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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
13 Aug 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - August 2021

The external construction of 103 Colomore Row is essentially complete with the large covered recess on the Colmore Row side  being finalised. A large gallery of photos covering April to early August in the full article.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - August 2021





The external construction of 103 Colomore Row is essentially complete with the large covered recess on the Colmore Row side  being finalised. A large gallery of photos covering April to early August in the full article.


17th April

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

24th April

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

29th April

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

30th April

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

3rd May

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

4th May

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

9th May

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

16th May

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

17th May

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

28th May

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

1st June

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Photography by Stephen Giles.

5th June

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

9th June

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

12th June

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

13th June

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

21st June

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

29th June

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

30th June

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

10th July

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

14th July

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

19th July

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

20th July

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

25th July

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

28th July

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

1st August

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Photography by Elliott Brown.

3rd August

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Click: 103 Colmore Row Construction Photo Gallery for more.

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Daniel Sturley Rivers, lakes & canals
12 Aug 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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A Short Walk along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Between Newhall and Livery Street

One of the most interesting stretches of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal can be found in the City Centre between the Newhall Street Bridge and the Livery Street Rail Bridge, unless you are somewhat claustrophobic! Mind your head and enjoy a great urbanscape away from the bustle of the Jewellery Quarter.

A gallery of photos along this route on 27th July is in the full article.

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A Short Walk along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Between Newhall and Livery Street





One of the most interesting stretches of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal can be found in the City Centre between the Newhall Street Bridge and the Livery Street Rail Bridge, unless you are somewhat claustrophobic! Mind your head and enjoy a great urbanscape away from the bustle of the Jewellery Quarter.

A gallery of photos along this route on 27th July is in the full article.


Starting at the Newhall Street Bridge and tunnel and heading east will take you down to where the canal passes under Brindley House. From here you eventually reach the tiny tunnel under the Livery Street Road Bridge and immediately into the cavernous Livery Street Rail Bridge Tunnel. A spiral staircase will take you back up onto Livery Street.

To start the trail, take the steps down from Newhall Street to the canal towpath. Alternatively join the canal from Fleet Street by crossing the bridge opposite the Michell's and Butler building. 

 

Looking down the tunnel under the Newhall Street Bridge.

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Looking back the other way (west).

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Here's the canal as you emerge underneath Brindley House.

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Here we look back at the tunnel under Ludgate Hill.

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This is the much smaller Livery Street Road tunnel which sits directly alongside the cavernous rail tunnel.

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Here we looki back from the Liver Street road tunnel.

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Now we emerge into the massive rail tunnel.

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Here there is a spiral staircase up to Livery Street.

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

We hope you enjoyed this trail created with the help of our great Birmingham community. 

Go HERE to see other trails and maps you may enjoy. 

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
12 Aug 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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Inspirational tour of The Gothic (July 2021)

In July 2021, Cordia Blackswan invited It's Your Build and Birmingham We Are to visit the The Gothic. The light was great for some really atmospheric photos that shows the amazing historic detail of the building early in its refurbishment.

Take the full article for some stunning images of this great historic Jewellery Quarter building to be found on Great Hampton Street.

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Inspirational tour of The Gothic (July 2021)





In July 2021, Cordia Blackswan invited It's Your Build and Birmingham We Are to visit the The Gothic. The light was great for some really atmospheric photos that shows the amazing historic detail of the building early in its refurbishment.

Take the full article for some stunning images of this great historic Jewellery Quarter building to be found on Great Hampton Street.


The Gothic is a stunning building!

It was a privalege to be invited to view the building and as you will see the lighting was just perfect for some great atmospheric photography.  

We hope you think so too.  Enjoy!

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Photography by Daniel Sturley and Stephen Giles.

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
10 Aug 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August 2021

The construction of One Centenary Way continues with a large parts of the structure up to floor nine. The building is now starting to dominate the view from Centenary Square and will soon mostly block sight of 103 Colmore Row from here. Photos from 7th August in this gallery.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August 2021





The construction of One Centenary Way continues with a large parts of the structure up to floor nine. The building is now starting to dominate the view from Centenary Square and will soon mostly block sight of 103 Colmore Row from here. Photos from 7th August in this gallery.


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Photography by Daniel Sturley

See more in the full gallery here: One Centenary Way Construction Photography

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09 Aug 2021 - Elliott Brown
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A visit to Sandwell Valley Country Park on the 4th August 2021

I've been meaning to do a proper walk around of Sandwell Valley Country Park for a while now. My last visit four years ago for the Big Sleuth, I didn't get far into the park. This time entered via Salters Lane, passed a farm, then a bridge over the M5 led to Swan Pool. Eventually got back on the main path and found the Sandwell Priory ruins before one more bridge over the motorway.

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A visit to Sandwell Valley Country Park on the 4th August 2021





I've been meaning to do a proper walk around of Sandwell Valley Country Park for a while now. My last visit four years ago for the Big Sleuth, I didn't get far into the park. This time entered via Salters Lane, passed a farm, then a bridge over the M5 led to Swan Pool. Eventually got back on the main path and found the Sandwell Priory ruins before one more bridge over the motorway.


Previous Sandwell Valley Country Park post from my visit of July 2017.

 

Sandwell Valley Country Park, 4th August 2021

It's been around two years since I last got off the tram at West Bromwich Central Tram Stop. And since then we have had the pandemic. By late July 2021, the Midland Metro Alliance closed the extension from Bull Street to Stephenson Street (so all stops to Library are closed until October 2021 for track relaying works). So I booked my day ticket in the My Metro app before I set out, and travelled to Bull Street Tram Stop.

I got the tram to West Bromwich Central, and after a coffee and toastie at Costa at New Square Shopping Centre, started walking towards Sandwell Valley Country Park (via the Cronehills Interchange Bridge which crosses The Expressway). I avoided Dartmouth Park, and got to Dagger Lane, and headed down Salters Lane to get into the park.

 

Sandwell Park Farm

Welcome to Sandwell Valley Country Park. Home to Sandwell Park Farm. This sign seen from Salters Lane. Sandwell Valley Children's Fun Fair is to the right.

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I almost walked up the road to the car park, but instead got back on Salters Lane towards the gate and went through it into the park.

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The path / road to walk on was quite rough. On the right saw a field full of cows.

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These flowers growing in the field are Helicrysum arenarium, according to a scan of Google Lens on my phone.

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Further down, another field was full of sheep.

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The rough path continues on towards the first bridge that crosses over the M5 motorway.

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Before I crossed the bridge, saw another path, this one runs around Hillhouse Farm

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M5 bridge crossing no 1

The first bridge over the M5 motorway. It is a Weak Bridge, so only vehicles of 7.5T mgw or less. Assume it is used by lightweight farm or park vehicles?

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The bridge rises over the M5 motorway as I walked towards the other half of the park.

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A lot of traffic on the M5 below. Heading towards the end of the M5 and M6, Junction 8. Left lane, M6 south, right lanes, M6 north.

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This view below towards M5, Junction 1 for West Bromwich. There was also a sign for Birmingham Park & Ride (either train or tram). If train then it probably means either The Hawthorns or Smethwick Galton Bridge.

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Swan Pool

This is the largest lake at Sandwell Valley Country Park. It is called the Swan Pool (alternative names include Wasson or Warstone). Used for sailing. Home of ducks, geese and swans. Paths around the lake for walks, taking your dog for a walk. Also used by cyclists.

A walk around Swan Pool, along the paths in a clockwise direction.

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Some swans in the lake, near decking used for fishing.

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There was Canada geese in the lake as well as some Greylag geese.

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After leaving Swan Pool, got a couple more photos from the path towards Park Lane, near the Priory Woods Local Nature Reserve.

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Path from Park Lane

After leaving Swan Pool I was next heading towards Park Lane. I eventually got to this gate and crossed over, but couldn't see any pavements to safely walk to The Hawthorns, so instead followed the path towards the ruins instead.

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Looking back to the Park Lane exit, behind me, I was approaching the ruins of both Sandwell Priory (closed 1525) and Sandwell Hall (demolished 1928).

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Sandwell Priory Ruins

The remains of Sandwell Priory, a medieval Benedictine monastery, which was excavated between 1982 and 1988. Some of the finds are on display at a small museum at Sandwell Park Farm. It was built in the mid 12th century by William son of Guy de Offeni, Lord of the Manor of West Bromwich. It was located next to the 'Sand Well' a natural spring a short distance to the south from which the Priory gets its name. In the first couple of centuries there was probably hundreds of monks here, but by the second half of the 14th century, there was only about one or two monks at the priory. After a recovery in the 15th century, the numbers declined again by the time Cardinal Wolsey closed it in 1525. By this date there was only the Prior and one monk, and many buildings were in a poor state.

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Sandwell Hall Ruins

Sandwell Hall was built in top of Sandwell Priory in 1705. The site was bought by Lord Dartmouth in 1701, and in 1705 he demolished most of the existing buildings to build a new house. It was built in brick and had towers on three corners. In the 19th century a portico supported by columns was added to the front of the hall, and the hall was extended to the west. The Dartmouth's moved to Patshull near Wolverhampton in 1853, and Sandwell Hall had a variety of uses before it was demolished in 1928.

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M5 bridge crossing no 2

After seeing the ruins of both Sandwell Priory and Sandwell Hall, the path leads directly to another footbridge over the M5 motorway. Again a Weak Bridge for vehicles with 7.5T mgw.

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I wasn't expecting to cross the M5 twice, as I originally thought of leaving the park at Park Lane (but no pavements).

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Busy traffic on the M5 below. Was a 40 mph limit towards the junction with the M6.

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Southbound towards Worcester and Bristol was fine, just northbound to the end of the M5 looked congested.

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Exit to Europa Avenue

After crossing over the second M5 bridge, I left via the path towards Europa Avenue. Found a housing estate with various cul-de-sacs. The path emerged onto a cul-de-sac called St John's Close. Saw this Welcome sign.

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Now on Europa Avenue, saw this Sandwell Valley Community Noticeboard next to a red post box.

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Passing a Mercure Hotel, I took a route towards Kenrick Park Tram Stop, via Beeches Road, Birmingham Road, Roebuck Lane and Devereux Road. Found a path onto the West Bromwich Parkway, and Kenrick Park was a short walk away. The tram back had no free seats, so stood all the way back to Bull Street.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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