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09 Apr 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Jurassic Kingdom 2017 and Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom 2019 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Two events with animated creatures at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston. Jurassic Kingdom was held during May 2017, while Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom was held during April 2019. A gallery of 10 photos of the dinosaurs from 2017. And 10 photos of the extinct ice age animals from 2019. They make noises with sound (see my YouTube links for examples).

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Jurassic Kingdom 2017 and Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom 2019 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens




Two events with animated creatures at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston. Jurassic Kingdom was held during May 2017, while Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom was held during April 2019. A gallery of 10 photos of the dinosaurs from 2017. And 10 photos of the extinct ice age animals from 2019. They make noises with sound (see my YouTube links for examples).


Jurassic Kingdom

This event was on at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens from the 20th May to the 4th June 2017. There was loads of life sized animated dinosaurs here to see! A selection of 10 photos below.

T-Rex in the car park near the entrance!

Carnotaurus

Small Triceratops.

 Pterosaur

Tyrannosaurus Vs Spinosaurus!

Velociraptor Vs Apatosaurus!

Brachiosaurus

Spinosaurus

Parasaurolophus

Euoplocephalus

Video here on my YouTube Channel. Jurassic Kingdom, YouTube.

Full album of Jurassic photos over on my Flickr (with some video clips) Jurassic Kingdom, Flickr.

Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom

This event was held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens from the 6th to 28th April 2019. I think from the same organisers as Jurassic Kingdom from 2 years before. I got in on the first morning on a 40% off early bird ticket! A selection of 10 photos below.

Smilodon populator (Sabre-Toothed Cat)

Coelodonta antiquitatis (Woolly Rhinoceros)

Mammuthus (mammoth)

Mastodon (being hunted by cavemen)

Miracinonyx (American Cheetah) and Elasmotherium (Siberian Unicorn)

Daeodon. Meaning 'dreadful tooth' also known by Dinohyus ('terrible pig')

Marcrauchenia patachonica

Doedicurus clavicaudatus

Teratornis merriami

Glyptodon

Video here on my YouTube Channel Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom, YouTube.

Full album of Ice Age photos over on my Flickr (with some video clips) Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom, Flickr.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

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09 Apr 2019 - Stephen Giles
Did you know?

A 200-metre running track on a building? Pull the other one!

That's right! A 200-metre outdoor running track, the UK’s first in a residential building, is amongst the many quirky amenities planned for the 42-storey MODA Tower being built on Broad Street in Birmingham.

Stephen Giles, one of Birmingham's 'people with passion' and follower of all things construction asks: Why? 

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A 200-metre running track on a building? Pull the other one!




That's right! A 200-metre outdoor running track, the UK’s first in a residential building, is amongst the many quirky amenities planned for the 42-storey MODA Tower being built on Broad Street in Birmingham.

Stephen Giles, one of Birmingham's 'people with passion' and follower of all things construction asks: Why? 

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It’s all about moving with the times.

Nowadays, the city centre apartment experience is seen as becoming much more about lifestyle, rather than just living space.

It's now about creating a product tailored around lifestyle which in turn focuses heavily on brand and the amenities the building provides.

Moda Group, are a leading rental lifestyle brand and are behind 2one2 Broad Street. Their aim is to create an integrated, sustainable amd diverse community and revolutionise the whole living experience by making it a thoroughly enriched one for its residents.

This makes sense because people, if they can get it, want luxury, ease, comfort and convienence at their disposal.

So, developers, such as Moda, are actively promoting their healthy urban living movement as a way to entice new residents, and with a society fixated with wellness and healthy living, it certainly holds an attractive, long-term appeal for today’s fitness-mad generation.

Artist's impressions by Glenn Howells Architects

Once complete, 42-storey, ‘2one2 Broad Street’, billed as a “vertical village” will contain 481 apartments (from studios to three bedrooms) and will boast an internal environment second to none.

Residents will have access to over 30,000 square foot of communal space in which to socialise and unwind, with 24-hour concierge service, terraces, gym, cycle hub, outdoor BBQ & cinema space, a dining club plus health and wellness zones, where support services are readily available for residents’ physical and emotional wellbeing.

Then there's a 200-metre outdoor running track on the roof of the podium – a UK first in a residential building, and one that should go down a storm with today’s fitness fantatics - all without having to leave the complex.

Artist's impressions by Glenn Howell's Architects

Providing high quality housing with well-designed amenity spaces, from workspace to personal wellbeing, complete with a mix of community and top-notch service certainly offers wide appeal for people seeking a new place to live.

The bar is certainly being raised higher in Birmingham and its residents will soon reap the rewards.

To see more images and information about Moda Tower, click here.

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08 Apr 2019 - The Friends of Kings Heath Park
News & Updates

Spring has clearly arrived at Kings Heath Park!

With lighter evenings, spring flowers, and many more people using our lovely park, Spring has most certainly arrived at Kings Heath Park.

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Spring has clearly arrived at Kings Heath Park!




With lighter evenings, spring flowers, and many more people using our lovely park, Spring has most certainly arrived at Kings Heath Park.


March heralds the beginning of spring, and early spring flowers have started to blossom in Kings Heath Park. Daffodils and forsythia have brought bright splashes of yellow, and the huge magnolia near the Park House has been magnificent this year. The sunny days have brought more people to the park, and the lighter evenings have meant that more people can fit in a run or a walk with the dog after work. It is still cold though, so the children in the playground and the dog walkers are still wearing warm jackets! The pool, which had almost dried up during last year's hot summer, is filling up from the rain, and the heron has started visiting again.

The park staff have been busy maintaining the park throughout the winter, and March saw the second volunteer wood clearing event of the year, led by Dean the Ranger.

 

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07 Apr 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - April 2019

There has been much more cladding installed and a lot has been revealled showing the striking grey/bronze colours. Lots of photos in this construction update.

Photo by Tom Grunt 

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - April 2019




There has been much more cladding installed and a lot has been revealled showing the striking grey/bronze colours. Lots of photos in this construction update.

Photo by Tom Grunt 

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Birmingham developments overview map


Photo by Tom Grunt

Photo by Stephen Giles

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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04 Apr 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - March 2019

A great day for this main photo, a bit dull for the rest in this last March construction gallery, but there are some interesting angles and some views of the massive street level windows.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - March 2019




A great day for this main photo, a bit dull for the rest in this last March construction gallery, but there are some interesting angles and some views of the massive street level windows.

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

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04 Apr 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Circuses in Birmingham

Occasionally a circus might come to down and pitch up in one of the cities parks, or in a nearby field. Here we will look at some of the circuses that have been in Birmingham in recent years. Such as the Chinese State Circus at the Sheldon Country Park, Uncle Sam's American Circus to a field in Hollywood near the Maypole, and a some others! Zippos have been around multiple locations!

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Circuses in Birmingham




Occasionally a circus might come to down and pitch up in one of the cities parks, or in a nearby field. Here we will look at some of the circuses that have been in Birmingham in recent years. Such as the Chinese State Circus at the Sheldon Country Park, Uncle Sam's American Circus to a field in Hollywood near the Maypole, and a some others! Zippos have been around multiple locations!


Zippo's Special Christmas Circus - Star City Birmingham, 2010

Held in the car park at Star City near the M6, Junction 6 (Spaghetti Junction) (also near Nechells) from the 16th December 2010 to the 2nd January 2011.

Zippo's Circus - Swanshurst Park, 2011

This circus was held at Swanshurst Park in Moseley / Billesley from the 17th to 22nd March 2011. They return every year. Is usually nice views from the other side of the Moseley New Pool (the parks lake).

While Swanshurst Park is near Kings Heath, it is not in Kings Heath. It's located between Moseley and Billesley (Swanshurst Lane, Yardley Wood Road and Brook Lane).

Zippos Circus - Swanshurst Park, 2017

I last saw Zippos at Swanshurst Park during April 2017. This time it was held from the 20th to the 25th April 2017. Had a better camera than the time I previously saw the circus there in 2011!

Again they were still calling Moseley as Kings Heath! Billesley was fine though! Although you do head up the Swanshurst Lane / Yardley Wood Road towards Kings Heath!

Chinese State Circus - Sheldon Country Park, 2017

This circus was held from the 9th to 14th May 2017. Close to the Coventry Road entrance in Sheldon.

Uncle Sam's American Circus - The Maypole, 2018

It was held in Hollywood near Sainsbury's Maypole from the 10th to 14th October 2018. In a field that usually has horses in it! Also not far from Druids Heath.

 

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04 Apr 2019 - Jay Mason-Burns
Gallery

Here's '10 of the best' from Jay! - a Birmingham photographer and one of our 'People with Passion'

Here we have selected 10 photos from the great photography taken by the very talented Jay Mason-Burns, a photographer and one of Birmingham's 'People with Passion' showcased at BirminghamWeAre. 

Open the full post to view Jay's wonderful photography taken in and around Birmingham.

Enjoy!

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Here we have selected 10 photos from the great photography taken by the very talented Jay Mason-Burns, a photographer and one of Birmingham's 'People with Passion' showcased at BirminghamWeAre. 

Open the full post to view Jay's wonderful photography taken in and around Birmingham.

Enjoy!


St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham 

 

Muirhead Tower, Birmingham


Digbeth, Birmingham


 

Digbeth, Birmingham

 

Billesley Brumset, Birmingham 

 

Blackroot Pool, Sutton Park, Birmingham 

 

Birmingham Skyline

 

 Regency Wharf, Birmingham

 

Street art, Digbeth, Birmingham

 

Photography taken by Jay Mason-Burns

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03 Apr 2019 - Karl Newton
Gallery

Introducing Karl Newton - a photographer with a real passion for Birmingham

Karl is an inspired photographer with an interest in all forms of photography and a particular passion for all things Birmingham.

Open the full post to view Karl's wonderful photography taken in and around Birmingham.

 

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Introducing Karl Newton - a photographer with a real passion for Birmingham




Karl is an inspired photographer with an interest in all forms of photography and a particular passion for all things Birmingham.

Open the full post to view Karl's wonderful photography taken in and around Birmingham.

 


 

 

 

 

Photography by Karl Newton

 

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02 Apr 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - March 2019

Windows have been installed on the back of the building and the exterior columns have been extended up around most of the sides.

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - March 2019




Windows have been installed on the back of the building and the exterior columns have been extended up around most of the sides.

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02 Apr 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

From Birmingham to Worcester on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal

A look at the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. Starting near the Mailbox, heading down Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Bournville, Stirchley to Kings Norton. Also at look at the other end of the canal down in Worcester. Between Five Ways and Bournville, the canal and railway run almost parallel. There is also the Ariel Aqueduct in Selly Oak! At Kings Norton you can leave this canal for Stratford!

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From Birmingham to Worcester on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal




A look at the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. Starting near the Mailbox, heading down Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Bournville, Stirchley to Kings Norton. Also at look at the other end of the canal down in Worcester. Between Five Ways and Bournville, the canal and railway run almost parallel. There is also the Ariel Aqueduct in Selly Oak! At Kings Norton you can leave this canal for Stratford!


We start at The Cube. In this August 2013 view near The Mailbox. Directly ahead is Gas Street Basin, where the Worcester & Birmingham Canal ends at Worcester Bar, and near the start of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Mainline (through the Broad Street Tunnel). I normally do the Worcester & Birmingham Canal in small sections. I usually see cyclists on the towpath, and occasionally dog walkers. The Salvage Turn Bridge (as it is called) aka the Love Lock Bridge. It was recently repaired.

In this January 2011 view from the Granville Street Bridge. Head down the steps, and you can walk towards Bath Row, then onto Islington Row Middleway. Student halls on the left are for University College Birmingham (UCB). You may also see an abandoned railway line on the right (usually full of litter). Could do with restoring somehow!

View from April 2014 near the IQ student accommodation. From Bath Row towards Islington Row Middleway. The exit near here is on the other side of the Bath Row Bridge. In recent years, a new exit to Islington Row Middleway and Five Ways Station was installed. As that is the last exit for a while before The Vale at the University of Birmingham!

In this view from February 2012, from the Islington Row Middleway Bridge, you can see a pair of narrowboats, including the Sherborne Wharf tourist trip boat, on the left. While Five Ways Station with a London Midland Class 170 passing (it does not stop there on the way to Hereford). Abandoned railway line in the middle, that used to go to about where the AXIS building is now (the tunnels are still there, but are blocked off). The St James Road Bridge does not have steps, so if you are on the towpath and want to get off, you have to walk towards The Vale! Beyond here it is very leafy and tree lined, to keep the Calthorpe Estates of Edgbaston looking pretty!

The Edgbaston Tunnel seen from near the north portal, during April 2016. Running on the right is what is now the Cross City Line. The lost Church Road Station used to be around here. A narrowboat is seen going through the tunnel. In 2018, the towpath in the tunnel was widened, so this section was closed for a few months (it is now open again). I regularly see cyclists down here when I walk this section. Hallfield School is on the other side of the tunnel.

Also April 2016. If you want to get off after a walk from The Mailbox, take this bridge at The Vale, near new student accommodation blocks for the University of Birmingham. The road / path leads to Church Road in Edgbaston, near the number 1 bus route! The bridges around here normally get tagged!

Another set of steps at Somerset Road in Edgbaston to get onto the Worcester & Birmingham Canal towpath. Near the University of Birmingham. On the Cross City line during January 2018, West Midlands Railway 323203, is seen cruising towards Longbridge and Redditch (is always nice to be sat on the train, when passing the canal down here). The totem pole was heavily vandalised at the time.

Next up is this February 2013 view from the Pritchatts Road Bridge in Edgbaston, around the University of Birmingham. On the Cross City line around to the right is University Station. No towpath access here, the next one up is next to University Station at the Westgate (or University Road West).

The Selly Oak New Road opened in 2011 and that including building an aqueduct for the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and a railway viaduct for the Cross City Line. This view from February 2013. The road below is called the Aston Webb Boulevard, after the architect of the original University of Birmingham buildings. From the canal you can see the railway. You can also see th aqueduct from a train passing over the railway viaduct! Beyond here is the Battery Park redevelopment site, where the new Selly Oak Shopping Park opened in late 2018. While the Life Sciences Park for the University of Birmingham has yet to be built!

The Worcester & Birmingham Canal switches sides with the Cross City line between the Bristol Road and Raddlebarn Road bridges in Selly Oak. In this March 2018 view, a West Midlands Railway Class 323 train is seen heading towards Selly Oak Station. The Bristol Road entrance to the canal is via The Dingle. But is also access near some of the new housing developments.

March 2018 between Bournville Station, Mary Vale Road towards Raddlebarn Road in Bournville. As a West Midlands Railway Class 323 train headed south towards Longbridge, I was approaching the Cadbury Railway Wharf Bridge. It is no longer used. Was the former Cadbury private railway that led to the chocolate factory! But the bridge remains!

An October 2011 view of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal from near Mary Vale Road in Bournville. London Midland 323215 was at Bournville Station, while a cyclist and some joggers were heading up the towpath! On a nice autumnal day! I hadn't started to use the Cross City line at that point! If you get on the canal in Stirchley (on the Pershore Road near Lifford Lane), you can get off here, and head down Mary Vale Road to the Pershore Road. Or head in the other direction to Cadbury World and Bournville Village.

An unexpected site during March 2015 from the Pershore Road Bridge in Stirchley. A club of canoeists on the canal! The road on the left, is another section of a lost railway line. Lots of industrial units up this way.

The Camp Hill Line railway bridge seen during April 2016 in Stirchley. This part of the towpath is part of the Rea Valley Route. There is various paths along the River Rea that goes through Stirchley, then joins the canal near here, and goes down to Kings Norton and beyond.

The view from March 2012 in Kings Norton. This part of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Kings Norton Junction, near the start of the Stratford-on-Avon Canal. Not far from here is the Guillotine Lock on the Stratford-on-Avon Canal. This building was the Lock Keepers Cottage, also known as Junction House, a Grade II listed building. It has been empty for a long time, and was sadly a victim of an arson attack. It was built in 1802. Hopefully the Canal & River Trust / Birmingham City Council can restore it, and give it a use. Maybe a canalside cafe / tea room. It can't be left empty forever (and hopefully it won't be demolished!). It might even date to as early as 1796!

The furthest south in Birmingham on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal that I have explored was from Parsons Hill in Kings Norton, near Wharf Road. From here in March 2012, I would have walked up to Kings Norton Junction. I have yet to cover the section south of here. Anything further south in Worcestershire, I covered by getting a train to Alvechurch or Worcester!

A February 2016 train trip to Alvechurch in Worcestershire. Near Alvechurch Station is the Alvechurch Marina on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. A useful place to start a boating holiday. Seen from Scarfield Hill

Now a look at some parts of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal in the City of Worcester!

My last visit to Worcester by train was during August 2018 to check out their Giraffe sculpture trail, Worcester Stands Tall (similar to the Big Hoot / Big Sleuth in Birmingham). This view from the bridge on Lowesmoor Place in Worcester.

November 2011 in Worcester. Converted factories and Albion Mill in the Diglis area of Worcester. New buildings and old being converted into flats / apartments, like in Birmingham.

Diglis Basin and the Dry Dock during November 2011 in Worcester. Like with Birmingham, they have converted old factories into apartments, and built new buildings up the canal. Many narrowboats here.

The end of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at the River Severn in Worcester. Seen November 2011 at the Diglis Bottom Lock. I acutally walked down the River Severn path, then up the towpath from here towards Worcester Shrub Hill Station! The lock here is Grade II listed Barge Lock No 1 Adjacent to River Severn, Worcester.

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02 Apr 2019 - Stephen Giles
Introducing

Introducing Moda Tower (2one2 Broad Street), Birmingham, UK

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Introducing Moda Tower (2one2 Broad Street), Birmingham, UK




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PROJECT DETAIL:

42 storey mixed-use development comprising a thirty-nine storey residential building (30 studios, 163 one bed, 260 two bed and 28 three bedroom apartments) which will sit on a three storey podium with over 30,000 sq ft of communcal amenity space

AMENETIES:

• Residents lounge
• 24 Hour concierge
• Communal terrace
• 200m outdoor running track
• Outdoor cinema
• Health and wellness zones
• Co-working space
• Indoor/Outdoor cinema and dining club
• 'MODA Works' Offices
• Secure car and cycle parking (48 cars & 9 motorbikes & 489 cycles)
• Tenant storage lockers
• Gym & a cycle hub

DEVELOPER: Moda Living (Caddick Group & Generate Land)

(https://modaliving.com/)
(https://caddick.co.uk/)
(https://generate-re.com/)

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS: Apache Capital, Harrison Street & NFU Mutual

(http://www.apachecapital.co.uk/)
(https://www.harrisonst.com/)
(https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/)

ARCHITECTS: Glenn Howells Architects 

(https://glennhowells.co.uk)

CONTRACTOR: John Sisk & Son 

(http://www.johnsiskandson.com/uk)

PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER:

2017/08357/PA (Full Planning)
(https://bit.ly/2qQZ32O)

VALUE: £183 million

TARGETED COMPLETION: June 2022

PHOTOS & IMAGES from Glenn Howells Architects

Images courtesy Glenn Howells Architects

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01 Apr 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

Introducing ONE Eastside (pre-build demolition of CEAC Building), Birmingham, UK

Take the post for details of demolition of the CEAC Building (currently standing in the way of construction of this new tower). This application has been approved.

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Introducing ONE Eastside (pre-build demolition of CEAC Building), Birmingham, UK




Take the post for details of demolition of the CEAC Building (currently standing in the way of construction of this new tower). This application has been approved.


STATUS:

Application for the demolition of the CEAC Building (currently standing in the way of construction of this new tower) has been approved

DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR:

Blucon Group

FUTURE USE:

The erection of two residential buildings (one of which will be a 51 storeys) comprising a total 698 residential units alongside a host of residential amenity space, including: gyms, cafe, residents lounge, cinema, rooftop bar, sky lounge and terrace.

DEVELOPER:

Court Collaboration

ARCHITECTS:

Glancy Nicholls Architects 

PLANNING APPLICATION: 

2019/00617/PA (Demolition)
(https://bit.ly/2qQZ32O)

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01 Apr 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

Introducing 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham, UK

Take the post for full details of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham, UK. 

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PROJECT DETAIL:

26 floor office tower, with 7,665 sq ft of restaurant space on the ground and top floors. At the time of approval, the structure at 108m tall is the largest new office under construction outside London. 

DEVELOPER:

Sterling Property Ventures

PARTNERS:

Tristan Capital Partners

ARCHITECTS:

Doone Silver Kerr Architects 

CONTRACTOR:

BAM Construction 

PLANNING APPLICATION: 

2015/04428/PA (Full Planning)
2015/04465/PA (Full Planning Demolition)
2017/10647/PA (Variation of Condition)
2019/02175/PA (Non Material Amendment)
(https://bit.ly/2qQZ32O)

TARGETED COMPLETION:

January 2021

IMAGES BY Doone Silver Kerr Architects:

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01 Apr 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

The Class 323 EMU's on the Cross City Line: Lichfield via Birmingham New Street to Redditch or Bromsgrove

The Class 323 is one of my favourite trains to ride on in Birmingham. Here we will look at this Electrical Multiple Unit from Lichfield Trent Valley, via Birmingham New Street, down to Redditch. And now a newly opened extension to Bromsgrove! The Cross City South includes the line down beyond Longbridge. Cross City North beyond Sutton Coldfield. Staffordshire to Worcestershire.

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The Class 323 EMU's on the Cross City Line: Lichfield via Birmingham New Street to Redditch or Bromsgrove




The Class 323 is one of my favourite trains to ride on in Birmingham. Here we will look at this Electrical Multiple Unit from Lichfield Trent Valley, via Birmingham New Street, down to Redditch. And now a newly opened extension to Bromsgrove! The Cross City South includes the line down beyond Longbridge. Cross City North beyond Sutton Coldfield. Staffordshire to Worcestershire.


Cross City Line

The Cross City Line opened in 1978. It was extended to Redditch in 1980 and to Lichfield Trent Valley in 1988. The service was extended to Bromsgrove by 2018. The route was electrified in the 1990s, being completed by 1993. The Class 323 Electric Multiple Units first introduced on the service around 1994. After the creation of the Franchising system, Central Trains ran the Cross City line from 1997 to 2007, then London Midland from 2007 to 2017. And now West Midlands Railway from late 2017 to present.

 

Lichfield Trent Valley Station

One of my first rides on the Cross City Line was to Lichfield Trent Valley during early January 2012. The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station was in it's earliest years, and I got a train up from Kings Norton. London Midland 323214 was my ride to Lichfield that day. The current northern end of the line / terminus, on the High Level. The Low Level is on the West Coast Main Line, between London Euston and Crewe (back then London Midland, now London Northwestern Railway). You would see non-stopping Virgin Trains services passing there! In Staffordshire.

Lichfield City Station

I have visited Lichfield City Station twice. The first time in January 2012 coming back from my day out in Lichfield. The second time for a return visit during April 2016. The only Class 323 exterior I took there was in 2012. London Midland 323207 was my train back to Kings Norton.

We will next skip a few stations until Four Oaks (I have not got off at the stations in between).

Four Oaks Station

A visit to Four Oaks in Sutton Coldfield during October 2018. By then many of the Class 323 trains under West Midlands Railway were in a orange and white livery. I caught this train West Midlands Railway 323 204 from Birmingham New Street. Mere Green was in walking distance of the station with a new shopping centre. This was platform 3 where the service terminated, it would have waited a while before heading back to Birmingham.

Sutton Coldfield Station

My first visit to Sutton Coldfield by train was during January 2017. Seen arriving at the station was London Midland 323211 on it's way to Lichfield Trent Valley (the destination display doesn't come out too well in photos). I got the train to Sutton Coldfield again during August 2017 while on the Big Sleuth hunt (I didn't go up for the Big Hoot in 2015, as I hadn't visited Sutton Coldfield with my camera at that time). It's also now possible to get the X4 or X5 buses up to Sutton Coldfield instead (much longer journey though). You can see planes coming into land at Birmingham Airport from here.

While I've seen Wylde Green Station, I've not waited to catch a train from there. I almost went down there on my second rail visit to Sutton Coldfield, but ended up getting a bus back to Sutton Coldfield Town Centre, after finding some more Big Sleuth bears in August 2017. Chester Road in Erdington next.

Chester Road Station

My first visit to Erdington by train was during May 2014, mainly to check out the Josiah Mason bust for the first time. So I got the Cross City line up to Chester Road. My more recent second visit was in December 2018. I had got the 11A Outer Circle bus to Erdington, then walked up the High Street, then up Orphanage Road towards the Josiah Mason bust (to see it for a second time). After that I walked up Chester Road to the station. I caught West Midlands Railway 323221 back to Birmingham New Street.

Erdington Station

My May 2014 visit to Erdington that started at Chester Road ended up at Erdington Station. Seen here was London Midland 323207 on it's way to Lichfield Trent Valley. This station is a good place to see planes taking off from Birmingham Airport! Something else other than trains while waiting for my train back to Birmingham New Street.

Gravelly Hill Station

Headed to Gravelly Hill during April 2015, to walk under Spaghetti Junction. My train back to Birmingham New Street had London Midland 323212 at the front (seen below in the photo) and 323243 (which I got on). It's always nice to ride on the train between Gravelly Hill and Aston, below the concrete lanes of Spaghetti Junction, more unique than going in a car! Salford Junction is also nearby, a junction of several canals.

Aston Station

I've been to Aston Station several times over the years. First got off there in 2012. I've also been there in 2016 and 2017. The line to Walsall on the Chase Line diverts to the left, while the line to Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield goes to the right. On New Years Day 2016, I got London Midland 323208 from Birmingham New Street to Aston. This train was going to Lichfield Trent Valley.

Duddeston Station

My first visit to the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre included a stop off at Duddeston on London Midland 323218, which I caught from Kings Norton, in May 2012. Back then I wasn't comfortable with starting at Birmingham New Street, and I used to get the 11C bus to Kings Norton (it was also before I figured out you could buy a ticket on the Snow Hill lines to a destination on another line). Dollman Street is just round the corner from here. Before I left the station, I checked out the face art sculptures on the platform.

Cross City North is done above, now for Birmingham New Street, before we explore Cross City South!

Birmingham New Street Station

Many trips on the Cross City line normally start for me from Birmingham New Street, so I don't always take photos of the Class 323 there! I've been taking photos of these trains there since about 2010. I've watched the station transform from 2010 to 2015, and have continued to use it since it's been completed! I first saw a Class 323 in West Midlands Railway orange and white at Bournville, where I caught this train. West Midlands Railway 323204 seen at Birmingham New Street during August 2018. It stopped at platform 8a.

Five Ways Station

Not a brilliant photo, but a London Midland Class 323 seen at Five Ways station during January 2015 from Bath Row. It is also possible to see the station from Islington Row Middleway, or from the steps down the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. I did once try out using this staiton during April 2015. But didn't get any photos of any Class 323's while I was there. I did get a Class 170, but the only Class 323 I took was going into the tunnel and I had just missed it!

University Station

Went to University Station during July 2017 while on the Big Sleuth hunt. Was several bears to be found around the University of Birmingham. Seen at the station was London Midland 323208. I travelled from Birmingham International via Birmingham New Street to University that day! Was also bears at Resorts World. I previously tried to use the station in March 2012 to go to Tamworth, but ended up catching another Cross City train to New Street, and catching a Cross Country train from New Street to Tamworth (back then). Cross Country do stop at University though!

Selly Oak Station

The West Midlands railway franchise transferred over from London Midland to West Midlands Railway during December 2017. Here was West Midlands Railway 323204 at a snowy Selly Oak. The first time I've used the station. I mostly get the bus to and from Selly Oak! 323221 was at the other end. Loads of delays that day, probably due to the snow! Some trains were cancelled due to the weather. Not really the best day to try out Selly Oak Station!

Bournville Station

This station is next to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and is your stop for Cadbury World. Seen in October 2011 was London Midland 323215. This was before I started using the Cross City Line (from 2012 onwards). This ramp leads from the Mary Vale Road bridge, and goes down to the towpath of the canal, as well as to the station. I later actually used the station in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Kings Norton Station

Before I was comfortable with getting trains from Birmingham New Street, I used to get them from Kings Norton. Seen arriving here was London Midland 323212 during April 2012. Which I got to Longbridge. Platform 4, as platforms 2 and 3 are abandoned. Platform 1 is for trains to Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield. Other fast trains pass through here too!

Northfield Station

I have used Northfield Station a few times in my travels, but not really taken a photo of a Class 323 from the platform. This one of a West Midlands Railway Class 323 in orange and white was seen from another train during November 2018.

Longbridge Station

An ideal station to get to, to explore the new Longbridge Town Centre. I've been to this station many times. Seen opposite was London Midland 323212 during April 2012, which I'd earlier got down to Longbridge. Before the extension to Bromsgrove this was a terminus for most trains, with at least one an hour going to Redditch. The station building here is now being redeveloped. It's the last station in Birmingham on the line to the south. The last four below are all in Worcestershire.

Barnt Green Station

At Barnt Green the lines splits. One to Redditch, the other to Bromsgrove and Worcester. On the Cross City line, the trains stop at Barnt Green for Redditch, as it curves to the left.  I got London Midland 323217 from Birmingham New Street. I got off here, but the train was going to Redditch. On my second visit during April 2017 I went to the Lickey Hills Country Park. A long hard walk up the hill (I walked back to the station via the roads nearby).

Alvechurch Station

A visit to Alvechurch in Worcestershire during February 2016. The station now has two platforms where as before it used to have one. London Midland 323219. My train back to Birmingham New Street,

Redditch Station

I first got a train to Redditch during January 2013. I arrived on London Midland 323210. A single platform station it is the current end of the line. There is an old railway tunnel nearby with street art. My second visit in November 2017 was before the end of the London Midland franchise.

Bromsgrove Station

I've been to Bromsgrove 3 times. First in 2013 to the old station, second in 2016 to the new station. In November 2018 I returned again after electrification to Bromsgrove was complete and the Cross City line extended services from Longbridge. Seen here was West Midlands Railway 323216. In orange and white, my ride back to Birmingham New Street. It did not stop at Barnt Green.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

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Cranes Across the City - March 2019 Mini Update

A last update for March featuring more nice crane photos like this of one reflected in the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the removal of the cranes at Bank Birmingam and Exchange Square.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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A last update for March featuring more nice crane photos like this of one reflected in the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the removal of the cranes at Bank Birmingam and Exchange Square.

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Introducing Connaught Square, Birmingham, UK

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PROJECT DETAIL:

770 residential units (mix of one, two and three bedrooms) with around 42,000 sq ft of commercial, leisure and community usages, together with car parking (105), cycle spots (656), a new public square and a new pedestrian bridge over the River Rea.

BREAK DOWN OF BUILDINGS:

Building 1 will consist of a 28 storey tower with a lower ‘shoulder’ element situated on the corner of Rea Street and High Street. The tallest element would be situated on the High Street frontage; the building would then drop in height along Rea Street firstly to ten storeys and then eight. There would be amenity areas for residents above these lower parts of the building.

Building 2 will rise from 8 storeys to 9 towards Bradford Street. 

Building 3 will be the largest building on plan and will consist of a perimeter development of residential apartments with the White Swan public house completing the block. It will rise from four storeys to six then to eight storeys on the Bradford Street frontage. The building would continue at seven storeys in height until its junction with Stone Yard / Birchall Street where it drops to five storeys before finally dropping to four stories adjacent to the White Swan.

Building 4, facing High Street will be ten storeys tall before dropping to seven, then six to the rear.

DEVELOPER:

Seven Capital 

ARCHITECTS:

K4 Architects

CONTRACTOR:

Colmore Tang Construction (TBC)

PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER:

2016/08273/PA (Full Planning) 
(https://bit.ly/2qQZ32O)

VALUE:

Circa £200 million

TARGETED COMPLETION:

Q3 2023

Artist's impressions by K4 Architects

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The Removal of the Crane at Bank Tower Two - March 2019

Six more photos from the crane removal at Bank Tower Two using King Lifting's massive mobile unit.

Also here: http://ItsYourBuild.com/post/1629

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The Removal of the Crane at Bank Tower Two - March 2019




Six more photos from the crane removal at Bank Tower Two using King Lifting's massive mobile unit.

Also here: http://ItsYourBuild.com/post/1629

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - March 2019

The focus of construction at Bank Birmingham is now on the cladding of Tower Two as the crane is now removed, lots more is revealed and the windows on one corner are installed to the top.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - March 2019




The focus of construction at Bank Birmingham is now on the cladding of Tower Two as the crane is now removed, lots more is revealed and the windows on one corner are installed to the top.

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Arena Central through the years

Arena Central, Map of the site, a huge 1.2m sq ft development, is set to make a major contribution to Birmingham's standing as one of the world's great cities. But the future of Arena Central has not always been so rosy as Stephen explains in this great post.

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Arena Central, Map of the site, a huge 1.2m sq ft development, is set to make a major contribution to Birmingham's standing as one of the world's great cities. But the future of Arena Central has not always been so rosy as Stephen explains in this great post.


Sat on the site of the old ATV Studios, Arena Central represents 1.2 million square foot of mixed-use development and forms an integral part of Birmingham City Council's Big City Plan, as well as having a prime position within the city centre enterprise zone.

The area is flourishing at long last, but this wasn't always the case.

The site has seen two major projects over the last 15 years, all of which have been cancelled, thanks mainly to a combination of planning wrangles and the economic downturn. 

'YOU CAN'T BEAT A BIT OF BULLY'

Before the ‘Arena Central’ name was coined though, the site was the place where "You can’t beat a bit of Bully” and 'Let's have a look at what you could have won.' – where the prizes of these TV game shows invariably involved a speedboat. Not very practical if you lived in Chelmsley Wood, say.

Image credit Bullseye, Andrew J. Wood Enterprises

Birmingham’s ATV studios were famous for the production of a plethora of well-known shows, including, yes, that show Bullseye, but also Tiswas, The Golden Shot, New Faces, Spitting Image, Blockbusters, Crossroads, plus regional news programme ATV Today.

In the late 1960’s, encouraged by Birmingham City Council’s proactive approach to modern developments, ATV set up its' new studios in the city. Princess Alexandra opened the Centre in 1970 and it was billed as the most advanced television production facility in Europe, in readiness for the upcoming colour television revolution.

Fast forward twenty-seven years through the wonderment of ATV programming, it was decided that Central would close its doors in 1997 and move its operations to smaller studios on nearby Gas Street.

Plans for Arena Central were drawn up by Miller Developments and Hampton Trust.

FIRST PLANS

In 1998, HOK proposed the construction of a 187m, 50 storey landmark residential, hotel and office tower. The building incorporated a spire, which took the height of the building to 245m and would have made it the biggest building in the country and one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe at the time.

Artists impression by HOK Architects

Of course, this scheme never materialised, as it was beset with problems from the outset. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott wanted it to be scaled down. Amendments were duly made.

Then came the New York City terrorist attacks in 2001, when fears arose that the tower could be a target itself. Part owners of the project Hampton Trust - a small company in the grand scheme of things - pulled out and the Arena Central development went cold.

Arena Central Developments 

Soon enough, Miller Developments acquired the site, with Bridgehouse Capital becoming Joint Venture partners later on in 2004, and the Arena Central Developments LLP company was created.

“We felt there was a chance to create something special in terms of a mixed-use environment and forming something out of what was a bit of a concrete jungle.” - Andrew Sutherland, Miller Developments

New masterplan designs were drawn up, with help from Australian mega developer Multiplex and the plans were given a glitzy unveiling at the property show, MIPIM, in 2007.

New Design

Artists impression by Dandara

This 50 storey tower from Dandara contained 706 apartments, three restauarants, a sky bar and a public viewing platform. It would have stood proud at 147m, with a facade overrun taking it to a more than a respectable 152m.

Although down in height from HOK’s amended design, it was reported this was because Crowne Plaza had refused to move out of its current building because of a desire to refurbish their own home instead.

A 'STUNNING' BUILD!

The tower was approved in just two minutes by the Planning Department who labelled it a “stunning”. Construction was to begin in early 2008, with a targeted completion for 2013.

Again, as luck would have it, any sort of progress was delayed again by the financial crisis of 2008.

ALL SYSTEMS GO!

In 2012, activities picked up. The developers dusted themselves down and went full steam ahead and started getting planning consents, namely for a 250-roomed Holiday Inn Express Hotel.

Demolition work commenced on all facets of the site and construction work on this 18 storey hotel began in earnest.

Photo credit: John Egan

Planning consent was then granted for the first office building on site. At 140,804 sq ft, 1 Arena Central (now 5 Centenary Square) was the first speculative office development proposed since the financial crisis.

Artists impression by Make Architects

With an elegant curved façade and a modern chequerboard motif, it will eventually provide eight floors of HQ office space, alongside retail units on the ground floor.

For the first time in the history of the scheme, it had momentum, and this was emphathised by the news that HSBC UK would move from London to the 'Second City' in a new 210,000 sq ft building called 1 Centenary Square on a 250 year lease to act as the head office of its new ring-fenced bank.

Photo credit: Arena Central

The deal was the largest property deal in Birmingham since 2002 and of course, this was a catalyst for others to relocate. The offices in this area continue to flow. 

Artists impression by Make Architects

The government selected Arena Central as its preferred location for Phase 1 of its Birmingham Hub (up to 1m sq.ft.) where HMRC will move into 3 Arena Central - a 13-storey, 240,000 sq ft office building currently under construction.

Such is the confidence in the city, the development became the largest pre-let in Birmingham for over a decade. The building will house some 3,600 civil servants from a number of departments and will act as the Midlands regional hub for the company, on a 25 year lease.

Photo credit: ItsyourBuild

Birmingham City Council bought into Arena Central back in 2006 when it purchased the old Municipal Bank from Hampton Trust, giving them more of an influence on goings on.

The University of Birmingham acquired the building from them last year, thus adding an extra dimension to the Arena Central masterplan.

The building is currently undergoing works that will see it refurbished into a mixed-use scheme that will be adapted to accommodate a year-round public programme, with the old banking hall and vaults re-opened to the public with exhibitions, events, workshops, performances and the inclusion of a café.

There will be a new south elevation to integrate the building into the Arena site.

Artists impressions by Make Architects

Photo credit: Itsyourbuild

AND WHAT OF THE OLD 50 STOREY TOWER SITE?

No grandeur, no skyscraper, no spire, but two L-shaped connecting blocks, reaching up to 23 storeys. It is being developed by Dandara Living, has been designed by Hodder+Partners and will deliver 323 apartments, with a completion date set for May 2019.

Photo credit: ItsyourBuild

The future of Arena Central

Development group Kier Property recently bought the rights from Miller Developments for a reported £30 million to build the remaining three phases and will also assume responsibility for the completion of 3 Arena Central.

Kier will now take on the baton to complete the sites remaining three plots which are likely to comprise further office buildings totalling 526,009 sq ft - known as 5 Centenary Square, 4 Arena Central and 5 Arena Central (Plots 3, 5 & 6 on the photo below)

Image of development by Arena Central

These plots will be developed over the next seven years. 

The future look bright for Arena Central! The future looks bright for Birmingham!

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Introducing

Introducing Exchange Square (Phase 1), Birmingham, UK

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PROJECT DETAIL:

9, 16 & 27 storeys with 603 residential units (studios to three-bedroom units) plus a 5,000 sq ft residents’ hub including a concierge and members club style private lounge. The scheme will also provide 30,000 sq ft of ground floor retail and leisure space plus 186 basement car parking spaces.

DEVELOPER:

Nikal 

ARCHITECTS:

Stephenson Studio 

FUNDED BY:

LaSalle Investment Management

CONTRACTOR:

Sir Robert McAlpine 

PLANNING APPLICATION: 

2016/02326/PA (Full Planning) 

VALUE:

£125m

COMPLETION:

2019

Artist's impressions by Stephenson Studio

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Wythall Transport Museum heritage buses between Hollywood and The Alexandra Theatre

On Bank Holiday weekends, up and down the Alcester Road, between the Wythall Transport Museum and Birmingham, you may see the odd vintage bus going up and down, taking passengers on rides from the museum to various nearby locations. From Hollywood, south of the Maypole, then up Kings Heath, towards Bristol Street and last stop at The Alexandra Theatre on Suffolk Street Queensway!

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On Bank Holiday weekends, up and down the Alcester Road, between the Wythall Transport Museum and Birmingham, you may see the odd vintage bus going up and down, taking passengers on rides from the museum to various nearby locations. From Hollywood, south of the Maypole, then up Kings Heath, towards Bristol Street and last stop at The Alexandra Theatre on Suffolk Street Queensway!


You may be suprised that there is an area near Birmingham, called Hollywood! Just south of the Maypole, down the Alcester Road South towards Wythall is Worcestershire's very own Hollywood! On the Easter Monday Bank Holiday in 2017 I had a walk from The Maypole towards Whitlocks End Station, when I spotted three heritage buses on special journeys from the Wythall Transport Museum!

You can find out when the next event is on at this link Event Days.

Metrobus on the 48 - 2462 - NOA 462X - returning to Wythall from the Maypole. Easter Monday 2017.

Sea Front Service on the 48 - Southern Vectis - 314 PFM - Carters - returning to Wythall from the Maypole. Easter Monday 2017.

Carisbrooke Castle on the 48 - 570 - Bristol Lodekka - Southern Vectis - YDL 315 - returning to Wythall from the Maypole. Easter Monday 2017.

The 48 - 322 - Midland General FRB 211 H Bristol Rear-Engined Double-Decker Bus -  FRB 211H - seen here heading to the Maypole. Late May Bank Holiday Weekend 2017. Not wanting to walk back to Whitlocks End again, I turned back to the Maypole (hoping to see another bus). The 750 to Birmingham I did see but missed getting a shot of it (see the photo at the end of this post from Suffolk Street Queensway).

Yardley Wood Bus Garage celebrated it's 80th birthday during November 2018, and they had bus rides around the local area. On other Bank Holidays I did try and go to Kings Heath, to see if I could spot one of the vintage buses but I kept missing them, or didn't have my camera ready. These photos below were taken from the top deck of the no 50 bus I was on to town. These buses are not part of the Wythall collection.

I have previously been on rides on this pair of vintage buses!

Timesaver - 2957 - WM Travel - MCW - D957 NDA - Seen November 2018

Previously rode on this bus during the pair of open days at Acocks Green and Yardley Wood bus garages in early October 2013, on the occasion of the bus garages 75th birthday.

JOJ 222 - 2222 - Leyland - Birmingham - Bearwood via Dudley Road - B82 - Seen November 2018

Saw this bus again only 2 months after I had ridden on it from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre!

If seeing the vintage Wythall buses on Bank Holiday's was hit and miss in the Maypole, Kings Heath or Moseley, the next option was to check them out in the city centre! I checked their timetables, so I had a fair idea approximately where they would be.

750 to Birmingham - GREEN LINE AEC RCL CUV 219C - CUV 219C - London Transport - AEC Routemaster - seen on the Easter Monday 2018 Bank Holiday. I had walked up to the Alexandra Theatre, but didn't see the expected bus, then walked down Bristol Street, before this one went past me!

Route 750 to Birmingham (Alexandra Theatre) - 1256 - FRC 956 - Trent FRC 956 Leyland PD2/12 with Leyland body - seen the late May Bank Holiday Monday 2017. I had previously tried to see this bus the day before in Kings Heath but I missed getting a decent shot of it (or I saw it being towed back to Wythall). So seeing it arriving at the Alexandra Theatre was my best chance of seeing it! At this point heading onto Suffolk Street Queensway from Holloway Circus and Bristol Street.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

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Here's '10 of the best' from Peter! - a Birmingham photographer and 'People with Passion'

Here we have selected 10 of the best photographs from the talented Peter Leadbetter, a photographer and one of Birmingham's 'People with Passion' at BirminghamWeAre. 

Open the full post to view Peter's wonderful photography taken in and around Birmingham.

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Here we have selected 10 of the best photographs from the talented Peter Leadbetter, a photographer and one of Birmingham's 'People with Passion' at BirminghamWeAre. 

Open the full post to view Peter's wonderful photography taken in and around Birmingham.


Balancing Act, The Cube, Birmingham 

 

Reflections, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 

 

Gas St Basin, Birmingham

 

Canalside reflections, Birmingham

 

Winterbourne Gardens, Birmingham

 

Canal at Edgbaston, Birmingham


Moseley Skyline, Birmingham


 

Japanese Bridge Reflections, Birmingham

Soho Loop near Winson Green, Birmingham

Photography taken by Peter Leadbetter

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Vintage bus ride from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, September 2018

A look back to my vintage bus ride in September 2018 when an open day was again held at the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre on Dollman Street. Was a long wait on Snow Hill Queensway before the bus came! But was well worth the wait. 2222 aka JOJ 222.

 

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Vintage bus ride from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, September 2018




A look back to my vintage bus ride in September 2018 when an open day was again held at the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre on Dollman Street. Was a long wait on Snow Hill Queensway before the bus came! But was well worth the wait. 2222 aka JOJ 222.

 


A long wait on the 16th September 2018 during Heritage Open Week in Birmingham. After a visit to Highbury Hall, next on the agenda was a return visit to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, on Dollman Street. I heard about the free vintage bus ride, so I wanted to go. A 50 minute wait at bus stop SQ3 outside of Lloyd House, but it was worth it!

Seen arriving on Snow Hill Queensway was former Birmingham City Transport bus 222. JOJ 222. Made by Leyland. To "Saltley". Passing Three Snowhill.

It was approaching bus stop SQ3. Worth the wind and rain to see it and ride it!

Birmingham City Transport with Birmingham's Forward coat of arms.

Top deck. The seats are a bit different to modern buses and the ceiling is much lower! I sat on the left.

The steps are at the back of the bus, not near the front. Similar to old London buses!

Reflection in Lloyd House, the West Midlands Police Headquarters.

I believe this section is now a little exhibition with the history of the West Midlands Police.

"Spitting strictly prohibited offenders will be prosecuted". One of the signs I saw on the top deck! What was their litter policy back in the day?

"Any passenger leaving this omnibus without paying the fare and with intent to avoid payment is liable to prosecution". To be fare / fair, it was a free bus ride, so no ticket, and I don't think my Swift Card would have been accepted!

If you wanted to stop the bus to get off, press this button. I would think that the light would come on?

Close up look at the button. The metal has rusted a bit. You have modern equivalents of these on modern buses!

2222 the buses ID. Modern buses have ID numbers like this too.

After leaving Snow Hill Queensway, the bus went via Colmore Circus Queensway, Steelhouse Lane, Corporation Street (near the Aston Expressway), Dartmouth Circus, Dartmouth Middleway, then up Vauxhall Road, Great Francis Street, Duddeston Mill Road and down Dollman Street.

Once the bus had parked near the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre, it was time to get off. On the way down the steps I saw theses signs. "Beware of approaching vehicles when leaving or passing behind this vehicle. Safety First".

Bus destinations used to be on rollable blinds like the one below (modern buses have digital ones). It was still like this until at least the 1990s! Bottom sign says "Passengers are requested not to alight except at authorised stopping places". These buses didn't have automatic doors, in fact they had no door at the back, but only a conductor to collect tickets!

View of the other side of JOJ 222 / 2222 from after I got off the bus, and before I went into the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre for my second time in over 6 years!

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

 

 

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - March 2019

Many more exterior columns have been installed, lots of great photos of the building from around the area in this gallery.

Photo by Stephen Giles

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Many more exterior columns have been installed, lots of great photos of the building from around the area in this gallery.

Photo by Stephen Giles

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Birmingham developments overview map


Main Photo by Stephen Giles

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - March 2019

Here's a few nice shots of One Chamberlain Square from some interesting viewpoints.

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Here's a few nice shots of One Chamberlain Square from some interesting viewpoints.

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