ruins but not as easy to see. In Birmingham was a Roman Fort in the Edgbaston area. Now under the path between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB. Information signs gives you details on the site! 

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Metchley Roman Fort between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB





I've seen many Roman ruins across France, Italy and Spain. Here in the UK there are ruins but not as easy to see. In Birmingham was a Roman Fort in the Edgbaston area. Now under the path between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB. Information signs gives you details on the site! 


On my travels I've seen visible Roman ruins. Recently went to Tarragona in Spain and was many Roman ruins there. An Amphitheatre, Circus, Forum etc (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). I also saw Roman ruins in Barcelona under the History of Barcelona Museum. 

Last year (2018) saw a Roman Theatre, Cistern (went down a spiral staircase for that) and Acropolis (that was Etruscan) in Volterra, Italy. Went to the Roman Forum in Rome back in 2006. Was also a Roman Theatre in Vienne, France that I saw in 2017.

In the UK, I've seen Roman ruins in Dorchester, Dorset but ruins just visible above the ground. That visit in April 2012 to the Dorchester Roman Town House. More recently in Colchester, Essex was some Roman walls, and evidence of a Roman Theatre. Colchester was the 1st Roman City developed, although it's just a town now. 

Various museums around Europe have Roman artifacts / columns etc, including at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Also seen marble busts of Roman Emperors in museums. 

Here in Birmingham you don't have to travel far. Get buses to the QEHB or University Station. And between those was Metchley Roman Fort!

First 5 photos taken during February 2013. 

First up this sign about the Fort detailing the Roman street of Via Decumana. It was a significant place over 2000 years ago. 

This path along the line of what was Via Decumana.  The moder path between the University and hospital intersects the line of the historic road. 

On this sign about the Fort being built in AD 48. But was only occupied for 10 years. Years later converted into a Fort on a smaller scale. 

Near the site of the North Gate of Metchley Roman Fort. The modern plaza had been designed to reflect Birmingham's heritage. 

This sign by the site of the Eastern defences of the Fort. There was an earth bank and ditches here. 

The next two photos taken in August 2015.

Over the years I keep walking between the QEHB and the University of Birmingham (or vice versa) and keep going past the Metchley Roman Fort site. This sign detailing it being one of the oldest archaeological sites in Birmingham! There was two forts on this site, but both were short lived. 

Sign taken before. But without my shadow. Sometimes forget what I've taken before, especially if taking signs like this again! Various finds on the site including pots. Also details of the Bronze Age and Post Medieval period. 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown (over 1000 followers!).

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Environment & green action
19 Jun 2019 - Karl Newton
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Moseley Park & Pool, Moseley, Birmingham

A collection of my photography taken at Moseley private park and pool. 

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Moseley Park & Pool, Moseley, Birmingham





A collection of my photography taken at Moseley private park and pool. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Transport
18 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

The future of HS2! With You!

Using the power of social media, we are proposing the use of a shared digital space for business and community across the Country to populate, express their views and add weight to the HS2 case!

This we propose be hosted at www.HS2withYou.com, a domain available which can be designed and live within days.

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The future of HS2! With You!





Using the power of social media, we are proposing the use of a shared digital space for business and community across the Country to populate, express their views and add weight to the HS2 case!

This we propose be hosted at www.HS2withYou.com, a domain available which can be designed and live within days.


There are a growing number of online reviews and discussions taking place over the future of HS2.  This will continue given the current political climate.

 There are some significant differences of opinion.

But across community, particularly in the Midlands and the North, there is considerable support for HS2!

 

Supporting HS2 in the Midlands, we have Andy Street and representing Commerce in Greater Birmingham, Paul Faulkner of the Greater Chamber of Commerce.

The vast majority of people in the community we engage with via www.BirminghamWeAre.com and www.ItsYourBuild.com back HS2.

We are well aware of the implications for many if work was to be put on hold and the uncertainty has already led many to rethink their plans and linked investment over other infrastructure decisions.

Community and business engagement by HS2

HS2 Limited has done a great job in its engagement of business and community, and we’ll add to this at a crucial time over its future.

We have the ideal platform to pull the business and community case together in the one digital space.  The digi-tech is called FreeTimePays and an example of its use and application can be seen at www.ItsyourBuild.com.

A similar collaborative space can be up and running within days as the tech already exists.  Furthermore, we have an ideal domain through which to manage the engagement and the insight and more importantly a space that could be shared by multiple contributors as a collaborative environment to build the case for HS2.

HS2withYou.com

 

Proposition

To provide an engagement space that is self-populated by business and the public creating a ‘Community of Passion’ that is totally behind the continuation of HS2.

With the support of HS2 Ltd and others such as Chambers of Commerce, we would engage with a steering group (those vocal and open in their support) and create a space where community and business can connect, share resource and demonstrate both the individual and collective case for HS2.

We have a well mapped out model for creating such a ‘Community of Passion’ and with our ItsyourBuild connections combined with those from the Chambers and other organisations across the regions, this can start to come together within days!

Step 1

Connect with a steering group. Initial face to face discussions can then move on-line.

Step 2

Create the first collaborative project in our secure Community Workspace and set up a chat between the engagement steering group.

Step 3

Pool existing material already published in different locations and build a centralised library (private or public access can be assigned to each).

Step 4

Identify sources of fresh insight and opinion.  A database of links and URLs to material being gathered.

Step 5

Create secure list of contacts who are keen to be involved.  For example, community contributors at ItsyourBuild have engaged with several contractors and this has led to further opportunities to engage.

Step 6

‘Map and track’ business interests – this is a great visual tool for mapping all those with an interest in HS2. Those where investments made; those where investments pending, those who are seeing a return already; those with views over what it could mean for their business; supply chain interests etc.

Step 7

‘Map and track’ community interests – as above but bringing in those who can see clear returns for their community. (e.g. education, social value, etc)

Step 8

Give contributors access so they can add content to HS2withYou and create their own project in support of HS2 and invite their contacts.

This community will then Scale!

Step 9

Build and grow the engagement and the insight.

Step 10

Connect with others who can utilise the insight to present a collective and well informed case.

Next steps

A visual presentation of what can be delivered.

This can be carried out digitally on-line and then with invited parties from Corporates and other interest groups.

With resource committed, we would be aiming to have the engagement well in place for the time the new PM is announced.

Contact to discuss

Jonathan Bostock

jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com

m: 07432 637322

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