Construction & regeneration
05 Jul 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of 2one2 Broad Street - July 2019

The first crane for the construction of 2One2 Broad Street is being installed, won't be long before we start to see the core rise.

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Landscape architecture
05 Jul 2019 - FreeTimePays
Gallery

Opening of Centenary Square in Birmingham - One of the week's highlights!

Earlier this week, the new and totally re-developed Centenary Square was opened in a wonderful ceremony on a beautiful summer's day, quite fitting given the stunning design unveiled and great example of modern architecture with community at its heart.  Great work all involved, in particular Graeme Massie Architects.

Take our post for some stunning photography.

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Green travel
03 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

A38 Cycleway on the Bristol Road in Edgbaston

Now that the new cycleway along the A38 in Edgbaston is open, I got some photos from the 1A bus in the Saturday sunshine along the Bristol Road. Between Edgbaston Road and the University of Birmingham. It ends at the Aston Webb Boulevard / Selly Oak Bypass (joining onto the existing painted cyclepath on the pavement).

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I keep wanting to get the no 1 bus from Acocks Green, but keep missing it, and since NXWM introduced the 1A, end up getting that towards the University of Birmingham / QEHB instead. Better weather this time than when I last got the 1A up the Bristol Road (previous time raining). On the warm Saturday, took these photos from the bus, as far as the University.

Here the start of the dual carriageway. The blue cycleway joins from the crossing to the right.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

The cycleway is closed overnight but open in daylight hours.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

Trams used to go down here a very long time ago, at least as far as the Lickey Hills. But for maybe over 50 to 60 years has just been grass and trees down the middle.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

Looking good in the summer sunshine but lacking cyclists.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

Traffic lights I think close to the Pebble Mill Road junction.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

A S bend in the cycleway here.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

Curving round towards the University of Birmingham.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

Getting close to the University.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

The first man on a bike that I saw close to the new University Gym and swimming pool.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

A man with a trailer behind his bike, waiting at the lights.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

He is now seen crossing over this junction.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

The end of the blue cycleway near the University of Birmingham. Beyond here it is not painted blue, just the pre-existing cyclepath on the pavement on the Selly Oak Bypass / Aston Webb Boulevard.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

This lady briefly headed onto the blue cycleway before heading into the University via the South Gate.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

End of the line. As you can see to the left the cyclepath on the bypass pavement is just painted lines, without the blue surface.

A38 Cycleway Bristol Road Edgbaston

The other section of this cycleway goes up the Bristol Road from Edgbaston Road towards the Belgrave Interchange, but I think it switches sides on the pavement. And it may go up Bristol Street. Would be ideal if they built a link between this one and the other one for the A34 towards Perry Barr.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
01 Jul 2019 - FreeTimePays
News & Updates

A selection of ItsYourBuild news (July 2019)

We're all about building social value, creating social and economic impact and connecting community with the built environment. Open the post for a selection of news items and posts circulated by ItsYourBuild on 01.07.19.

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Engaging people in their built environment with ‘Map & Track’  

This initiative run by www.ItsYourBuild.com, is set to scale from Birmingham across all major UK cities connecting more communities with their built environments. Whether planned or in progress, let’s get your development mapped and tracked .... read more

Birmingham's Centenary Square is to be officially opened in July!   

Centenary Square will be officially opened in July having been completely redeveloped.  Take our post for great insight and a great gallery. Written by Stephen with photos by Daniel - enjoy! .... read more

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ArchitectureAndUs – showcasing and mapping all great modern and classic architecture officially launches in Birmingham in July 2019

This new FreeTimePays Community of Passion is set to offer people who visit the City, as well as people who live and work in Birmingham, the ultimate guide to the great modern and classic architecture this City is proud to showcase. Let’s make sure we get your build and your favourites featured .... add it here

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Tall build, big build, regeneration or development of existing build - people want to feel part of what’s going on and what’s going up!

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Transport
01 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Birmingham Bus Bash, September 2017

The Birmingham Bus Bash was held on the 10th September 2017 on the fairground at Cannon Hill Park. Various old and new buses to see from National Express West Midlands and Wythall Transport Museum. Many vintage Birmingham City Transport buses was there at the time. 

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Organised by National Express West Midlands, the last Bus Bash was held on Sunday 10th September 2017 (I'm not aware of one being held in 2018, or if they will do one for 2019). It was held on the fairground (to the far end of the park and near the footpaths that run alongside the River Rea route). A collection of buses from the Wythall Transport Museum, some in private hands and of course National Express West Midlands.

Bus Bash

Four old Metrobuses at least one of these was part of the Wythall Transport Museum collection (three in private ownership).

NOA 462X - 2502 / 2462 | 159 to Coventry | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

WDA 835T - 6835 | 52 to Beeches Estate | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

D912 NDA - 2912 | 900 Timesaver | West Midlands Travel

F53 XOF - 3053 | 900 to Birmingham - Airport Link | West Midlands Travel

Bus Bash

Same four buses as above, but from a different view. All former West Midlands Travel buses.

Bus Bash

Now some vintage Birmingham City Transport buses now part of the Transport Museum Wythall collection.

2976 - JOJ 976 | 1 to Acocks Green via Moseley | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

3009 - MOF 9 | 52 to Beeches Estate via Walsall Road | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport


1486 - GOE 486 | Outer Circle 11 | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

Bus Bash

Next up a pair of former WM Travel buses.

4613 - JOV 613P | 205 to Blackheath


4413 - NOB 413M | 79 to Wolverhampton

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Not all buses from Birmingham! These examples from out of town.

Leyland Leopard | Bob on Tour | GSO 90V | Bluebird

Leicester City Transport | 18 to Braunstone | 301 | GJF 301N

Magic Bus | 15032 | 1AN to Chorlton | H132 GVM

Bus Bash

Same buses, but from a different angle. Old Midlands buses were further to the left of this view. Better view of the Magic Bus and old Leicester bus from here.

Bus Bash

An old National Express coach and an old Birmingham City Transport bus.

National Express Rapide 400 GT | MCW | MMN-400 G

Vintage Bus Service 48 | MOF 225 | 3225 | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

Bus Bash

A collection of modern National Express West Midlands buses you may see on the streets now, or ride yourself. Including this NXWM Platinum bus on the X2 - Solihull to Birmingham via the Coventry Road. 6832. Also visible here 6147 and 4738.

Bus Bash

Not NXWM here but Diamond and Arriva.

Diamond - BK13 NZO - 30938 | Diamond 25

Arriva - Saphhire - YX64 YMA - 4407

Bus Bash

Green and red NXWM buses. The green ones are electric hybrid. That pair I think are based in Wolverhampton and Dudley. The green buses in Birmingham have since been repainted red (such as on the 61 and 63 along the Bristol Road), but are still green and yellow inside.

Bus Bash

Representing the different bus garages with these red NXWM buses. Acocks Green Garage, Perry Barr Garage, Walsall Garage etc. Plenty of people about at the time.

Bus Bash

Differnet styles of double and single decker buses. Movie out in September 2017 was Kingsman: The Golden Circle, filmed right here in Birmingham! (the taxi night car chase opening scenes doubling as London).

Bus Bash

Full album on my Flickr here Birmingham Bus Bash.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Civic pride
01 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Black Sabbath Bench on Broad Street on the hottest day of the year so far!

I wasn't able to get to Westside on the day when Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi unveiled the Black Sabbath Bench on the renamed Black Sabbath Bridge above the Broad Street Tunnel. So popped along in the scorching sunshine to see it on Saturday 29th June 2019. Bit of a crowd around it taking their own photos too. Is also a new exhibition at BM & AG from the Home of Metal.

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The Black Sabbath Bench was unveiled by Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi on Wednesday 26th June 2019. From the images / videos I've seen they went along the canal in narrowboat. Wasn't able to get their that day (would have been too crowded and I wasn't aware of it until it was taking place). Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne were unable to make it.

Photo collage of Geezer, Ozzy, Tony and Bill. Didn't realise that they had signatures on them, so Bill was a bit cut off on the zoom ins.

Geezer Ozzy Tony Bill

Full view of the Black Sabbath Bench on the Black Sabbath Bridge. Behind is The ICC and Arena Birmingham alongwith Brindleyplace.

Black Sabbath Bench

Side view and other people taking Smartphone photos, including some were sitting on it having their photo taken.

Black Sabbath Bench

Other side towards the path to Brindleyplace near The Brasshouse and Celebrity Restaurant.

Black Sabbath Bench

Side view and I think they have removed Ozzy's star that used to be here. But I believe all four stars will go in front. Tony's was still in place a bit further down near The ICC and Symphony Hall.

Black Sabbath Bench

Back in December 2009 was when I first started taking photos of the Broad Street Walk of Stars. Ozzy Osbourne used to have his star on the bridge above the Broad Street Tunnel. Hopefully it will return soon.

Broad Street Star Ozzy

Tony Iommi's star also seen during December 2009. As far as I am aware, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have yet to receive stars on Broad Street. But expect them to get some placed in front of the bench in the near future.

Broad Street Star Tony

Walking past Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in Chamberlain Square. A new exhibition has opened in the Gas Hall from the Home of Metal called Black Sabbath 50 Years A Major Exhibition. Tickets at www.homeofmetal.com.

Black Sabbath Home of Metal

Also saw a billboard for this exhibition from the no 50 bus on Rea Street near Birmingham Coach Station in Digbeth. It was near The Anchor Inn. Other billboards are around other parts of the city as well. Rock 'N' Roll!

Black Sabbath Home of Metal

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Sport & leisure
01 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Cricket World Cup 2019: Fan Zone at Victoria Square

The Fan Zone was in Victoria Square over the boiling hot weekend of 28th to 30th June 2019 for the Cricket World Cup 2019. On Sunday 30th June 2019 was the match between England and India at Edgbaston. The Bullring bull has also got dressed up for the occasion.

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Link to my previous post here on the Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

First up, passing Edgbaston on Saturday 29th June 2019 as the team coaches were outside of the stadium with on looking fans. These views from the top deck of the 1A bus on Edgbaston Road.

CWC19 Edgbaston

View of the stands with the #OD4C hashtag - Unicef - Onew Day 4 Children.

CWC19 Edgbaston

The training ground. This is where the England and India teams would be practising the days before. Also media vans behind.

CWC19 Edgbaston

Preparing the training ground. They do the same to the main pitch. Cyclists can head to the right along Cannon Hill Road to the City Centre.

CWC19 Edgbaston

Saw this Cricket World Cup 2019 advert in Kings Heath on the Alcester Road South, between buses. I had just got off an NXWM Platinum 50 when another one showed up. But buses on the 11A was due in 20 minutes, and the 76 (which I ended up getting) was due in 16 minutes. And it was a very hot Saturday afternoon!

Cricket World Cup 2019 in Kings Heath

OK, time to head to the City Centre.

The Bullring Bull dressed up for #CWC19. Previous post here The many outfits of the Birmingham Bullring Bull!

CWC19 Bullring Bull

In Rotunda Square outside of the Nationwide Building Society was the NatWest #NoBoundaries Cricket Experience.

CWC19 NatWest Rotunda Square

A glimpse of the screen about the Fan Zone in Victoria Square, 28th to 30th June 2019 on the Media Eye at Birmingham New Street Station facing the Bullring. This view from the Moor Street Link Bridge.

CWC19 Birmingham New Street Station

Now to the actual Fan Zone in Victoria Square.

Street Sprint near the Town Hall.

CWC19 Fan Zone Victoria Square

Information - Your Own Training Ground. Close to the Council House.

CWC19 Fan Zone Victoria Square

Totally Wicket. An area to enjoy drinks at the bar.

CWC19 Fan Zone Victoria Square

Beach Ball close to the Council House.

CWC19 Fan Zone Victoria Square

Watch the match here if you don't have tickets, or don't have access to Sky Sports Cricket! Or just follow the texts on the BBC Sport app instead.

CWC19 Fan Zone Victoria Square

Clothes Line Catch near the main entrance to the Council House.

CWC19 Fan Zone Victoria Square

A media van at the bottom of the square behind the big screen. Used to be a permanent big screen around here years ago before it was removed.

CWC19 Fan Zone Victoria Square

About to head down Pinfold Street past the Midland Metro Alliance works, one last look as Queen Victoria and one of the Guardians keeps watch over the cricket activities!

CWC19 Fan Zone Victoria Square

England beat India by 31 runs. 

England v India: Jonny Bairstow & Liam Plunkett star in hosts' World Cup win.

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01 Jul 2019 - FreeTimePays
News & Updates

Birmingham's Centenary Square is to be officially opened this week!

Centenary Square to be officially opened this week having been completely redeveloped.  Take our post for great insight and a great gallery. Written by Stephen with photos by Daniel - enjoy!

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The design of the square is unlike any other. The most distinctive and radical feature is the ‘Hall of Columns’, which is a grid of 43 slender columns, each 25 metres tall and poke above the Library terrace level.

Thanks to the columns the square has a three-dimensional feel, to sit within a defined area with a light granite surface and have point lights at the very tip, creating a fantastic ‘constellation of lights’ at night.

They extend to the other side of Broad Street, with one row being located on the pavement right outside HSBC and Municipal Bank, while another row is right in the middle of soon-to-be Broad Street tram corridor.

“Unity, coherence and uniqueness”

This gives the whole area a sense of unity, coherence and uniqueness, a sense of it being one great civic space for everyone to enjoy, and one that sets Birmingham apart from every other city in Britain.

Next to the Symphony Hall and opposite The Rep theatre, there is a large reflection pool, with three rows of water jets for children, animals and adults alike to play with in the summer.

The pool can be drained when large scale events take place on the square.  With a number of places to sit, formally or informally,  and benches acting as a security barrier, the area will become a destination in itself.

What is great about the new square is the trees. There are lot of them!

They are arranged in groves, and these form a series of pocket parks across the square, with benches placed in or around them. Each grove is formed of a single species, bringing a unique atmosphere and colour to its part of the square.

These species include Birch, Maple, Gingko and Flowering Cherry.

All the public artwork taken away and put into storage before the revamp of the square began, are set to return to the square, although some will be located elsewhere.

The ‘Golden Boys’ statue of Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch, will be placed against the backdrop of the Cherry Orchard, near Symphony Hall.

The statue of King Edward VII will remain in its place, while the ‘Industry and Genius’ sculpture is going to be moved closer to the Baskerville House and made symmetrical to its entrance.

A ‘Real Birmingham Family’ statue has been relocated next to the Ginkgo trees grove.

This development is a vital cog in the ongoing regeneration and resurrection of Birmingham as a major international centre of culture, which fits with the Big City Plan.

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Construction & regeneration
30 Jun 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - June 2019

Some nice photos taken from the Library of Birmingham, Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square in this construction update.

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People & community
27 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

BirminghamWeAre - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion making all the difference!

Two years ago the idea of a digital space for people who want to make a difference and create social and economic impact was first conceived as a created here in Birmingham digital product. Two years later and major scale is on the cards with a huge roll out planned. 

See the full post for why it offers so much for neighbourhoods as well as the West Midlands region.

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Music & musicians
27 Jun 2019 - Stephen Giles
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Black Sabbath Bridge, Birmingham

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‘Black Sabbath Bridge’ is now officially a Birmingham landmark.

Two founding members of the Brummie mega group yesterday attended the public event at the road bridge which crosses the canal on Broad Street.

Watched on by hundreds of Sabbath fans eager to catch a glimpse of two Brummie icons, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler arrived in true Birmingham style, travelling by narrowboat to unveil the new bridge signage from the canal below.

Pictures by Antony Crutch

As well as the new bridge name, a ‘heavy metal bench’ incorporating images of the band’s original four members is now permanently based on the bridge, which is expected to draw hundreds and thousands of tourists to the city and the canal network.

Picture by Darren Quinton

The bench is inscribed "Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968'.

Photos by Darren Quinton

Renowned tribute band Sabbra Cadabra had provided the entertainment beforehand, belting out hit after hit from the canal island opposite the National Sea Life Centre.

Photo by Darren Quinton

After the presentation, Butler and Iommi were only too eager to say thank you to the fans who had attended, before going on an autograph spree.

Photos by Darren Quinton

Photo by Marty Reynolds

Sabbath will also get their own Birmingham Walk of Stars, with plans to also give drummer Bill Ward one, before realigning them into the shape of a cross in front of the bench. 

The unveiling coincides with a major Home Of Metal exhibition celebrating Black Sabbath and the band's legacy called "Black Sabbath 50 Years". It runs until September 29 at Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery.

Be sure to check it out!

Website: https://homeofmetal.com/ 

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27 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
News & Updates

Selected BirminghamWeAre news (June 2019)

Open the full post for the June 2019 selected news sent from BirminghamWeAre on 27.06.19.

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GreenActionWithYou – A free digital space for people who really do want to get involved and help protect the environment!

With so many people demanding action over climate change and with the growth of cities declaring their own climate emergency, a new shared digital space has been launched this month in Birmingham to facilitate greater collaboration between business, the public sector, the voluntary sector and community .... read more

Engaging people in their built environment with ‘Map & Track’  

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Passion by Passion – we’re mapping and gamifying this great City!

Imagine having in one digital space the ability to map and track all the things you would like to do, see, and visit in and around Birmingham.  Imagine being rewarded for what you take in during one visit.  Well imagine no more! We started with construction, we’re now mapping the city’s great architecture and next we’re on to arts and culture.  20 passions being mapped and tracked! Join us as a partner on our digital journey  ....Connect with us

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48 Hours in Birmingham runs again all Summer!

Last year, during the digital build of BirminghamWeAre, we ran a campaign on social media  #48hoursinBirmingham.  It was so successful with 000s of views that we are running it again through July and August.  Take a look at the contributions last year and connect with us to discuss partnering this great initiative, promoting you and your City  ....See our feature

Birmingham’s great Open Spaces and Parks – mapped , tracked and linked

There are so many people who love a park and a green open space!  But we have to look after them and spread the love across our large and diverse community.  So here’s our target! To connect and showcase every green space in and around Birmingham and take the passion for parks and open spaces to a new level through the use of digital mapping, gamification and rewards for people who care. Let’s do this together!  …. See our feature.

ItsYourBuild – a FreeTimePays Community of Passion

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By ward and by region – we will scale end engage more and more people who want to make a difference!

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People & community
26 Jun 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Peaky Blinder Birmingham

The BBC TV series Peaky Blinders has inspired a pub to be opened in Birmingham called The Peaky Blinder Pub. It opened on Dale End back in 2014, and has had several repaints outside since then. Was also a Thomas Shelby mural near St Paul's Square in the JQ. Also the owners of the Dale End pub wanted to open a Garrison Hotel in Digbeth, but don't think it's opened yet.

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The BBC TV series Peaky Blinders has since it started in 2013, inspired as pub to open in Dale End, as well as a mural in the Jewellery Quarter. 4 series have been broadcast to date, with a 5th coming sometime in 2019 (the last season was shown in 2017). The owners of The Peaky Blinder Pub were hoping to open another bar in Digbeth.

Thomas Shelby mural seen in a courtyard off St Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter during January 2017.

Thomas Shelby

The Peaky Blinder Pub opened on Dale End during 2014. Seen here during October 2014. Looked a bit red back then.

The Peaky Blinder Pub

The other side in October 2014. The pub sign of Thomas Shelby as played in the TV series by Cillian Murphy.

The Peaky Blinder Pub

By October 2016, I noticed that they had changed the art on the wall to the left. That was the year that series 3 had been on the BBC.

The Peaky Blinder Pub

In November 2016, noticed this sign walking past. "No Kids, No WiFi, No Food, Just good quality beer!"

The Peaky Blinder Pub

In January 2018, trying a black and white photo of The Peaky Blinder Pub from the bus. I think the art on the left had been repainted again.

The Peaky Blinder Pub

By April 2018, the graffiti street art had changed once more. Series 4 had long since finished by then.

The Peaky Blinder Pub

By June 2019, they were having yet another repaint of the street art at The Peaky Blinder Pub. I'm not sure it was finished as I passed it on my bus.

The Peaky Blinder Pub

Graffiti street art seen on Coventry Street in Digbeth, not far from the Bordesley Viaduct during June 2018. The owners of The Peaky Blinder Pub of Dale End, wanted to open a new bar in Digbeth called Garrison Hotel and Bar. The Irish pub O'Rourke's had been on the corner of Oxford Street and Coventry Street until the Shelby's popped round and removed them!

The Garrison

Assume this part of the mural is supposed to resemble Thomas Shelby.

The Garrison

By Order of Peaky Blinder Pub Dale End.

The Garrison

An almost full look at the mural, as cars were in the way a year ago. I'm not sure what has happened to this pub, as I've not been past there recently, and whenever I did pass it since, they didn't seem to have refurbished the pub into the Garrison Hotel and Bar. Any news on it?

The Garrison

Creator Steven Knight was inspired by the real Garrison Tavern in Bordesley. The Garrison seen here during April 2018 on the corner of Garrison Lane and Witton Street. But the pub was run down, and it may have closed down by 2012. The pub is on the no 97 bus route, and is not to far from the Blues ground (St Andrew's). The Grand Union Canal is also a short distance walk away from here.

The Garrison

A full look at the pub. The city centre in the distance, doors all boarded up. The Former Garrison Lane Junior and Infant Schools seen behind the old pub. The former Garrison Lane School consisting of junior and infant buildings, constructed in 1873 to the designs of Martin and Chamberlain.

The Garrison

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People & community
26 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Inspiration

A partnership with all community – that’s the Commonwealth Games (2022)!

With a £778 million investment to stage the Commonwealth Games confirmed by government, it’s a great result for Birmingham, the West Midlands and the community.

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The Commonwealth Games in 2022 will massively benefit Birmingham, the West Midlands and the UK with jobs created, increased tourism and many business and trade opportunities resulting.

The government has confirmed a £778 million investment to stage the Commonwealth Games.

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

“The level of investment coming into the city and the wider West Midlands as a result of our decision to successfully bid for the right to host the Commonwealth Games, is huge. The event also gives us a golden opportunity to reposition the city and region on a global stage and bring citizens together......”

Ian Reid, Chief Executive Officer for Birmingham 2022, said:

“Having our budget confirmed is a key milestone for us and we can now look forward to delivering a fantastic Games for the people of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the country......”

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said:

“The Games will open a wealth of new opportunities for people who live and work here, will contribute millions to the local economy, and provide a global stage for us to introduce a rejuvenated, refreshed West Midlands to the world......”

The Commonwealth Games will be the biggest sporting and cultural event ever held in the city, featuring thousands of world-class athletes, over a million spectators and an estimated global TV audience of 1.5 billion.

Birmingham 2022 is being delivered in unprecedented circumstances, with a significantly truncated timescale, after the hosting rights were withdrawn from Durban in March 2017 and awarded to Birmingham in December 2017.

 

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Environment & green action
25 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

GreenActionWithYou - let us promote and support your initiative!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for a healthy and clean environment.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is our environment!

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GreenActionWithYou is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

GreenActionwithYou is a digital space for people who want to make a difference of for those who want to do whatever they can to help maintain a clean and healthy environment.

At GreenActionWithYou, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the GREAT IDEAS with those who have the potential to turn an IDEA into something that really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

GreenActionWithYou

GreenActionWithYou will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for a clean and healthy environment.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts. 

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for a clean and healthy environment.

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Construction & regeneration
25 Jun 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - June 2019

Bank Tower Two is nearing external completion with most of the cladding now installed, construction update photos in this post and some from the 'Sky High Birmingham' visit to the top at the invitation of Wates Group.

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Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

Photography by Stephen Giles

 

Photography by Karl Newton

'Sky High' Birmingham visit to the top of Bank Tower Two...

 

 

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Architecture
24 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

Are you passionate about Architecture? Join Us!

ArchitectureAndUs is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Architecture and connect with people who share their passion.

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ArchitectureAndUs is all about engaging people in the promotion of architecture and the recognition that our buildings are there for us all to enjoy and appreciate.

ArchitectureAndUs is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

 

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Architecture
24 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

ArchitectureAndUs - a digital space for people to engage in great architecture!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Architecture.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is Architecture!

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ArchitectureAndUs is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

ArchitectureAndUs is a digital space for people who are passionate about architecture and want to do whatever they can to promote their passion.

At ArchitectureAndUs, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

ArchitectureAndUs

ArchitectureAndUs will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for architecture.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts. 

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for architecture.

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Sport & leisure
24 Jun 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston, Birmingham

There are 5 games at Edgbaston for the Cricket World Cup 2019 here in Birmingham. Banners have gone up in the City Centre, as well as in Edgbaston at the Cricket Ground. Was very sunny and hot when I was back in Birmingham and Edgbaston. Fans can get trains to Birmingham New Street or Moor Street and a bus down to Edgbaston (the 501 on matchdays I think). 10 photos in this gallery.

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The Cricket World Cup 2019 is being held in England & Wales from the 30th May to 14th July 2019. The 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup. It is the fifth time the tournament has been held in this country, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.

Matches at Edgbaston are on the following dates:

19th June 2019: South Africa vs New Zealand.

26th June 2019: New Zealand vs Pakistan.

30th June 2019: England vs India.

2nd July 2019: Bangladesh vs India.

11th July 2019: the 2nd semi final between Qualifier 2 and Qualifier 3.

 

First 5 photos taken in Birmingham City Centre on the 22nd June 2019.

Leaving the Bullring and heading towards Birmingham New Street Station. This banner on St Martin's Queensway. Directions for fans to the taxis, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street.

Cricket World Cup 2019

Banners on Navigation Street, including the #CWC19 hashtag.

Cricket World Cup 2019

Looking up Hill Street towards Big Brum, BM & AG and Victoria Square. Banners here include the Cricket World Cup trophy and the #CWC19 hashtag.

Cricket World Cup 2019

Most of the banners on Navigation Street near Grand Central and Birmingham New Street Station. This view from the top of Brunel Street near Suffolk Street Queensway.

Cricket World Cup 2019

Heading down Hill Street with more banners. I then went onto Station Street and caught a no 45 bus to the Pershore Road in Edgbaston. The Crown pub was covered in graffiti (it's been closed down for years).

Cricket World Cup 2019

Got off the no 45 bus on the Pershore Road. There is many banners lining this road, but is easier to see if you get off the bus. Just a matter of walking up the Edgbaston Road, checking out the Cricket Ground (opposite Cannon Hill Park).

Second bunch of 5 photos on a sunny and warm 22nd June 2019 in Edgbaston. Lets hope the remaining games has this weather, and not get rained off!

The blue Edgbaston Suite has the main ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 banners including the #CWC19 hashtag. Seen from Edgbaston Road.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Edgbaston

The new stands and the suite were built in 2011. Including the South Stand and the West Stand. On match days I think the road will be closed (I think the 1 and 1A buses maybe able to get through on those days).

Cricket World Cup 2019 Edgbaston

The Eric Hollies Stand near the River Rea. Another #CWC19 hashtag here, well two.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Edgbaston

A peak into the stands on the other side at the City End. Now called the R.E.S. Wyatt Stand. With the spire of the Church of St Mary and St Ambrose behind.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Edgbaston

The training ground up Edgbaston Road and Cannon Hill Road is now covered by these banners. Same ones along the car park on the Pershore Road as well.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Edgbaston

If you are a regular bus user, then get the 1, 1A, 35, 45, 47, 61 or 63 National Express West Midlands buses to the game. Out of town fans, I expect will probably get the 501, or coaches. It is possible to walk from the City Centre. Or get a taxi.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
24 Jun 2019 - Stephen Giles
Gallery

Exciting times at The Mercian (Moda Tower) - June 2019 update

Frenzied activity lately. The crane base has been installed behind those hoardings, and the rest of the site is extensively undergoing groundworks. Exciting times!

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Pictures by Stephen Giles

Project Overview

HEIGHT: 42 floors (132m) 
DEVELOPER: MODA Group
ARCHITECT: Glenn Howells Architects
CONTRACTOR: John Sisk and Son
USE: Residential

42 storey mixed use development, comprising of a thirty-nine storey resi building (30 studios, 163 one, 260 two & 28 three beds) constructed on top of a three-storey podium, with over 30,000 square foot of communal amenity space throughout.

Amenities will include the UK's first ever 200m running track on a habitable building, 24-hour concierge service, app controlled lifts, terraces, indoor/ outdoor cinema & dining club, offices, wellbeing zones, co-working space, gym, secure car and cycle parking & a cycle hub.

The development is being funded by a portfolio of investors, namely Apache Capital, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, NFU Mutual and Goldman Sachs

Artists impression from Glenn Howells Architects

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Construction & regeneration
24 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Gallery

'Sky High' Birmingham on Summer Solstice from the top of Bank Tower 2 - what a view!

What a stunning view of Birmingham, our People with Passion at ItsyourBuild were able to capture in some great photography taken on the longest day of the year in 2019 (June 21st).

We hope you enjoy this gallery of photos from the very talented Stephen Giles and Karl Newton.

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For posts and an amazing gallery tracking the build of Bank Towers I and II click HERE.

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History & heritage
20 Jun 2019 - Elliott Brown
Did you know?

Metchley Roman Fort between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB

I've seen many Roman ruins across France, Italy and Spain. Here in the UK there are ruins but not as easy to see. In Birmingham was a Roman Fort in the Edgbaston area. Now under the path between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB. Information signs gives you details on the site! 

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On my travels I've seen visible Roman ruins. Recently went to Tarragona in Spain and was many Roman ruins there. An Amphitheatre, Circus, Forum etc (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). I also saw Roman ruins in Barcelona under the History of Barcelona Museum. 

Last year (2018) saw a Roman Theatre, Cistern (went down a spiral staircase for that) and Acropolis (that was Etruscan) in Volterra, Italy. Went to the Roman Forum in Rome back in 2006. Was also a Roman Theatre in Vienne, France that I saw in 2017.

In the UK, I've seen Roman ruins in Dorchester, Dorset but ruins just visible above the ground. That visit in April 2012 to the Dorchester Roman Town House. More recently in Colchester, Essex was some Roman walls, and evidence of a Roman Theatre. Colchester was the 1st Roman City developed, although it's just a town now. 

Various museums around Europe have Roman artifacts / columns etc, including at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Also seen marble busts of Roman Emperors in museums. 

Here in Birmingham you don't have to travel far. Get buses to the QEHB or University Station. And between those was Metchley Roman Fort!

First 5 photos taken during February 2013. 

First up this sign about the Fort detailing the Roman street of Via Decumana. It was a significant place over 2000 years ago. 

Metchley Roman Fort

This path along the line of what was Via Decumana.  The moder path between the University and hospital intersects the line of the historic road. 

Metchley Roman Fort

On this sign about the Fort being built in AD 48. But was only occupied for 10 years. Years later converted into a Fort on a smaller scale. 

Metchley Roman Fort

Near the site of the North Gate of Metchley Roman Fort. The modern plaza had been designed to reflect Birmingham's heritage. 

Metchley Roman Fort

This sign by the site of the Eastern defences of the Fort. There was an earth bank and ditches here. 

Metchley Roman Fort

The next two photos taken in August 2015.

Over the years I keep walking between the QEHB and the University of Birmingham (or vice versa) and keep going past the Metchley Roman Fort site. This sign detailing it being one of the oldest archaeological sites in Birmingham! There was two forts on this site, but both were short lived. 

Metchley Roman Fort

Sign taken before. But without my shadow. Sometimes forget what I've taken before, especially if taking signs like this again! Various finds on the site including pots. Also details of the Bronze Age and Post Medieval period. 

Metchley Roman Fort

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

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Environment & green action
19 Jun 2019 - Karl Newton
Gallery

Moseley Park & Pool, Moseley, Birmingham

A collection of my photography taken at Moseley private park and pool. 

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60 passion points
Photography
19 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Gallery

A collection of stunning photography from across Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Here is a stunning collection of photography from across Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Open the full post to view our selection of wonderful photography from highly talented photographers  'People with REAL Passion' for Wales. 

Nothing better than people to promote their community!  Enjoy!

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Photo by Sion Esmond

 

Photo by Gareth Davies

 

Photo by Gareth Davies

 

Photo by Mandy Llewellyn

 

Photo by W J Jones

 

Photo by Mandy Llewellyn

 

Photo by Nicky Mallen

 

Photo by Jason Davies

 

Photo by Gareth Davies

 

Photo by Drew Buckley

 

Photo by Mandy Llewellyn

 

Photo by Nicky Mallen

 

Photo by Mandy Llewellyn

 

Photo by Gareth Davies

 

Photo by Sion Esmond

 

Photo by Jason Davies

 

Photo by Gareth Davies

 

Photo by Nicky Mallen

 

Photo by Mandy Llewellyn

 

Photo by Sion Esmond

 

Photo by Gareth Davies

 

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Architecture
18 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Gallery

The future's bright! Young architects and designers showcase their passion at BCU!

Amazed! That's what we felt after seeing for ourselves the work, creativity and passion of students & staff during a visit to the School of Architecture & Design (BSoAD) at Birmingham City University (BCU).

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Here's a gallery of the work on display during week long event in June 2019. Let's take you on a tour of what was on show.

Graduates and Post Graduates display their work, their talent and their creativity.

An exhibition of Landscape Architecture.

A display of collaborations and research with business by the BSoAD

Not just creative, it's inspirational! See for yourselves.

With such talent and such passion, the future of architecture and design is clearly in good hands! 

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