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28 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Introducing the Beetham Tower, Birmingham

The Beetham Tower is located at 10 Holloway Circus between Smallbrook Queensway and Suffolk Street Queensway. Built from 2003 until 2006.

It is now the home of the Radisson Blu hotel. It's 122 metres tall. The 2nd tallest building in the City, but is currently the tallest occupied building (at least until The Mercian is completed in 2022).

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The Beetham Tower is located at Holloway Circus in the Southside District of Central Birmingham, between Smallbrook Queensway and Smallbrook Queensway. It's not too far from the Chinese Pagoda. The tower was built between 2003 and 2006.

It is part residential and part a hotel (occupied by the Radisson Blu chain). It's 400 feet tall (or 122 metres high). Owned by the Beetham Organisation who the building is named after.

It is currently the second tallest building in Birmingham (with the BT Tower still the tallest), but it is still the tallest occupied building in the City (well at least until The Mercian is completed and opened in 2022).

 

The Beetham Tower over the years ...

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Photos above courtesy of Elliott Brown.

 

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Beetham Tower

Photos above courtesy of Daniel Sturley.

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28 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Introducing The ICC Birmingham

The International Convention Centre opened in Birmingham in June 1991 by HM The Queen. It has hosted the G8 in 1998. Also the Conservative Party Conference every two years from 2010 (2020 is cancelled and is going virtual). The public mall links Centenary Square to the Canalside and Brindleyplace. Otherwise you have to go up Broad St or Cambridge St.

 

 

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The International Convention Centre is located in Centenary Square and the venue includes Symphony Hall. Built on the site of the Bingley Hall (which was built in 1850), it sadly burnt down around 1984. Construction of The ICC Birmingham would last around 4 to 5 years. It was opened on the 2nd April 1991, then a formal ceremony on the 12th June 1991 by HM The Queen. There is a public mall that stretches down to the canalside (with a footbridge linking it to Brindleyplace).

Famously used in 1998 for the meeting of the World Leaders of the G8. Once every two years from 2010, the venue was host to the Conservative Party Conference. It was scheduled to take place in 2020, but this conference will be going online instead (hopefully returning in 2022).

Inside there used to be a place called The Oak Kitchen, but this was later replaced by a much larger Starbucks Coffee. On the lower level towards the Canalside is Castle Fine Art.

More recently Craft Dining Rooms opened in the Canalside Bar space, that was previously occupied by Strada.

 

The ICC Birmingham over the last decade or so ...

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The ICC Mall

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The ICC Starbucks

The ICC

The ICC Hoot

Photos above courtesty of Elliott Brown.

 

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Photos courtesty of  Daniel Sturley

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28 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Introducing the Orion Building

The Orion Building was built from 2004 until 2006. Located on John Bright Street, Navigation Street and Suffolk Street Queensway. It is 90 metres tall. There is a Sainsbury's Local on Navigation Street. The building is opposite The Mailbox and is visible from the flyover on Suffolk Street Queensway.

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The Orion Building is usually seen in a pair with the Beetham Tower. Especially in the views up and down Suffolk Street Queensway. Built from 2004 to 2006, the architects was BBLB Architects.

Some history of the site. A building by Frederick W. Lloyd was built on John Bright Street in 1901. This was demolished in 2002. The facade of a hotel built from 1899 to 1900 by A. B. Phipson was retained when the Orion Building was built from 2003 to 2005.

Located on Navigation Street is a Sainsbury's Local. The Stable, a pizza and cider restaurant / bar opened on John Bright Street in late 2015 or early 2016. An Indian Restaurant later open nearby on Navigation Street by 2017 called Tamatanga.

 

Gallery below of the Orion Building over the years ...

Orion and Beetham Towers

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Photos above by Elliott Brown.

 

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Photos above by Daniel Sturley.

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28 Dec 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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Daniel Sturley - My Favourite 75 Birmingham 2020 Photos

Having just published my 3,300th photo taken of, or in Birmingham in 2020 to my main gallery, I felt like making a post of my 75 favourites!

Above is my most popular of the year, a perfect rainbow over the city centre on 13th June.

Thanks so much for your interest in my Birmingham photography.

I hope you all have a positive 2021!

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It's the Planet Saturn!

I hope you all have a positive 2021.

My full gallery is here: https://www.freetimepays.com/gallery/DanielSturley

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27 Dec 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August to December 2020

The construction of One Centenary Way has seemed slow to start but such a massive foundation and lower structure takes time. The main steel is ready to rise fast now though as the building starts to appear from behind the hordings. August to December 19th covered in this photo update.

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

There are now nearly 200 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: One Centenary Way Full Construction Photo Gallery

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23 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Stars in Millennium Point's Eyes from Eastside City Park

For our last pre-Christmas post of 2020, we pop to Eastside to check out the Christmas lights at the front of Millennium Point as seen from Eastside City Park. Also at the end of New Canal Street near The Woodman pub (closed) and Curzon Street Station. Was hoping for some dry weather on the evening of the 22nd December 2020, but it was raining again. A nice display even in the rain!

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Millennium Point's Christmas Lights in Eastside

This will be the last pre-Christmas post of 2020. The only Christmas lights to see outside in Eastside is at the front of Millennium Point in Eastside City Park. There is no Christmas lights down Curzon Street (probably due to HS2). Just the regular lampposts. This was on the evening of the 22nd December 2020 around 5pm. Was hoping for dry weather for once (it was dry all day). But it started to rain after work in the evening, and was a bit heavy by the time I got to Eastside.

 

First view of Millennium Point with the stars all to the left, in front of Thinktank and above the Thinktank Science Garden.

Millennium Point

This view from in front of The Woodman pub (which is sadly still closed due to being in Tier 3).

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Millennium Point has put the fairy lights on the top of the building below their sign.

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The stars seen to the left above the Science Garden.

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From the bottom of New Canal Street between The Woodman and Curzon Street Station.

Millennium Point

Beyond here, New Canal Street is completely closed off to traffic and pedestrians by HS2. And an area behind The Woodman has fences up. Plus the part of the park where the water jets were is behind fences. So walked back to Moor Street Queensway for the bus.

 

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

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23 Dec 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - December 2020

The finished 103 Colmore Row looks oustanding and almost surreal, as if computer generated!

A fantastic gallery of December photos in this update from Elliott and Daniel.

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Photo by Elliott Brown

There are now over 1300 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: 103 Colmore Row Full Construction Gallery

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23 Dec 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Amendments In For Major Digbeth Scheme

Amended plans have recently arrived for the eagerly anticipated redevelopment of Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth.

Brought forward by developer Cole Waterhouse, we've prepared a thorough lowdown on each individual phase of this once-in-a-lifetime scheme, with exclusive renderings from the architect, Corstorphine+Wright. 

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The site seeks to deliver:

  • 943 new homes (Private sale/ BTR/ affordable); 
  • A 133 bed Hotel (subject to occupier demand);
  • 6K sqm of ground floor cultural and commercial space;
  • Public open spaces; 
  • Public artworks;
  • A network of new yards and squares;
  • Restoration of Lock Keepers Cottage & Pump House.
  • Erection of NINE new buildings.

The site will undergo large scale (potentially phased) demolition works, with key buildings retained, enhanced and celebrated within these new plans. 
 
PHASE 1:
Blocks A, B, C; Makers' Yard, Passage & Upper Trinity Street.
 
Block A: 16 floors, 23,876 sqft commercial & 151 units (1-2 beds/5 three-bed duplexes)
Block B: 15 floors, 13,748 sqft commercial & 127 units (1-3 beds)
Block C: 15 floors, 98 units (1-2 beds) & 3,535 sqft commercial.
= 376 homes.
 
 

Running alongside Upper Trinity Street and adjacent the viaducts, these midrise blocks will provide a vibrant central spine through the development. 

At the heart of it all will sit the Makers’ Yards: multi-level creative studios, workspace & facilities and outdoor amenity spaces for residents..

Makers' Yard will sit above a basement car park and will be accessed from both Upper Trinity Street & the restored Pump House Passage.

Pump House Passage (#2 on the above legend)

This space will become a key north-south route within the redevelopment; it'll connect Adderley Yard to Pump House Park (#5) and will also provide links to Makers' Yard and future links into adjacent developments.

PHASE 2:
Blocks E, F, G; Bowyer Yard & Pump House Park.
 
Block E: 11 storeys, 4,790 sqft commercial & 67 units (1-2 beds/2 duplexes)
Block F: 7 storeys, 55 units (1-2 beds/4 duplexes) & 1,023 sqft commercial.
Block G: 5-7 storeys, 2,572 sqft commercial & 87 units (1-2 beds/10 duplexes)
= 209 homes
 

These blocks compliment the areas current & past industrial heritage. The saw-tooth industrial roofscape enables additional living space without the need for an increase in height.

Vibrancy will be brought to these blocks as live/ work street units linking through to an unlocked Bowyer Street.

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AFTER:

Featuring the locally listed, Lock Keepers Cottage, this 18th century building within Pump House Park will be re-purposed and brought back into use for the community, complete with gardens.

Bowyer Yard will be a private contemplative space that relates to the live/work uses within the surrounding buildings.
 
 
 
 
PHASE 3:
Block J & the completion of Adderley Yard.
 
Block J: 19 floors, 5,296 sqft commercial & 124 units (1-2 beds/2 duplexes).
 

Block J will provide a gateway for the proposed new buildings set to spring up on Adderley Street and will also front onto the future Midland Metro tram stop.

Overlooking the new public realm at Adderley Yard, Block J will reach 19 storeys, and will feature a punctuated facade design, roof gardens, covered terraces and amenity spaces.

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Adderley Yard will become the entrance of the new redevelopment. Digbethian in vibe, it'll become a lively area that will see Dead Wax retained and made a major focal point of the new yard. 

Artworks & murals will visually connect the area along with themed bespoke street furniture.

PHASE 4:
Block H
 
Block H. 32 floors, 234 units (1-2 beds), 9,743 sqft commercial, 1,624 sqft amenities & 2,323 gym space.
 
 
On the corner of Adderley Yard and Upper Trinity Street stands the most prominent gateway building that identifies the Upper Trinity Street development.

Reaching 32 storeys in height, it'll feature an 8 storey shoulder element to Adderley Yard and UTS, before transitioning down from the corner to lower adjacent buildings.

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Amenity spaces will be at level 01 overlooking Adderley Yard, and level 7.

PHASE 5 (flexible):
Hotel 
 
Block D: 8 storey, 133 bed Hotel & 266 sqm flexible commercial.
 

This standalone building will provide a strong identity for Digbeth. It'll sit overlooking new green infrastructure surrounding it in Pump House Park & adjacent at Duddleston Skypark.

Its artwork facade will now become a permanent installation, with the facade to be commissioned by an artist.

Subject to occupier demand, this will remain flexible until further notice.

VEHICULAR & CYCLE PARKING

Given the site's proximity to the city centre and with major transport connections nearby and with the tram set to run within the area soon, the site will see 7% car parking provision.

Basement parking for 66 is to be provided beneath blocks A-C. 28 of the spaces will be for mobility purposes; cycle storage will be located throughout the site at a rate of 1/per unit.

FUTURE MASSING & THE 'SKYPARK'.

The 2.5km Duddeston Viaduct Skypark aka 'The Brummie Highline' is a major opportunity to provide a new linear park within Digbeth - and one that will provide a connecting link between UTS and beyond.

The aspiration to turn the disused viaduct park into a 'highline' has long been established within the HS2 Curzon Masterplan and the Big City Plan.

Running along Upper Trinity Street to Montague Street as it does, we'll see high quality public space & event areas. Watch this space for this one!

PROJECT TEAM:

DEVELOPER: Cole Waterhouse
ARCHITECTS: Corstorphine + Wright/ Exterior Architecture Landscape
PROJECT MANAGER/ QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Henry Riley LLP
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Barton Willmore
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Renaissance Associates 
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL (M&E): Novo Integration 
TRANSPORT: Mode Transport Planning
All images are the property of Corstorphine + Wright Architects.
 
TWITTER: Buildsweare
INSTAGRAM: Itsyourbirmingham

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22 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Jewellery Quarter festive lights in St Paul's Square and The Golden Square

Christmas lights seen after dark seen around the Jewellery Quarter on the evening of the 17th December 2020. Mainly to see the festive lights around the Quarter as well as in St Paul's Square and The Golden Square. Was nice and dark. Although by the time he got to The Golden Square it started to rain. Never the less they looked nice. Plenty to see lit up around the Quarter.

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The Christmas lights in the Jewellery Quarter are always unique. As they look like jewellery (of course). More of the standard fairy lights to be found in St Paul's Square and The Golden Square. But the JQ's famous streets have their unique take on Christmas lights on lampposts.

 

St Paul's Square

This was the first time I've been able to see the Christmas tree up close in St Paul's Square after dark, as I usually walk around here in the daylight hours. St Paul's Church was just about visible with the street lights here.

St Paul's Square

The Christmas tree in St Paul's Square with a look down Ludgate Hill towards Snow Hill and the Colmore BID areas.

St Paul's Square

 

The Golden Square

Approaching The Golden Square from Warstone Lane, saw this tree covered in white fairy lights.

Golden Square

Jewellers on the right had this clock, that looks magical lit up after dark with it's own fairy lights!

Golden Square

Onto the actual Golden Square with multicoloured fairy lights above the square and on the Christmas tree.

Golden Square

Close up zoom in of the Christmas tree.

Golden Square

Zoomed out, and you can also see the lights on the ground of the square.

Golden Square

Next up was the Diamond Ring next to The Big Peg.

Golden Square

The only reflection was from the giant Diamond Ring!

Golden Square

One last look at the Diamond Ring and the coloured fairy lights before walking up Vyse Street to catch a train.

Golden Square

 

Christmas lights around the Jewellery Quarter

Fleet Street near Summer Row. With a view of the Library of Birmingham. Jewellery box.

JQ Xmas lights

 

Caroline Street on the walk up from St Paul's Square. Bow tie and bells.

JQ Xmas lights

 

This pair seen on Hall Street, just beyond Caroline Street. Christmas tree and earrings.

JQ Xmas lights

 

Turning onto Warstone Lane. Saw this Christmas tree.

JQ Xmas lights

Some more down Warstone Lane close to The Golden Square.

JQ Xmas lights

 

Turning onto Vyse Street as it started to rain. Pair of earrings near Newey's Jewellers.

JQ Xmas lights

A diamond ring on Vyse Street.

JQ Xmas lights

This necklace on Vyse Street opposite Jewellery Quarter Station.

JQ Xmas lights

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

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22 Dec 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of The Mercian - December Photo Update

The concrete core of The Mercian is now complete and the main structure is fast catching up, top out at floor 42 soon! Photos in this update start on 7th November and cover up to the 19th December (above from Highgate).

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1st December 2020

Photos by Daniel Sturley

4th December 2020

Photo by Elliott Brown.

10th December 2020

10th December 2020

14th December 2020

17th December 2020

19th December 2020

Photos by Daniel Sturley

There are now nearly 1000 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: The Mercian Full Construction Gallery.

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21 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Digbeth Custard Factory and Zellig festive lights

Every year you can see festive lights on Floodgate Street in Digbeth (although I think they are there all year round now). Plus at the Custard Factory on Gibb Street Christmas lights and Christmas trees go up every November and December. Popped into The Courtyard this year to find a bit more at Zellig. Comparisons between 2018 and 2020 mostly. In different weather conditions.

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CUSTARD FACTORY AND ZELLIG

DURING THE  CHRISTMAS PERIOD

It's not just Southside, the Bullring, or the Retail area in the City Centre that gets decked out in Christmas lights and trees every November and December. Head down to Digbeth and the Custard Factory. There is lights on Floodgate Street that stretches from under the Bordesley Viaduct towards River Street. Plus the Christmas lights on Gibb Street as well as in The Courtyard at Zellig.

 

Floodgate Street

On the 15th December 2018 around 4:30pm, I was walking from Eastside (after checking out Ice Skate Birmingham at the time). Then headed towards Floodgate Street in atrocious weather. It was freezing, sleeting and raining. This was close to Little Ann Street.

Floodgate St lights 2018

The rain made interesting affects with the lights. Entrance to the Custard Factory over the River Rea bridge to the right.

Floodgate St lights 2018

 

 

On the evening of the 12th December 2020. Approaching the lights on Floodgate Street in Digbeth under the Bordesley Viaduct. This was around 4:45pm, with the entrance to the Custard Factory on the right.

Floodgate St lights

The lights stretch past the Gent 48 street art on the left towards River Street. You can also see them from the bus in the evening on the Digbeth High Street, looking down Floodgate Street (just look left).

Floodgate St lights

Gibb Street

On the 15th December 2018 around 4:35pm on Gibb Street at the Custard Factory. Having crossed over the River Rea bridge and under the Bordesley Viaduct, it was still really cold and wet. But my first view of the Christmas lights on Gibb Street, despite the weather.

Gibb St Christmas lights 2018

"Oh the weather outside was frightful ...". Yes, but not festive weather, heavy rain and sleet. Christmas trees on Gibb Street outside of Besoke Framing.

Gibb St Christmas lights 2018

More Christmas trees on Gibb Street. At the time was a giant wall painting of (the now late) Sir Sean Connery.

Gibb St Christmas lights 2018

Heading to the end of Gibb Street near Clink. Zellig on the right. Was glad to get to the bus stop on High Street Deritend.

Gibb St Christmas lights 2018

 

Much better weather on Gibb Street on the 12th December 2020, around 4:45pm. A lady and her daughter near the Christmas tree.

Gibb St Christmas lights 2020

A close up look at the main Gibb Street Christmas tree near the yellow rimmed pool.

Gibb St Christmas lights 2020

It looks so much better in dry weather. NHS blue heart on the left by Fokawolf. The Custard Factory Digbeth Reception on the right.

Gibb St Christmas lights 2020

Another Christmas tree outside of The Old Library near the end of Gibb Street.

Gibb St Christmas lights 2020

 

Zellig and The Courtyard

Pair of Christmas trees at the entrance to Zellig seen on the 6th December 2019 around 4:10pm. The first one near the Matrix sign.

Zellig Xmas tree 2019

The second one as you head into Zellig.

Zellig Xmas tree 2019

Was a couple more Christmas trees inside of Zellig, near the Reception and Shops sign.

Zellig Christmas trees 2019

 

A quick look at The Courtyard at The Custard Factory. Entrance from Gibb Street. Seen on the 12th December 2020 around 4:45pm.

The Courtyard

The Christmas lights in The Courtyard during Blue Hour. Towards the Factory Works, NO64 and Chance & Counters.

The Courtyard

There was a Christmas tree to the right of the giant lion sculpture.

The Courtyard

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

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Colmore BID Parklet art roadside

Back to the five Parklets again around the Colmore Business District. During December 2020, they had an artist paint the side facing the roadside. They can be found on Colmore Row and Barwick Street (Grand Hotel), two on Waterloo Street and the other one on Church Street (Hotel du Vin).

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Click this link for the original Colmore BID Parklet post.

 

All five of the Parklets around the Colmore Business District are still there as of December 2020. And to brighten things up, they have commissioned artwork to be on all five of them. As you will see below.

 

Colmore Row

Pigeons in front of the Grand Hotel Birmingham and opposite the Pigeon Park aka Cathedral Square (home of Birmingham Cathedral aka St Philip's Cathedral).

Colmore Row Parklet

 

Barwick Street

A mixtures of oranges, blues, greens and whites to the back of the Grand Hotel near Primitivo Bar & Eatery. To the right of Barclays Bank.

Colmore Parklet

 

Church Street

In front of the Hotel du Vin. With a flowery design in yellows, blues, blacks and oranges. Also some hands / gloves.

Colmore Parklet

Waterloo Street

Outside of Theatrix and opposite Victoria Square. Green leaves with some birds.

Colmore Parklet

 

Outside of Christchurch House and Brook Street is this abstract art in oranges, blues, greens and whites.

Colmore Parklet

 

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

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The Lucy McLauchlan Birmingham street art trail

Go on this street art trail around Birmingham of the street art of Lucy McLauchlan aka Beat 13. One piece is in Moseley Park, while the rest can be seen in Birmingham City Centre. Mostly in Digbeth and Eastside. A recent piece went up on Smallbrook Queensway on the hoardings of of what was Superfi. The 48Sheets billboard was there for a short time back in 2012, so is no longer there.

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LUCY MCLAUCHLAN aka BEAT 13

For the first Lucy McLauchlan post click here for Todo es Posible (2010-16).

Lucy's unique monochrome street art is in greys, blacks and whites and is in an abstract style. She has painted all around Digbeth. One piece is now in Eastside. More recently she has done a piece on Smallbrook Queensway in Southside.

 

Moseley

Location: Moseley Park & Pool, Moseley, B13 8DD.

Boathouse by Beat 13 (Lucy McLauchlan), 2016

Seen during a visit to Moseley Park during Birmingham Heritage Week. Usually you need a key to enter this park.

Date found: September 2016.

Moseley Park Lucy

Moseley Park Lucy

 

Digbeth

Location: Shaw's Passage, Digbeth, B5 5JG. Opposite Original Patty Men and below Birmingham Moor Street Station.

Shaw's Passage Car Park by Beat 13 (Lucy McLauchlan), 2015

In the five years since, this large car park mural has faded quite a bit. The surface where the cars are parked is the remains of a demolished building, so it is uneven to walk on. Shaw's Passage is between Park Street and Allison Street in Digbeth.

Date found: January 2015.

Shaw's Passage, Lucy

 

Location: Grand Union Canal (Digbeth Branch) near Warwick Bar, at Proof House Junction, B5 5RH.

Proof House Junction Bridge by Beat 13 (Lucy McLauchlan), 2018 

This is under the Proof House Junction Bridge No 96 and the Proof House Railway Bridge (Disused). It is where the end of the Digbeth Branch Canal joins the Grand Union Canal (formerly part of the Warwick & Birmingham Canal).

Date found: February 2018.

Grand Union Lucy

Grand Union Lucy

 

Eastside

Location: Belmont Row, Eastside. Near the Digbeth Branch Canal on the Lock Keepers Cottage. 7 Belmont Row, B4 7RQ. Close to the Birmingham City University Eastside Campus and Gopsal Street.

Lock Keepers Cottage by Beat 13 (Lucy McLauchlan), 2020.

It is close to the Digbeth Branch Canal at the Belmont Row Bridge and Ashted Lock No 3.

Date found: January 2020

Belmont Row Lucy

Belmont Row Lucy

 

Southside

Location: Pershore Street in Southside near Upper Dean Street. Near the Travelodge. Now the site of Tru Birmingham Student Accommodation, B5 4RW.

48Sheet: Cut Down Tree by Beat 13 (Lucy McLauchlan), 2012.

Back in 2012, various street artists were given the opportunity to put up their street art on billboards around the City Centre, such as this one owned by ClearChannel. This art was only there for a short time, and the billboard is no longer there.

Date found: April 2012.

48Sheet Lucy

 

Location: Superfi, Smallbrook Queensway. Not far from Snobs at B5 4HX.

Superfi by Beat 13 (Lucy McLauchlan), 2020.

One of the many hoardings on Smallbrook Queensway with street art. Most of it down here by the legend that is Gent 48 and recently one by Annatomix.

Date found: August 2020.

Lucy Smallbrook Queensway

Date found: November 2020

Lucy Smallbrook Queensway

Street art by Lucy McLauchlan. Click the link on the left to visit her website.

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

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16 Dec 2020 - Stephen Giles
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SHERLOCK STREET: ALL THE RENDERS

This new redevelopment will see the erection of a 551 unit BTR (build to rent) scheme comprising 8 new buildings on a site bounded by Sherlock Street, in heights of up to 30 storeys. Exciting stuff.

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Brindleyplace festive lights in Westside (2013 and 2020)

For 2020, Brindleyplace has put blue festive lights in Central Square as well as a blue baubles lit Christmas tree. It looks nice after dark. I saw it on a heavy rain Friday evening, so I got a bit soaked. We will also show you what the Christmas lights was like back in December 2013 at Brindleyplace in the early evening.

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If you go to Central Square in Brindleyplace during November and December, there is always usually something nice to see in terms of the Christmas tree and Christmas lights. Especially after dark. They really try to make an effort. Most years they have had a real Christmas tree. But their 2020 effort is a blue and white baubles Christmas tree that looks pretty at night.

 

December 2013

This was on the 14th December 2013, sometime after 4pm. Heading up Brunswick Street from Brunswick Square towards Central Square. The Brindleyplace Car Park is on the left. Christmas lights above.

Brindleyplace Xmas lights 2013

This route takes you past the car park and Four Brindleyplace and into Central Square.

Brindleyplace Xmas lights 2013

A real Christmas tree with fairy lights and a Christmas star located in Central Square at the time.

Brindleyplace Xmas lights 2013

Then the Christmas lights near Cafe Rouge as I left Central Square towards the Water's Edge at Brindleyplace.

Brindleyplace Xmas lights 2013

 

December 2020

Heading towards Brindleyplace and into Central Square on a rainy Friday evening on the 4th December 2020, around 5pm from Atlas Way. Could already see all the blue lights between Five and Four Brindleyplace.

Festive lights Brindleyplace 2020

It was very blue to the right, but was raining a lot, so was a lot of puddles and all paths were wet.

Festive lights Brindleyplace 2020

Turning to the white and blue baubles Christmas tree between Three and Two Brindleyplace, it made a nice wet reflection in the puddle.

Festive lights Brindleyplace 2020

Getting a close up view of the Baubles Christmas tree, my lens was getting wet, no time to wipe it in this weather!

Festive lights Brindleyplace 2020

Noticed that the water jet fountains down the steps were turn on.

Festive lights Brindleyplace 2020

Not many people around in this weather, but the lights still madea nice wet reflection from this angle as well.

Festive lights Brindleyplace 2020

One last view, before I headed towards Oozells Square and Broad Street.

Festive lights Brindleyplace 2020

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

 

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The Bullring Bull's many outfits during 2020 (plus the best of the rest from 2019)

While the pandemic and lockdowns meant the Bullring Bull didn't have as many outfits as in previous years, it didn't stop the costume designer at the Bullring from giving him an outfit. From Chinese New Year to St Patricks Day. From Back to School to Christmas, and some others in between.

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Not as many outfits on the world famous Bullring Bull in 2020 due to the Pandemic and the two lockdowns. Plus the tier system. But there has been a few, a couple before the first lockdown. And several outfits when restrictions were eased. Plus one in time for Christmas. Plus a look back at the other 2019 outfits after my original May 2019 post on the Bullring Bull. Enjoy!

 

January 2020

It was Chinese New Year, and it was the Year of the Rat. Little did we know that a few months later a pandemic would be declared and we would enter lockdown.

Bullring Bull Chinese NY 2020

Bullring Bull Chinese NY 2020

Bullring Bull Chinese NY 2020

 

March 2020

Dressed up for St Patrick's Day, but the Annual St Patrick's Day Parade was sadly cancelled, and has yet to be rearranged. As many other events at the time got cancelled. Then at the end of the month we entered a long period of lockdown.

Bullring Bull St Patricks 2020

Bullring Bull St Patricks 2020

Bullring Bull St Patricks 2020

 

August 2020

The first lockdown was pretty much over by the summer as restrictions were being eased. And the Bull got it's first outfit in around 5 months, just in time for kids to go Back to School. As they hadn't been at school since the lockdown in March.

Bullring Bull Back to School 2020

Bullring Bull Back to School 2020

Bullring Bull Back to School 2020

Bullring Bull Back to School 2020

 

October 2020

Bit of a controversial outfit here. With a pink bra and knickers, but the bull is male not female! It was for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Bullring Bull pink 2020

Bullring Bull pink 2020

Bullring Bull pink 2020

 

December 2020

Ending the year of the pandemic and lockdowns with Christmas pyjamas with penguins on them. And a Christmas hat.

Bullring Bull Christmas 2020

Bullring Bull Christmas 2020

 

 

Previous post here Bullring Bull outfits. Which takes you to about May 2019.

 

In June 2019, the Bullring Bull was dressed up for the Cricket World Cup 2019.

Bullring Bull Cricket 2019

 

Back in August 2019 for the launch of Peaky Blinders series 5. It might be a long wait for series 6 due to delays caused by the pandemic in 2020.

Bullring Bull Peaky 2019

Bullring Bull Peaky 2019

Bullring Bull Peaky 2019

 

By October 2019, the Bullring Bull was ready for Halloween dressed as a skeleton!

Bullring Bull Halloween 2019

 

Poppy Day at the Bulling during early November 2019. Soldiers collecting for the Poppy Appeal.

Bullring Bull Poppy 2019

 

Near the end of November 2019, the Bull was dressed up a Pantomime dame as it was soon to be Panto season at the Birmingham Hippodrome again!

Panto Bull 2019

Panto Bull 2019

Panto Bull 2019

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Bullring Christmas Lights: Then and Now

Over the last decade or so, the Christmas Lights at the Bullring outside have changed quiet a bit like the rest of the City Centre. Here we will look at the lights without any market on after dark. During the 2nd lockdown of November 2020, it was pretty quiet down St Martin's Walk and into St Martin's Square. Might be a bit different now under Tier 3 restrictions.

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There has been a few changes to the Christmas lights and Christmas trees at the Bullring over the years. Compare St Martin's Square from 2013 to 2020. And St Martin's Walk from 2010 to 2020. If you want to see more photos from the Bullring over the years, the links to the posts is at the bottom of this post.

 

St Martin's Square

Then: December 2013. A real Christmas Tree lit up. Also red lights as all the shops and restaurants were open.

St Martin's Square

A close up of the Bullring Christmas Tree 2013.

St Martin's Square

 

Now: November 2020. During the 2nd Lockdown. The reused artificial Christmas tree. Lights behind turned off as non essential retail was closed. Not many people around.

St Martin's Square

The Bullring Christmas Tree 2020 seen from the balcony looking towards St Martin's Church.

St Martin's Square

At the top was this Christmas circle, which was quite close to one of the clocks of St Martin's Church.

St Martin's Square

 

St Martin's Walk

 

Then: December 2010. Blue and white Christmas lights between the West and East Malls, with Next on the left.

St Martin's Walk

The view from the bottom in front of the Statue of Nelson towards the Rotunda.

St Martin's Walk

 

Now: November 2020. Early evening with some rain heading down St Martin's Walk. These white and yellow Christmas lights have been used at the Bullring for several years now.

St Martin's Walk

They looks the same as before, apart from there wasn't any Christmas market stalls during the 2nd lockdown period.

St Martin's Walk

The view from the Nelson statue up towards the Rotunda. That was either the moon above, plus bright yellow lights from the Christmas lights on the ramped path.

St Martin's Walk

The view to the left of the Nelson statue. Reminds me a bit of the Festival of Light from January 2020.

St Martin's Walk

 

Click this link for the previous Bullring Christmas lights post. Covering 2015 to 2019.

Click here for the Festival of Light post of January 2020.

 

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

 

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Ladywood Canalside Scheme Set For Approval

An outline canalside application goes to planning committee next week, with approval recommended - but major changes to the scheme could well be on the way.

Early plans will see the site feature five interconnected blocks of up to 9 storeys, comprising up to 260 apartments - all located on a triangular parcel of land containing a number of dilapidated buildings.

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With the demolition of site firmly established back in 2017, the former Auto Service site at Icknield Port Road and Osler Street site includes early plans that could well see five interconnected blocks of up to 9 storeys.

Comprising up to 260 one, two & three-bedroom apartments, the site will see various roof gardens, an internal residents' courtyard, underground car park, and a publicly accessible canal-side terrace.

As it's an outline application, the developer behind these plans, The Rochda Group, only seek approval for access, layout and scale, with matters relating to appearance and landscaping due in reserved matters application form in the near future.

Location: one (Google Maps)
Location: two (Google Maps)

The aim is to create fluid connectivity between the site and the wider area, through an unrestricted publicly assessable walkway from Osler Street to the south, to an area of public amenity, sited to the site’s northern end, in the form of a canal-side terrace.

It could also trigger future development with the potential to connect the walkway with a pedestrian bridge over the canal - providing access directly to the reservoir and the adjacent Port Loop redevelopment.

239 car parking spaces are earmarked–although again, these could well be dropped. Cycle spaces for 269 will too be provided alongside a smattering of EV charging points.

VIABILITY CONCERNS & GRANT FUNDING

The development has had a viability assessment and has been concluded as being as only ‘marginally viable’ without grant funding–it currently offers zero affordable housing or public open space - but this could change.

Rochda is keen to explore grant funding, which could come from West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), or from an affordable housing provider.

A condition of any potential funding would likely see the provision of a minimum 20% on-site affordable housing.

Either way, even with outline approval, the viability of the scheme will need to be examined if grant funding is indeed secured or amendments to the current design are proposed in the near future (i.e: removal of the underground car park).

Certainly, one to keep an eye out for!

Renderings & drawings from The Rochda Group.

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Gun Quarter: Cliveland House Nearing Completion

Cliveland Street has been transformed in recent years, with residential now lying side-by-side with historic industry & student accommodation.

The latest redevelopment story is Cliveland House, a 6 storey canal-side residential scheme from Elevate Property Group - a development now rapidly nearing completion.

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Up until a few years ago, this stretch of the Gun Quarter was nothing more than a lifeless back-end industrial street with little or no footfall.

Today, the dynamic of Cliveland Street has changed for the better, with the street fast becoming one of the most liveable areas in the Gun Quarter.

31 Cliveland House is a contemporary 6-storey residential redevelopment from Cliveland Street (Birmingham) Limited (Elevate Property Group) & Rickett Architects

It comprises 52 one and two-bedroom apartments, rear car-parking for nine, cycle storage for 28, and a courtyard garden adjacent a quaint canal setting.

The development benefits from being within easy reach of the Central Business District, 
Midland Metro Tram & Snow Hill Train Station.

Mossvale Construction was tasked into constructing the scheme and, with the project nearing completion, the canal-side building is now being actively marketed by Knight Frank.

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THE CHANGING FACE OF THE GUN QUARTER

Renderings from Elevate Property Group/Rickett Architects.

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Birmingham Gems Charity Calendar (2021) - download & print

Can't get to one of our collection points to get hold of our popular Birmingham Gems Charity Calendars for 2021?  Dont worry!

Open our article for online access to a choice of downloadable versions in all sizes of print.

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Birmingham Gems all year round from your great Birmingham We Are community.  

You can download our Birmingham Gems Calendar we have two printable versions in either A3 or A4. 

To download a high quality file (50mb) select HERE.

To download a standard print file (4mb) select HERE.

Take a look through our landscape version, select download and print and enjoy this wonderful calendar. Alternatively save the link and enjoy online.

Whichever you choose please make a donation (we suggest £5) to one of the charities we are supporting:

For Birmingham Museums, go HERE.

For Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity, go HERE.

For Lord Mayor of Birmingham's Charity, go HERE..

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Old Joe at the University of Birmingham from 2018 to 2020

While during the lockdown / pandemic you are not allowed to go onto the University of Birmingham campus in Edgbaston you can see Old Joe for miles around the campus. Views here taken between 2018 and 2020. Up until early March 2020 I could still go onto the campus (now it's not possible without an ID). Named after Joseph Chamberlain who was the First Chancellor of the University.

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OLD JOE:

JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN MEMORIAL CLOCK TOWER

 

Find my old post comparing the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower here to the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy.

Old Joe on Twitter.

Some history about the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower aka Old Joe. Built from 1900 until 1908, it was the tallest building in Birmingham until 1965, when the BT Tower opened. Designed by Aston Webb and Ingress Bell who were responsible for the initial phase of building the University in the Edwardian period. The tower was based on the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy (see the link above to my old comparison post).

The tower commemorated Joseph Chamberlain who was the First Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. It is the tallest free standing clock tower in the world. It is over 100 metres tall (possibly as high as 110 metres). The tower is Grade II listed and it can be seen for miles around the campus. As far away as the Lickey Hills and Waseley Hills (for instance). Even from nearby parks and suburbs. It is thought that Old Joe was the inspiration for the Eye of Sauron in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

2018

January 2018 from Beacon Hill at the Lickey Hills Country Park. Old Joe on the City Skyline

Old Joe

March 2018: From Vincent Drive overlooking the Cross City Line. The new University of Birmingham Library with Old Joe.

Old Joe

May 2018: Seen from the Bristol Road in Edgbaston, when they got the clock working again!

Old Joe

June 2018: View from Winnie Road in Selly Oak around the time that Old Joe won the World Cup of Birmingham's Best Buildings! on Twitter (held by I Choose Birmingham).

Old Joe

July 2018: Visible from the Bourn Brook Way not far from Harborne Lane in Selly Oak.

Old Joe

November 2018: A close up view from the Chancellors Court at the University of Birmingham.

Old Joe

2019

January 2019: From the Green Heart at the University of Birmingham (before it was completed later that year).

Old Joe

February 2019: In this view from the Bristol Road, Selly Oak, before the Selly Oak Railway Bridge of 1931.

Old Joe

April 2019: Heading down Cartland Road in Stirchley, could see Old Joe between the roofs of houses.

Old Joe

August 2019: Not far from the Bramall Music Building. The clock was once again stuck at 12 on all sides.

Old Joe

October 2019: The view from Bournbrook Road in Selly Park, heading towards Selly Oak.

Old Joe

December 2019: Old Joe was visible on the skyline from Sir Herbert Austin Way in Northfield.

Old Joe

2020

January 2020: Heading towards the Poynting Building from the Guild of Students over a footbridge with this view.

Old Joe

March 2020: One of my last shots of Old Joe before the lockdown began earlier in the month. Clocks stuck at 12 again.

Old Joe

May 2020: The first time I'd seen Old Joe in two months due to the lockdown. This view from Cannon Hill Park.

Old Joe

May 2020: Also saw Old Joe from Highbury Park, not far from Joseph Chamberlain's former home Highbury Hall.

Old Joe

May 2020: Walking back from Weoley Castle past Selly Oak Park down Gibbins Road saw this view of Old Joe.

Old Joe

June 2020: Saw this view of Old Joe from the Waseley Hills Country Park, before I zoomed in on the skyline.

Old Joe

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Handsworth Park the park near where Boulton and Watt are buried

Went to Handsworth to check out St Mary's Church and Handsworth Park. The church was closed for renovation works so couldn't go inside. The park has a boating lake and an arts trail. Found two of The Big Sleuth 2017 bears in one half of the park. I got the tram but no 16 bus route is nearby if I go again! 

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See also my Handsworth heritage buildings post. Find all my my Handsworth Park photos over on my Flickr.

The main entrance gates to Handsworth Park from Hamstead Road. I continued on to get close to St Mary's Church, until I noticed that their was renovation works. I then crossed over the road for some more views of the church, before heading into the park. The gate on the right was open on my visit.

Handsworth Park gates

Before I got to St Mary's Church on Hamstead Road in Handsworth, I had a look at the lodge house in Handsworth Park. Dated 1897. Not listed.

Handsworth Park lodge house

I had a walk around the boating lake, walking anti-clockwise. The lodge / gate house of 1897 with it's distinctive clock tower and turreted roof.

Handsworth Park lodge house

The Victorian Drinking Fountain Canopy, now part of the Handsworth Park Arts Trail. Probably dating to the late 19th century. Originally called The Austin Lines Fountain. The drinking fountain itself has long since been removed. This view from the Hamstead Road, through the metal fence above the brick wall (on the walk to St Mary's Church, noticed a part of the wall that is broken and in urgent need of repair).

Handsworth Park Victorian Drinking Fountain

The boating lake from the Hamstead Road end of Handsworth Park. Plenty of Canada geese and gulls in this lake. Saw some boats at the other end of the lake.

Handsworth Park boating lake

Several boats near the island in the middle of the lake. They were up-side-down!

Handsworth Park boating lake

A relatively new sculpture unveiled in 2017, called SS Journey, made by the sculptor Luke Perry. Seen from the path I took on the walk around the lake.

Handsworth Park SS Journey

It is dedicated to the brave individuals who have left their homes around the world and made the journey to Handsworth and other parts of the UK, seeking a new life for themselves and their families. The sculpture is cast in bronze. I think the ship part looks like it was made of steel. It faces one corner of the boating lake.

Handsworth Park SS Journey

Saw this squirrel on top of a bench. As per usual, when you get close to a squirrel they run away! It's already looking autumnal in his park with leaves on the lawn.

Handsworth Park bench squirrel

What looks like an old drinking fountain. It's called Umbrello and it is Grade II listed. It was presented to the park in 1888 by Austin B Lines. Octagonal in plan. Had two shields with inscriptions on them. One of them had a pelican on it.

Handsworth Park Umbrello

I eventually headed back to the Hamstead Road entrance / exit. And then headed down Holly Road. I was aware of the Soho railway line running through the park, but missed using any of the footbridges here. I re-entered the other half of the park when I saw one of The Big Sleuth bears from summer 2017.

In the summer of 2017, I didn't get around to travelling to Handsworth, so missed seeing The Big Sleuth bears. Although around late July 2017 came back on the bus through Handsworth after doing Bearwood, Dudley and West Bromwich. These bears are now part of the Handsworth Park Arts Trail, and were installed in October 2017.

This is Sun Guardian created by Goosensi working with Friends of Handsworth Park and the Handsworth Community.

 

Handsworth Park The Big Sleuth Sun Guardian

Seen outside of the Handsworth Wellbeing Centre (Handsworth Leisure Centre) was Well Active Bear. Created by Mark Copplestone and Jennie Saunders working with Birmingham Wellbeing Service.

Handsworth Park - The Big Sleuth - Wellbeing Bear

Seen on this cylinder outside of the Handsworth Wellbeing Centre was this piece of graffiti street art, part of the Arts Trail in the park. Handsworth Revolution - Steel Pulse.

Handsworth Park - Handsworth Revolution

The Handsworth Playcentre is to the left of the Steel Pulse piece. Mostly painted in sky blue paint, with a variety of other colours. Part of the Handsworth Leisure / Wellbeing Centre.

Handsworth Park - Handsworth Wellbeing Centre - Handsworth Playcentre

After this, I left the park via Grove Lane and then headed towards Winson Green Outer Circle Tram Stop. Which was about a 20 minute walk away. Maybe one day a new railway station could be built in the middle of the park. Apparently Handsworth Wood Station was here from 1896 to 1941. Passengers found the no 16 bus to be more convenient. Maybe a new staton could be built there on the line from Birmingham New Street towards Walsall on the Chase Line. Similiar to the proposals to rebuild the stations on the Camp Hill Line (Hazelwell, Kings Heath and Moseley).

 

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Selly Oak Park: the gem of a park off the Selly Oak Bypass

Selly Oak Park is located on Harborne Lane in Selly Oak. Sections of the Lapal Canal goes through the north east corner of the park (still to be fully restored). The Selly Oak Bypass (Aston Webb Boulevard) opened in 2011 and the Selly Oak Shopping Park in 2018. They are now building a new section of the bypass near the former Sainsbury's site at Selly Oak Triangle. Also on Gibbins Rd.

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Selly Oak Park

This park is located on Harborne Lane and Gibbins Road in Selly Oak. It was developed under the Kings Norton and Northfield Urban District Council. Land was donated in February 1899 by members of the Gibbins family. The park was opened in April 1899 on Easter Monday. In 1911 the park was taken over by Birmingham City Council when Selly Oak became part of the city. More land was donated over the years. In 1913 and 1919 by the owners of the Birmingham Battery and Metal Company (also Gibbins family members), in 1935 to give access to the Weoley Park Farm Estate. More land in 1950 by the Birmingham Battery & Metal Company (again). In 1958 some land was transferred to the City’s Public Works Committee. More recent land donations in 1980 and 1982.

The shelter built in 1899, the bandstand built in 1908 and the Daughters of Rest Pavilion built in 1953 have all since been demolished.

The park is now maintained by The Friends of Selly Oak Park. That includes all the wooden sculptures found around the park.

2012

My first walk around Selly Oak Park was during June 2012, testing out my then new camera (which I had until about December 2015). I probably entered from Harborne Lane and headed up the main path.

Selly Oak Park

One of the main squirrels in the park, with a nut.

Selly Oak Park

Saw this red wind funnel thing. There is similar funnels in other nearby parks.

Selly Oak Park

A council lawnmower going around the park cutting the grass.

Selly Oak Park

The trees were so lush and green in the summer, the path curving round to the right.

Selly Oak Park

Another squirrel behind a tree.

Selly Oak Park

Two paths amongst the trees.

Selly Oak Park

Distant view of the red funnel.

Selly Oak Park

2017

The next visit to Selly Oak Park was during January 2017. The Friends of Selly Oak Park had commissioned all of these new wooden sculptures which were worth checking out. On this side it says Lapal.

Selly Oak Park

To the side Welcome. So probably "Welcome to Selly Oak Park". This is near Gibbins Road.

Selly Oak Park

A carved wooden bench. In memory of Geoff Bartlett, Founder of Friends of Selly Oak Park.

Selly Oak Park

Part of the playground. A climbing frame, and a ride along a rope with a tyre (I think).

Selly Oak Park

Another wooden sculpture. Of deer or a kangeroo (probably a deer and it's cub).

Selly Oak Park

A new Welcome to Selly Oak Park sign. It's near the car park off Harborne Lane and close to the corner with Gibbins Road.

Selly Oak Park

2018

This visit during March 2018. View of the new outdoor gym.

Selly Oak Park

Daffodils alongside a path.

Selly Oak Park

Selly Oak Park Play Area. One of the many Birmingham City Council elephant signs that you would find in this and other City parks. Behind was a slide.

Selly Oak Park

Daffodils around a tree.

Selly Oak Park

Daffodils and crocuses. From here I headed up Gibbins Road towards Lodge Hill Cemetery. Weoley Castle is also nearby.

Selly Oak Park

Happy New Year 2020. More park posts to come during 2020.

 

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Smallbrook Queensway Christmas lights in Southside (2018, 2019 and 2020)

Southside BID are responsible for the Christmas lights on Smallbrook Queensway, in the yellow and red Chinese Quarter style. Traffic has gone from being mostly buses, to being busy with cars, to just buses again. Depending of what time of day it was. Smallbrook Queensway goes from Holloway Circus Queensway towards the Bullring. See also my post on the lights on Hurst Street.

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The Christmas lights on Smallbrook Queensway have looked nice over the last three years in Southside. You can see them from Holloway Circus, crossing the road from Hill Street to Hurst Street. Or from the Bullring end close to Link Street (above). All part of the Southside Business District. They are on the trees that lines the road that used to once form part of the Inner Ring Road (aka the Concrete Collar).

 

Click here for the Hurst Street Christmas Lights post. 

 

December 2018

Just before 4pm on the 8th December 2018 from Holloway Circus, looking up Smallbrook Queensway. Not quite dark enough, but the yellow and red Chinese style Christmas lights were turned on.

Smallbrook Queensway

 

On the 30th December 2018, sometime after 4:30pm, during Blue Hour. Smallbrook Queensway at the Hurst Street junction with the Centre City Tower to the left, and the Bullring straight ahead.

Smallbrook Queensway

About a minute later after crossing the road, the other side of Smallbrook Queensway, near Hill Street, looking towards Holloway Circus. Lots of cars heading into the City Centre.

Smallbrook Queensway

 

November 2019

On the 29th November 2019, sometime after 4:30pm on Smallbrook Queensway. These Chinese style Christmas lights close to the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre hotel, with the old Ringway Centre opposite.

Smallbrook Queensway Christmas lights

There was so much traffic on Smallbrook Queensway that evening. Seen close to the Centre City Tower and the Ringway Centre. Many of the shops on the right have moved out, and there is now hoardings with street art on them.

Smallbrook Queensway Christmas lights

December 2020

Heading to see the latest Christmas lights on Hurst Street, I crossed over at the traffic lights on Smallbrook Queensway, on the evening of the 1st December 2020, shortly before 5pm after work. Not as much traffic, just the odd coach and mini bus on this side near Hill Street.

Smallbrook Queensway Christmas lights

National Express West Midlands buses on Smallbrook Queensway, with not other traffic on the last evening of the second lockdown. Was very quiet around here.

Smallbrook Queensway Christmas lights

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Todo es Posible by Lucy McLauchlan aka Beat 13 around Birmingham Central Library (2010-16)

Before doing a Lucy McLauchlan Birmingham street art trail, lets have a look at a lost piece that she did. Also known as Beat 13. Todo es Posible was painted by Lucy in July 2010. You could see it on Birmingham Central Library from Chamberlain Square and down Congreve Passage. There was also bits at the other end of Centenary Way near Paradise Forum. Last visible during February 2016.

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TODO ES POSIBLE BY LUCY MCLAUCHLAN

From about July 2010 to February 2016, it was possible to see Lucy McLauchlan's Todo es Posible street art all the way around Birmingham Central Library (not covering all of it). It gave you something to look at other than the dated John Madin concrete of the 1960s and 1970s. The library would close in 2013 when the Library of Birmingham opened. And demolished during 2015 to 2016. Including the removal of Paradise Forum.

 

Location: at the time Birmingham Central Library. What is now PwC, One Chamberlain Square, B3 3AX. Note if you go to Chamberlain Square now, you will not find Todo es Posible as it was destroyed during the demolition of Birmingham Central Library in 2016.

 

July 2010

My first look at Todo es Posible down Congreve Passage from Chamberlain Square.

Lucy Todo

 

August 2010

A small section of Todo es Posible on the concrete of Birmingham Central Library. Like a bird face. It was to the left of McDonald's at Paradise Forum.

Lucy Todo

 

April 2011

Another look at the right half section of Todo es Posible on Congreve Passage. Around what used to be the Art in the Window Gallery. Lucy had painted more of the piece over the windows after this gallery had closed.

Lucy Todo

 

November 2012

Cherry pickers in front of Lucy's Todo es Posible street art on Congreve Passage. This view looking left towards Chamberlain Square and the Town Hall.

Lucy Todo

 

April 2014

Found some more of Lucy's art near Paradise Forum from Centenary Way. Leaves and berries.

Lucy Todo

Another look at the distinctive bird face near McDonald's at the Chamberlain Square end of Paradise Forum.

Lucy Todo

Some of the leaves and berries to the left of McDonald's (it closed down in late 2015).

Lucy Todo

 

February 2015

The right hand side of Birmingham Central Library was behind Paradise Birmingham hoardings, but it was still possible to see Todo es Posible down Congreve Passage. Paradise Forum would close at the end of 2015.

Lucy Todo

 

February 2016

Demolition of Birmingham Central Library was well underway by then, and this was the last time to see Todo es Posible before it went to dust.

Lucy Todo

From Centenary Way at the former entrance of Paradise Forum was another of Lucy's leaves and berries art.

Lucy Todo

Centenary Way now goes all the way from Centenary Square to Chamberlain Square in the open air. But at the time was the gutted Paradise Forum and rubble everywhere. One last look at Lucy's artwork on the right through the hoardings window.

Lucy Todo

 

Street art by Lucy McLauchlan 2010. Click the link on the left to visit her website.

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

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