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ItsYourBuild - Engaging people & community in Construction & Regeneration

It is vital that the Construction industry takes a lead in the engagement of people and community. FreeTimePays is a digital space and a social media channel dedicated to the passion of construction, regeneration and architecture. It is a space where people, business and the public sector can come together, exchange ideas and together ensure that community needs and interests are being met. Let's show you just how we are helping construction invest in Community!  Take our article below. 

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ItsYourBuild - Engaging people & community in Construction & Regeneration


It is vital that the Construction industry takes a lead in the engagement of people and community. FreeTimePays is a digital space and a social media channel dedicated to the passion of construction, regeneration and architecture. It is a space where people, business and the public sector can come together, exchange ideas and together ensure that community needs and interests are being met. Let's show you just how we are helping construction invest in Community!  Take our article below. 


 

FreeTimePays has produced a unique channel for the promotion of construction and the engagement of a community who can share in the passion of regeneration and the shared enjoyment of construction for positive social impact.

 

ItsYourBuild.com is a collaborative space for projects, initiatives and ideas and promotes the delivery of positive social impact through construction and regeneration.

 

 

FreeTimePays is an on-the-go engagement solution that can be used on all devices from mobiles to laptops. All FreeTimePays functionality is now accessible via www.ItsYourBuild.com

 

 

Let us show you what we have created and explain the tools we’ve developed.  Whether you’re interested as a potential investor, you’re keen to support the engagement of a community, or you’re keen to get involved as a contributor and share your passion for construction, let us tell you more.

 

 

 

It's Your Build is a digital space devoted to creating positive social impact by engaging people (and organisations) in the shared passion of construction and regeneration.

 

At FreeTimePays, we engage with people who want to make a difference, are keen to be involved in positive social change, and want to share their passion.

 

 

At FreeTimePays, we are all about making a difference and by bringing together people who share passions we will help people make a difference for themselves, for their family and within their community.

 

 

For people who get involved, share passions and help make a difference, we are launching a form of gamification that rewards people and recognises the time they are prepared to put in to help their community. 

  

 

Construction and regeneration is one of our 20+ passions, and we have set up www.ItsYourBuild.com as the first of our websites for promoting a shared passion for construction and regeneration. Through this domain, we connect and engage with people keen to become involved in growing this Community of Passion and we will provide them with access to a range of FreeTimePays digital tools. 

  

 

It’s Your Build at www.itsyourbuild.com will develop as a global engagement channel out of an initiative created and launched in Birmingham.

 

It’s Your Build is scalable and adaptable and can grow in many directions as decided by you and your community. 

 

 

In October 2015, at the time we commenced the design and build phase of FreeTimePays, a number of twitter accounts were set up as a way of engaging with people we believed would be keen to become involved in a digital channel devoted to the promotion of construction and regeneration.

 

In just 2 years, we have built a loyal following through social media accounts such as @BirminghamWeAre, @LeedsWeAre, @CardiffweAre and, of course @FreeTimePays.  These accounts have a combined following approaching 100K and deliver over 1M impressions every month. 

 

 

It’s Your Build is powered by FreeTimePays digital technology.

 

 

FreeTimePays is a unique social media channel and collaborative environment and is the result of 18 months design & build.

 

FreeTimePays satisfies the demand of social media users for a space that provides a variety of functions that, up until now, has only been possible by combining different social media channels.

 

 

Community Passport gives people their own personalised space where they can demonstrate their passion, engage in activities and collect points for sharing passions.

 

 

Community Workspace is a secure access rights environment where people can work on their  projects (alone or with others) and make a positive impact within their community.

 

 

Community Matchmaker exists so that champions of great ideas can take their idea and their passion to the next level. They can share and collaborate with other people on their great ideas and they can consider and access alternative funding channels.

 

 

People, communities and stakeholders can choose to interact with the FreeTimePays platform and make use of the digital space in many different ways and access rights are completely flexible according to need. 

 

 

People, communities and stakeholders can choose to interact with the FreeTimePays platform and make use of the digital space in many different ways.  They can build resource, run their own projects within their own workspace and create posts for public viewing by people who share their passion.

Content can take many forms and then be submitted and posted for publication on It's Your Build. This is completely in the control of the poster and is only published once approved. 

 

 

Gamification is a key feature of the FreeTimePays digital space and the deployment of passion points is flexible and adaptable. .

 

 

This is only the start of our journey. The digital journey we have mapped out embraces all that’s new and engaging. Come on the journey with us, help us grow communities of influence, create real and positive impact and generate the return and reward from being involved with ItsYourBuild.com.

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
25 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

One Chamberlain Square is getting close to being fully clad with windows, but the dark look of the building will start to lighten as more of the vertical dividers are installed. Click 'View Article' to see the recent gallery and a photo of the cladding test rig.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


One Chamberlain Square is getting close to being fully clad with windows, but the dark look of the building will start to lighten as more of the vertical dividers are installed. Click 'View Article' to see the recent gallery and a photo of the cladding test rig.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Beautiful Light at Dusk over the Westside City Skyline

This was a beautiful moment just before sunset looking out from the city centre over the Westside cluster and Brindleyplace towards Edgbaston. The construction of Bank Tower Two at the Wates Group Left Bank development now dominates the scene.

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Construction & regeneration
22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

New Growth in the City

Here's a photo juxtaposing budding twigs and branches with the oddly positioned construction cranes in the distance at the Paradise Birmingham development, Birmingham is a city in growth and cranes are often iconic of regeneration.

I've started a photography feature on crane and heavy plant photography and would welcome contributions from other enthusiast photographers.

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22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane Photography

There has been a large update to this photography feature, click 'View Article' to see a selection of the additions. Contact us if you would like to become a contributor to this or any other of our photography features, you can also suggest a new one!

Click the link below to go straight to this photography feature gallery.

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Crane Photography


There has been a large update to this photography feature, click 'View Article' to see a selection of the additions. Contact us if you would like to become a contributor to this or any other of our photography features, you can also suggest a new one!

Click the link below to go straight to this photography feature gallery.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more in the feature gallery here: Crane & Plant Photography Feature

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22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Trees Are Budding in 'Boomingham'

I like to look for interesting juxtapositions that work visually but have a little extra. Here I saw the nest and then the core for Bank Tower Two and immediately recognised it as an opportunity to capture something that spoke of 'new growth', which is what Birmingham is experiencing recently. Canon 60D, 70-300mm zoom lens at 130mm, F4.5, 1/500th second exposure, ISO 100.

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21 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Using Different Lenses in Photography

Here are three photos taken with three different lenses of the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street as part of the Left Bank development. Click 'View Article' to see the photos, descriptions and tips.

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Using Different Lenses in Photography


Here are three photos taken with three different lenses of the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street as part of the Left Bank development. Click 'View Article' to see the photos, descriptions and tips.


These were taken just before sunset, using a Canon 60D hand held with ISO 400 film speed.

18-55mm zoom lens at 18mm, 1/125th second exposure, F/8

This is the widest end of the lens and does produce a little distortion.

 

28-80mm zoom lens at 80mm, 1/200th second exposure, F/8

I always like to fire off several captures because I find that a tiny camera shake can defocus the image and I can never tell properly till I see it on my laptop.

 

70-300mm zoom lens at 228mm, 1/1000th second exposure, F/5.6.

I definitely needed to fire off a few to make sure that I got this sharp (it's pin sharp on the 18mpx master too). The lens produces a sever magenta flare in the shadows adjacent to super reflective edges, most consumer lens have this effect due to the minute tint in the lens glass and can often be red to even green. I removed most of it in Photoshop Elements by reducing the saturation on only the magenta channel and if did not really effect the rest of the photo. It can still be seen but is much better.

Photography by Daniel Sturley 

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20 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Cranes Across the City

People are starting to talk about 'Boomingham', and this becomes obvious with the shear number of cranes across the city centre. Here a panoramic photo by Daniel Sturley.

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19 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Three Snowhill

There has been more progress at Three Snowhill with the main structure nearing completion and many more windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

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The Construction of Three Snowhill


There has been more progress at Three Snowhill with the main structure nearing completion and many more windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has gone up to the 31st floor, nearly there! There has been more progress on the main structure with some exterior framing and insulation panels installed on the lower floors. Click 'View Article' to see the gallery of photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The core for Bank Tower Two has gone up to the 31st floor, nearly there! There has been more progress on the main structure with some exterior framing and insulation panels installed on the lower floors. Click 'View Article' to see the gallery of photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

More windows have been installed and the roof structure continues on One Chamberlain Square. The building looks very dark at present but will have a much lighter look when the vertical window dividers are added. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


More windows have been installed and the roof structure continues on One Chamberlain Square. The building looks very dark at present but will have a much lighter look when the vertical window dividers are added. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Bank Tower One at Left Bank

The now complete Bank Tower One  at the Left Bank development blends into the existing cluster at the west end of Brindleyplace in this photo by Daniel.

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Art, culture & creativity
13 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

A quite amazing talent! - Introducing Imran Ali Bashir

Give this guy a camera, show him a building and be amazed by the creative result!  Imran is such a huge talent and yes he's from Birmingham, a city overflowing with creative inspiration!

 

Take the article to view a selection of Imran's great work.

 

Take the project link to see even more and make sure to come back to see this amazing gallery of photography as it grows. 

 

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A quite amazing talent! - Introducing Imran Ali Bashir


Give this guy a camera, show him a building and be amazed by the creative result!  Imran is such a huge talent and yes he's from Birmingham, a city overflowing with creative inspiration!

 

Take the article to view a selection of Imran's great work.

 

Take the project link to see even more and make sure to come back to see this amazing gallery of photography as it grows. 

 


The Cube, Birmingham.

 

'Windows and Doors', Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

 

Bullring, Birmingham.

 

Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

 

'Blue on Blu', Radisson Blu, Birmingham.

 

Bullring & Grand Central, Birmingham.

 

For more of Imran's stunning and creative photography, connect here

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08 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The main structure is continuing with safety cladding added as it rises to the 12th floor. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The main structure is continuing with safety cladding added as it rises to the 12th floor. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

The construction of One Chamberlain Square has restarted with more windows installed and the roof structure continuing. Click 'View Article' to see a few more photos from the build.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


The construction of One Chamberlain Square has restarted with more windows installed and the roof structure continuing. Click 'View Article' to see a few more photos from the build.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
07 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane Installation at Paradise Birmingham

With construction restarting at Paradise Birmingham a new crane is being installed.

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Construction & regeneration
04 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham pioneers Construction and Community digital engagement

A Birmingham led 'Community of Passion' delivered using FreeTimePays digital technology provides a social media channel and on-line space for Construction and Community to connect, engage and share in the huge rewards that result from major inner-city construction projects.

 

Birmingham takes the lead on this new digital initiative.

 

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Birmingham pioneers Construction and Community digital engagement


A Birmingham led 'Community of Passion' delivered using FreeTimePays digital technology provides a social media channel and on-line space for Construction and Community to connect, engage and share in the huge rewards that result from major inner-city construction projects.

 

Birmingham takes the lead on this new digital initiative.

 

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FreeTimePays has produced a unique channel for the promotion of construction and the engagement of a community that can share in the passion of regeneration and the shared enjoyment of construction for positive social impact.

 

 

ItsYourBuild is a collaborative space for projects, initiatives and ideas and promotes the delivery of positive social impact through construction and regeneration.

 

BirminghamWeAre is the first of the FreeTimePays communities to make this available and ensure that the people of Birmingham are engaged and involved as the City grows and develops with the construction and property industry playing a lead role. 

 

FreeTimePays is an on-the-go engagement channel that can be accessed and used on all devices from mobiles to laptops. 

 

Take a tour of ItsyourBuild here.

 

 

ItsYourBuild is a digital space devoted to creating positive social impact by engaging people (and organisations) in the shared passion of construction and regeneration.

 

At FreeTimePays, we engage with people who want to make a difference, are keen to be involved in positive social change, and want to share their passion.

 

In October 2015, at the time we commenced the design and build phase of FreeTimePays, a number of social media accounts were set up using twitter in order to connect with people we believed would be keen to become involved in a digital channel devoted to the promotion of construction and regeneration.

 

 

In just 2 years, we have built a loyal following through numerous social media accounts. These accounts now have a combined following of over 100,000 people and together they deliver well over 1M impressions every month. 

 

FreeTimePays is a unique social media channel and collaborative environment and is the result of 18 months design & build.

 

FreeTimePays satisfies the demand of social media users for a space that provides a variety of functions that, up until now, has only been possible by combining different social media channels.

 

 

Community Passport gives people their own personalised space where they can demonstrate their passion, engage in activities and collect points for sharing passions.

 

Community Workspace is a secure access rights environment where people can work on their  projects (alone or with others) and make a positive impact within their community.

 

Community Matchmaker exists so that champions of great ideas can take their idea and their passion to the next level. They can share and collaborate with other people on their great ideas and they can consider and access alternative funding channels.

 

For more about FreeTimePays, connect here.

 

 

Whatever your involvement and interest in construction, regeneration or architecture, if you're passionate to see Communities connected and engaged, then you simply must experience this quite unique platform.

 

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Construction & regeneration
29 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has been stalled at the 29th floor because of high winds but the main structure is progressing fast. Click 'View Article' to see some recent photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The core for Bank Tower Two has been stalled at the 29th floor because of high winds but the main structure is progressing fast. Click 'View Article' to see some recent photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has stalled at the 29th floor due to high winds and adverse weather but the main structure is continuing, now up to the 10th floor. Click 'View Article' to see the rest of the photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The core for Bank Tower Two has stalled at the 29th floor due to high winds and adverse weather but the main structure is continuing, now up to the 10th floor. Click 'View Article' to see the rest of the photos.


 

The core is now visible from Central Square in Brindkeyplace.

 

 

 

 

From the Library of Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Architecture
15 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Great modern architecture in Birmingham - featuring the city's Library of Birmingham

The second of our posts for our hugely popular Birmingham 100+ project promoting the wonderful modern architecture in the City takes a look at the Library of Birmingham.

 

All of the amazing photos displayed here have been taken by Daniel Sturley, one of Birmingham We Are's growing 'People with Passion'.

 

Send us your photos and why not contribute to other features of great modern architecture.

 

Take the article for more on the Library of Birmingham. 

 

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Great modern architecture in Birmingham - featuring the city's Library of Birmingham


The second of our posts for our hugely popular Birmingham 100+ project promoting the wonderful modern architecture in the City takes a look at the Library of Birmingham.

 

All of the amazing photos displayed here have been taken by Daniel Sturley, one of Birmingham We Are's growing 'People with Passion'.

 

Send us your photos and why not contribute to other features of great modern architecture.

 

Take the article for more on the Library of Birmingham. 

 


What is now the 'not so longer' new Library of Birmingham opened to the public in September 2013. The library is estimated to have cost £188.8 million and is considered a flagship project for the city's redevelopment.

 

The design team was led by Mecanoo, a Netherlands-based architectural practice and the build was led by Carillion. The building has been recognised for both its innovative design and for its positive social impact and has won a number of awards.

 

It is one of the most photographed of modern builds in the City.  All the photography displayed here is by Birmingham's very own Daniel Sturley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane at Three Snowhill

A few new photos have been added to the crane and plant photography project, click 'View Project Details' to see the others.

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Construction & regeneration
11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Three Snowhill

As spring tries really hard to break out the construction of Three Snowhill continues with more steel structure and a lot more cladding, the shape is really starting show as well as it's shear mass. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of photos from this weekend.

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The Construction of Three Snowhill


As spring tries really hard to break out the construction of Three Snowhill continues with more steel structure and a lot more cladding, the shape is really starting show as well as it's shear mass. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of photos from this weekend.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Demolition at Paradise Birmingham

The Library behind a pile of rubble from the recent demolition of the Birmingham City University's Conservatoire. More photos soon from the continuing demolition at the Paradise Birmingham redevelopment.

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Construction & regeneration
04 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

A freezing and foggy day in the aftermath of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma was the backdrop for this construction update of Bank Tower Two at the Left Bank development on Broad Street in Birmingham. The photos still help to give an impression of the looming bulk of the tower as it rises to the eighth floor with the core at 30. Click 'View Article' to see the rest of the photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


A freezing and foggy day in the aftermath of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma was the backdrop for this construction update of Bank Tower Two at the Left Bank development on Broad Street in Birmingham. The photos still help to give an impression of the looming bulk of the tower as it rises to the eighth floor with the core at 30. Click 'View Article' to see the rest of the photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Feb 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Bank Tower Two continues to rise, here is a gallery of photos from the weekend, including a few taken from a distance showing the effect it is having on the skyline. Click 'View Article' to see the rest.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


Bank Tower Two continues to rise, here is a gallery of photos from the weekend, including a few taken from a distance showing the effect it is having on the skyline. Click 'View Article' to see the rest.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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