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14 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Sports grounds around Birmingham viewed from the Library of Birmingham

While I've missed all of Birmingham We Are's Sky High visits, it's not like I've missed out when I keep going to the Library of Birmingham since it opened in 2013. The best views from the Secret Garden. This post with views of The Hawthorns (WBA), St Andrew's (BCFC), Villa Park (AVFC) and Edgbaston (Warwickshire CCC).

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Sports grounds around Birmingham viewed from the Library of Birmingham





While I've missed all of Birmingham We Are's Sky High visits, it's not like I've missed out when I keep going to the Library of Birmingham since it opened in 2013. The best views from the Secret Garden. This post with views of The Hawthorns (WBA), St Andrew's (BCFC), Villa Park (AVFC) and Edgbaston (Warwickshire CCC).


Villa Park: Aston Villa Football Club

This view of Villa Park looking towards Aston was taken from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham during March 2017. On a clear day you can also see the M6.

The Hawthorns: West Bromwich Albion Football Club

This was the first stadium I was able to take from the Library of Birmingham, during January 2017. My notes from the times says I took it from the Discovery Terrace, but I'm thinking now it was more likely from the Secret Garden. There is an area round the back of the Discovery Terrace, but it's only Level 3, compared to the Secret Garden on Level 7. Looking towards West Bromwich in Sandwell.

St Andrew's: Birmingham City Football Club

Located in the Small Heath area of the city, this view beyond the Rotunda was taken from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham during January 2018. That was the area of the city where the Peaky Blinders were based in.

Edgbaston: Warwickshire County Cricket Club

My first view of Edgbaston Cricket Ground was taken during April 2016 from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham. No games on that day.

My most recent view of Edgbaston from the Secret Garden was taken in August 2019, when England were playing Australia in the 1st Ashes test. This was on day 3 of 5. Fortress Edgbaston as they called it. But England ended up loosing the Test to Australia. So the Aussies go into the 2nd test at Lords 1-0.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Transport
12 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Central Buses Wedding Special - former London Transport red bus around Birmingham

I was on the no 50 bus in Kings Heath when I unexpectedly saw a red London bus, the Wedding Special bus heading in the Maypole direction. Camera wasn't out so no new photo of it (was unexpected). So here is some old photos of what I assume is the same bus in Birmingham City Centre in 2015 and 2016.

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Central Buses Wedding Special - former London Transport red bus around Birmingham





I was on the no 50 bus in Kings Heath when I unexpectedly saw a red London bus, the Wedding Special bus heading in the Maypole direction. Camera wasn't out so no new photo of it (was unexpected). So here is some old photos of what I assume is the same bus in Birmingham City Centre in 2015 and 2016.


Dudley Street, May 2015

The first time I spotted this bus was on Dudley Street in Birmingham, at the time Birmingham New Street Station wasn't quite finished (well not on the Station Street side). Licence plate no: JJD 411D. "Congratulations from Central Buses: Wedding Special".

Side view of this ex London Transport Routemaster, called Trudy, as seen on Dudley Street.

You're more likely now to see rail replacement coaches parked down here, than this vintage bus 4 years ago.

Back view of the ex red London bus.

Newhall Street / Great Charles Street Queensway, September 2016

The next time I spotted it, the bus was crossing over Newhall Street from the Jewellery Quarter, over Great Charles Street Queensway, to the other side of Newhall Street in the Colmore Business District.

Holliday Street, November 2016

My last photo to date of this bus was a view on Holliday Street in front of the Register Office. The view from the Holliday Street Aqueduct on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

More recently, I saw it (assuming it was this bus) heading down the Alcester Road South in Kings Heath. I was on a no 50 bus, sitting on the right on the top deck. I wasn't expecting it, and no time to pull my camera out. So the above archival photos from 2015 and 2016 will have to do for now. The last vintage London Routemaster I got photos of was a a picnic bus at the East Anglian Railway Museum in Essex.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
12 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of The Mercian in Birmingham - August 2019 update

The Mercian on Broad Street in Birmingham can now be seen above ground!  We can't wait till it appears on the skyline from further away. Take this update for some great photos.

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The Construction of The Mercian in Birmingham - August 2019 update





The Mercian on Broad Street in Birmingham can now be seen above ground!  We can't wait till it appears on the skyline from further away. Take this update for some great photos.


The Mercian can now be seen rising out of the ground. 

Progress continues at an incredibly fast pace with groundworks rapidly commencing across all parts of the site, with the lift formwork now being constructed.

Given all of this, we can now see the build peek above the hoardings.

Photo by Reiss Gordon Henry.

Webcam image from modaliving.reachtimelapse.co.uk

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley 

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Construction & regeneration
09 Aug 2019 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Exchange Square update as the build gets ever closer to completion

New external balconies are being added and brickwork is also rapidly nearing completion. Take the full post with latest photos by Reiss and artists impressions from Stephenson Studios.

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Exchange Square update as the build gets ever closer to completion





New external balconies are being added and brickwork is also rapidly nearing completion. Take the full post with latest photos by Reiss and artists impressions from Stephenson Studios.


ARTIST IMPRESSIONS

Artist Impressions by Stephenson Studio

Post by Stephen Giles/ Photos by Reiss Gordon Henry

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Transport
09 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

West Midlands Metro tram 29 the fifth tram to go fully blue and trying out the My Metro app

I downloaded the new My Metro app, registered, and bought an off peak return day ticket. I headed to Grand Central Tram Stop and caught West Midlands Metro tram 29 to West Bromwich Central Tram Stop. I didn't realise it that it was the fifth tram to be unveiled fully in blue, the week starting Monday 5th August 2019. Some other trams I saw on the 8th August 2019.

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West Midlands Metro tram 29 the fifth tram to go fully blue and trying out the My Metro app





I downloaded the new My Metro app, registered, and bought an off peak return day ticket. I headed to Grand Central Tram Stop and caught West Midlands Metro tram 29 to West Bromwich Central Tram Stop. I didn't realise it that it was the fifth tram to be unveiled fully in blue, the week starting Monday 5th August 2019. Some other trams I saw on the 8th August 2019.


I've been meaning for a while now to have another ride on the tram to West Bromwich from Birmingham, and it's been well over a year and a half since I travelled up to Bilston and before that Wednesbury. Wanting an easier way to buy a day ticket, than wait for the inspector, I downloaded the new My Metro app. After registering with it, and uploading a profile photo, my account was ready. I chose the option to buy an off peak return day ticket for £4.00. It's valid on weekdays between 9:30am and 3:30pm.

After getting my bus to town and heading past the Bullring and Birmingham New Street Station I got to Grand Central Tram Stop where I found West Midlands Metro tram 29 waiting at the platform. I hadn't realised at the time that it was the fifth tram to get the full blue livery (I've yet to spot tram 23 like this).

I've always found it best to board the tram at Grand Central, as it's more likely to be more empty than at the other tram stops. I sat somewhere near the back on the right. The other platform is still out of action until the next extension opens to Centenary Square.

I got the tram as far as West Bromwich Central, and took these views of West Midlands Metro tram 29.

One more view of tram 29, before heading to New Square in West Bromwich to find The Three Degrees statue (called The Celebration).

Earlier when I first got to Birmingham New Street Station, saw another tram waiting at Corporation Street Tram Stop (before I got to the tram at Grand Central). It was tram 31. It couldn't move until tram 29 (the tram I would catch) would begin it's journey towards Wolverhampton.

View of West Midlands Metro tram 31 from my seat on tram 29. It was still at Corporation Street tram stop, but it was about to move down to Grand Central.

Later back at West Bromwich Central Tram Stop, after another look around Dartmouth Park, I walked back to the tram stop to return to Birmingham. West Midlands Metro tram 21 in the Just Eat livery had arrived, on it's journey to Wolverhampton St George's.

Trams during the day are supposed to be every 6 minutes. Full side view of tram 21 in the Just Eat livery. See my previous post on the special livery trams here Blue ended West Midlands Metro trams with advertisements.

West Midlands Metro tram 28 arriving at West Bromwich Central. Still in pink. I caught this crowded tram back to Corporation Street Tram Stop. I suspect this could be next for the fulyl blue treatment. It has the battery packs on the roof racks.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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