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18 Feb 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - January 2019

Some interesting perspectives in this update showing the nearly completed building juxtaposed with the city's classic architecture and some views from the Library of Birmingham.

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11 Feb 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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Construction at Arena Central - February 2019

The construction focus at Arena Central is now on Three Arena Central (HMRC Midlands) but the finished One Centenary Square (HSBC UK) offers some nice architectural detail photos, lots in this update covering 6th and 10th February.

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08 Feb 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - February 2019

Two Chamberlain Square is onto cladding installation and the front colonnade extention is almost complete. The extra columns really help to start showing the emerging architectural style of the building. More photos in the full post.

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07 Feb 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - February 2019

One Chamberlain Square is well on the way to completion with just a few external details to finish of. In the sunlight it is actually a very reflective building, lots of photos in this update.

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03 Feb 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - February 2019

Bank Tower Two at the Leftbank development is now structurally complete, a beautiful day for this photo update, more in the full post.

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02 Feb 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The ever-changing Birmingham Skyline - views into the City from Clent

In this post we take a look at how the Birmingham skyline has changed over the past 12 months.

All images have been taken from Clent Hills by Birmingham's People with Passion, Daniel Sturley.

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Birmingham skyline as seen from Clent Hills (February 2018) 

 

Birmingham skyline as seen from Clent Hills (May 2018)

 

Birmingham skyline as seen from Clent Hills (July 2018)

 

Birmingham skyline as seen from Clent Hills (February 2019)

 

Birmingham skyline as seen from Clent Hills (February 2019) - zoomed in.

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02 Feb 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham Construction, Cranes Across the City - February 2019 Update

Photos of cranes across the city between September and January 2019.

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27 Jan 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - latest update

A peak above the hoardings of 103 Colmore Row reveals a hive of activity. This 223,631 sq.ft office tower is the largest under construction outside of London. Photo: Gtr Bham Dev.

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The building will feature restaurants on the ground & top floors, winter garden & an 18th floor terrace.

Here we have artists impressions of the final build from construction lead BAM and some photos of the demolition of the old Natwest Tower.

Above images from BAM.

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25 Jan 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - January 2019

Two Chamberlain Square is now structurally complete, the front collanade almost finished, work on the exterior next. Local people will be able to stop calling it the 'car park' soon. More photos in the full post.

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24 Jan 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - January 2019

Bank Tower Two on Broad Street is now structurally complete with the cladding chasing up behind fast.

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21 Jan 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - January 2019

A super dull day for this update but interesting how metalic the building can look in certain light, some of the massive windows at street level have been installed. More photos in the full post.

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15 Jan 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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Construction at Arena Central - January 2019

The construction of Three Arena Central, the new HQ for HMRC Midlands, is having more of the steel structure intalled. It's starting to look really dense in this part of the city. More photos in the full post.

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09 Jan 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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City of Trees in green spaces feature

Daniel with his City of Trees pic taken from Dudley Castle a couple of years back - we feature great green spaces across the West Midlands.

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26 Dec 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - December 2018

Wates Group's Bank Tower Two is now completing the final floor, the top two stories being higher floors that are now clearly visible. Many photos in this update covering 16th and 22nd December.

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Check out this great map of Birmingham development and contruction projects:

Greater Birmingham Developments

Courtesy: @GtrBhamDev

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24 Dec 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - December 2018

The construction of PwC's new building, One Chamberlain Square at Paradise Birmingham is almost complete externally with just a few details to finish off and the eventual removal of the external lifts. 12 more photos in this update.

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Check out this great map of Birmingham development and contruction projects:

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09 Dec 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - December 2018

Some nice festive tones in the lighting conditions for this update with the tower just shy of topping out. See more photos in the full post.

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03 Dec 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - December 2018

A bit of a grey day for this December construction update, mainly photos from the Library of Birmingham's 'Secret Garden' over looking the site and some new perspectives.

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02 Dec 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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Construction at Arena Central - December 2018

Construction at Arena Central continues with the main structure for Three Centenary Square (HMRC Midlands) going up quickly now. Dandara is essentially complete. Many photos in the full post.

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27 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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"Photography and Birmingham - They've become my medicine!" - As someone who is autistic, Daniel tells us why!

Daniel Sturley, autistic and an award winning photographer, is the first of our 'People with Passion' to share his story about how his ‘special interest’ has helped him with his mental health challenges,  He also gives some great tips for producing wonderful photography. 

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'Bonnie', one of our family cats in 1988

From the age of about 7 I have been fascinated by photography, and had my first camera by the age of 10, an Halina 110 film format with two built-in lenses and a flash. I would take photos while on family holidays in Wales and I particularly enjoyed capturing the rally cross meetings when visiting the local motor racing circuit. I would send off the films for processing and had to endure an almost intolerable wait of a couple of weeks for the prints to arrive. When they did arrive it was better than birthdays and Christmas!

'Old Harry Rocks' near Tunbridge Wells, part of a college photography assignment in 1989

It was not until I went to college that I did any ‘serious’ photography, including developing and printing. I did several photography projects at college and with my first portfolio I was able to get a summer job doing baby and child portraiture in Mothercare, Boots, and BHS, taking and then selling photos to parents. I received very positive feedback about my photography but I was determined to seek a career in TV and Video Production, and taking photos was purely a hobby. I sold my camera in the third year of university for beer money and almost instantly regretted it.

The view from the top of the Sears (Willis) Tower in Chicago 1997

In 1997 I went to Chicago with my father and took a small 35mm snapper. I took many photos of the huge buildings there, I was obsessed with skyscrapers and still am. I wanted to capture the feeling of standing at the base of a massive skyscraper unlike anything I had ever seen.

I had found myself in Birmingham starting my first job in the television industry in 1994 and, although I had the typical south-east view of the place and had never been before, I very quickly fell in love with the city and felt moved to use my photography as a way of dispelling all the negative myths about it. Inspired by my trip to Chicago I started to photograph what has become my adopted home city.

Victoria Square in December 2003

In 1998 at the age of 30, I was diagnosed with autism (Asperger’s syndrome) and started to understand more about my challenges and how to manage my anxiety levels better. I also understood why I had ‘special interests’, photography of architecture was definitely one of my strongest, and I adore maps and have seventy two different atlases, I love skyscrapers and satelite photography, I can't get enough of Google Earth and I can't wait till I can afford a VR kit!

In November 2005 I went to New York and Chicago for ten days working but still came back with 39 rolls of 36 exposure film!

Looking up at the 450m Willis (Sears) Tower in November 2005

It was my birthday on this trip and I was feeling rebellious so I took this one on Fifth Avenue, November 2005

I bought my first digital SLR camera in 2008 and started to accumulate a large collection of photos of Birmingham. I showed some of them to friends and family and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and encouragement I received.

Cambrian Wharf with the Flapper Canalside Pub in 2009

In 2010 I produced a set of ten Birmingham postcards, had 200 of each printed and managed to get a few small city shops to sell them. The venture didn't succeed very well and I lost interest in photography.

I was encouraged by a good friend to develop a distinctive style and I had already identified several things that I naturally did like framing with thirds, juxterpositions, high colour, because I liked the resulting photos. But I also realised that there was the 'no people' aspect of my photography and how it reflects how I see the world.

In 2011 I found myself alone for Christmas Day and whilst I was a bit down, I wasn't lonely. As an autistic person I have a base state of alone, so I took the opportunity to indulge my 'special interest' of city photography and to wander the streets of Birmingham city centre to get some shots. Serendipity intervened to gift this set of rare photos.

CHRISTMAS DAY 2011 GALLERY

In 2013 I whad been working as a freelance video editor for a large company consistently for 18-months. The 3-hours of driving every day and extremely difficult working conditions resulted in so much stress that I became ill with clinical depression and anxiety disorder and had to cease work as a freelancer.

As part of my recovery, I was encouraged to indulge my ’special interests’ and chose to further my Birmingham promotion project by publishing my photography through social media. I published some of my archive of photos of the city but also started to take many more on a regular basis. I had fantastic feedback, I have continued ever since, publishing over 2000 photos in four years, my Twitter account now has over 1200 followers and I have sold some of my prints.

In 2015 I became a regular contributor to the new @BirminghamWeAre Twitter account and have gone on to become a full development partner with the parent social medis platform FreeTimePays.com.

My photography has been considered as a large contributory factor in the success of their community engagement project which encourages others to send in their photography of the city.

I seem to be able to see photographs waiting to be taken, I can 'frame' a scene instantly in my mind so I just need to use the camera to capture it. I love to use the 'rule of thirds' with my compositions, I like to find great juxtapositions, colours, reflections and odd 'muddles' of things that are hard to work out what's going on at first glance.

The Birmingham Pyramids, April 2016

In 2016 I visited Edinburgh with my mother and came back with many great photos of the city.

Edinburgh, a Sea of Chimney Pots - April 2016

In  May 2016 I was honoured to win ’The Cube Photographer of the Year’, after submitting one of my photos of the iconic building.

My winning submission for the Cube Photographer of the Year 2016

Later in 2016 I was also contacted by a gentleman from Price Waterhouse Cooper in Birmingham inviting me to display my photos of the construction of their new headquarters at Paradise Birmingham, One Chamberlain Square, as a timeline gallery at their current base.

My photos on the wall at PwC with Matthew Hammond, Chairman, PwC Midlands in Jun 2018

The Demolition of the Central Library, June 2016

The Construction of PwC's One Chamberlain Square during May 2018

I have continued to photograph the construction of the building and have recently been invited by PwC to collaborate on a 'coffee table' book about the building using mainly my photos.

As part of my extra-curricular work with BirminghamWeAre I have produced three 'Birmingham Gems' charity calendars.

I have a great passion for city photography and love to go on photography visits. I have created many galleries of my photos from these trips, please click below to view.

CITY PHOTOGRAPHY

Below are some examples.

Edinburgh, the Queen's Birthday Gun Salute, taken from Princes Street Gardens on a 300mm lens, April 2016  EDINBURGH GALLERY

Glasgow, September 2018, the view from the Necropolis, but what's a tomb and what's a building in the distance?  GLASGOW GALLERY

Cardiff, August 2017, one of the newly painted red dragons on the ornate obelisks outside City Hall.  CARDIFF GALLERY

Leeds, July 2017, one of the magnificent gold owls at the Civic Hall  LEEDS GALLERY

Paris, November 2011, the view Down the Champs Elysees  PARIS GALLERY

Amsterdam, August 2005, a tram jam in Leidseplein  AMSTERDAM GALLERY

Roma, April 2002, the Ruins of Il Tempio die Dioscuri ROMA GALLERY

Tivoli, April 2002, the Tivoli Gardens  TIVOLI GALLERY

New York City, November 2005, on my best ever birthday, the view north-west from the Empire State Building  NEW YORK CITY GALLERY

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22 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The main structure of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street is just a floor short of topping out, it looks great on the skyline at the moment all lit up with temporary lighting. A big gallery of photos in this update.

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19 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

One Chamberlain Square is looking great in the winter sun and is looking almost like a completed building now, more photos in the full post.

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13 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

One Chamberlain Square is having the last of the sills at the top and bottom of the main tier, the stipes on the back are now on the full height of the building. More photos in the full post.

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04 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham Construction Update - November 2018

Exchange Square now has it's main structure up to level with Maclaren House, a new crane has been installed on the site of 103 Colmore Row, the steel work on Three Centenary Square is rising around the central core, Bank Tower Two is up to the 30th floor and One Chamberlain Square is getting its final external details finished. Lots more photos and links to galleries in the full post.

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02 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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Construction at Arena Central - November 2018

Construction at Arena Central powers on with the start of the main structure of Three Arena Central, the new HQ for HMRC Midlands and Dandara is almost externally complete. More photos of the site in the full post.

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01 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

Two Chamberlain Square is continuing to rise at Paradise Birmingham, it's now looming over Centenary Way producing a wide canyon feel on the way down to the Museum and Art Gallery.

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