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ItsyourBuild/Birmingham is a community devoted to social value, creating a space where community and business can together make a positive social impact.

Launch date: June 2019
Combined FreeTimePays following: 101K


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Introducing 'Map and Track' from It's Your Build

‘We’re all about connecting People and Community with Place, Construction and great Architecture for maximum Social Impact’

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‘We’re all about connecting People and Community with Place, Construction and great Architecture for maximum Social Impact’

Take the post for details on 'Map and Track'.


“Map & Track” is a community engagement package run on several on-line communities powered by digital tech specialists, FreeTimePays. 

This is all part of a digital drive to connect more communities with their built environment and connect more developers, construction companies and architects with people who live and work in the places where they are building.

Social impact and the way the industry and its members can demonstrate the social value to the community resulting from the build is shaping many decisions today. “Map and Track” is all about building community connections that drive social value and create even greater social impact for the benefit of all.

Why Birmingham? Why the built environment?

Birmingham is a City undergoing huge change.  People want to know what’s up, what’s going up and what’s in the stage of being planned. 

There is an increasing number of people in Birmingham who enjoy modern architecture and love to follow the builds as they take shape. These are all people who, through their passion, enthusiasm and interest, can play an important role in shaping the future for the industry and encourage others to get involved.

Birmingham was an obvious place to launch our first digital space for connecting community with construction and construction with community.

“Map & Track” gives developers, architects and construction companies an effective way to engage and connect with people with shared values and it gives community an effective way of getting involved.

Over 100,000 people now follow a FreeTimePays community and our built environment sites and associated maps are now regular visited by people as a source of information, ideas and even inspiration. That’s just for Birmingham!

Starting with Birmingham, we have set up multiple accounts on traditional social media channels and this drives our huge and growing following.  For example, visit the largest twitter account of its type at https://twitter.com/BirminghamWeAre and our new dedicated account for builds at https://twitter.com/BuildsWeAre

We are currently rolling out a number of dedicated domains powered by FreeTimePays digital technology on which will sit our ‘Map and Track’ application.

www.ItsyourBuild.com

covering the built environment as a passion.

www.BirminghamWeAre.com

covering the built environment as one of over 20 passions.

www.ArchitectureAndUs.com

early in design but will feature builds of architectural value to Birmingham.

All of the above are featuring projects that use “Map and Track”.

Costs

“Map & Track” will ensure that information about your company, your property and your values (as well as links to contacts and websites) reaches more people and helps attract and grow a large following for you and your builds.

Costs start at £500 per annum per property featured (discounted for multiple properties) and your brand will appear prominently with every property featured.

Step by step, this is how it works!

Step 1

JOIN our community as an individual and/or organisation.

First, we’ll get you and your organisation listed at ItsYourBuild and other communities as appropriate.

Register HERE.

Step 2

We’ll SET UP your build(s) and project(s) for all followers to see.

This could be a new build, an existing property, an example of great architecture, or a feature you’d like to run with community contributors such as a photography tour, a ‘did you know’ series, a topic for a survey or a debate.

Select your interest and tell us more HERE

If it’s a new build, then our team may already be featuring it at Itsyourbuild and we can move forward several steps, attach your branding and engage our followers in the build.

Step 3

MAP the project.

If the project relates to a new or existing build where the application process has been followed, then it should already be included on the Birmingham development map we share with our partners Greater Birmingham Developments. If not, it will now be added.

We will now create a site view with a link to take viewers and followers to your property on the map.

Step 4

Add your BRAND.

In partnership with yourselves, we will now ensure your brand is attached to the project. These images, such as the company logo, will subsequently appear on all posts and all material that you sign off prior to it being published.

Add the brands and images you want to see here and promote the project partnership, collaboration and any community links.

Step 5

We’ll create the first POST with links to your PROJECT.

The first introductory post will tell viewers about the project. We’ll do all the work and we will inform you at all stages.

If the project is to tell people about a build, then we would suggest this includes all content that will help promote the build and the organisations involved, the developer, the architect and the contractor. Let’s include those great artist’s impressions as well.

Step 6

Publish through all appropriate channels.

You’ll be given complete digital access to all content via the FreeTimePays unique Community Workspace, so you can be involved as much or as little as you wish in the creation of posts.

Once you’re happy, we’ll publish and link the post and article to all social media and direct message accounts for maximum exposure.

We’re now up and running and connected to community!

From here, we can discuss your on-going needs and support your community engagement in whatever way you require. 

All for £500 per annum, we’ll add and create ...

Photos, videos, etc building a huge bank of useful and informative content.

Images and build your gallery with the support of our contributors.

Web and URL links to content of your choice.

Multiple posts to drive social media coverage.

Regular content for inclusion in our e-news.

We can also discuss with you ...

Inviting our community contributors to actively participate.

Opening up photo opportunities and visits for creative contributors to attend.

Engaging our community in surveys, polls and discussions.

There is so much we can offer and so many ways we can engage community.

 

For further details and discuss your requirements:

Jonathan Bostock, ItsyourBuild co-ordinator for FreeTimePays

e: jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com

t: 0121 410 5520

m: 07432 637322

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‘We’re all about connecting People and Community with Place, Construction and great Architecture for maximum Social Impact’

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The Construction of the Mercian - September 2019

The lower level columns have been started for the base of the building which will fill the whole site up to several floors and the concrete core for the tower is now well on the way.

Photo by Stephen Giles

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The Construction of the Mercian - September 2019





The lower level columns have been started for the base of the building which will fill the whole site up to several floors and the concrete core for the tower is now well on the way.

Photo by Stephen Giles


The gap in the skyline where the tower will rise and it will be considerably taller than Bank Tower Two.

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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10 Sep 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of The Mercian, Broad Street - September 2019

There has been lots of work on the building with some of the columns for the lower section started and the main concrete core has had more progress in preparation to start rising.

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The Construction of The Mercian, Broad Street - September 2019





There has been lots of work on the building with some of the columns for the lower section started and the main concrete core has had more progress in preparation to start rising.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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10 Sep 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham photography from Daniel - his favourite July and August photos - enjoy!

Take the full post for a wonderful collection of photography taken across Birmingham during July and August 2019.

Above photo: Birmingham, Towers in Hodge Hill from Fort Dunlop - July 2019

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Birmingham photography from Daniel - his favourite July and August photos - enjoy!





Take the full post for a wonderful collection of photography taken across Birmingham during July and August 2019.

Above photo: Birmingham, Towers in Hodge Hill from Fort Dunlop - July 2019


Birmingham, the City from Fort Dunlop - July 2019

On the Roof of Fort Dunlop - July 2019

The 'Birmingham Family' - Sculpture in Centenary Square - July 2019

The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - July 2019

The Construction of Bank Tower Two, Birmingham - July 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - July 2019

The Hyatt Regency Hotel reflected in Centenary Square, Birmingham - July 2019

Cranes at the Construction of the Mercian in Birmingham - August 2019

The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham - August 2019

'Sky High Birmingham' from the Hyatt Regency Hotel - August 2019

'Sky High Birmingham' from the Hyatt Regency Hotel - August 2019

The Full Moon over Arena Central, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of Bank Tower Two, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC), Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - Interiors - August 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - Interiors - August 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - Interiors - August 2019

The Construction of Bank Tower Two, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

Crane at the Paradise Development, Birmingham - August 2019

Dandara at Arena Central, Birmingham - September 2019

The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC), Birmingham - September 2019

Arena Central, Birmingham - September 2019

Arena Central - September 2019

All photography by Daniel Sturley - View more of Daniel's photography HERE.

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06 Sep 2019 - Stephen Giles
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Dramatic changes planned for Westside Birmingham with the arrival of the Broad Street Cluster

We're calling it the Broad Street Cluster - a group of high builds in various stages of development in the Westside district of Birmingham.  Here's a wonderful article from Stephen which looks at the past, present and future of the big builds in Birmingham's Westside.

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Dramatic changes planned for Westside Birmingham with the arrival of the Broad Street Cluster





We're calling it the Broad Street Cluster - a group of high builds in various stages of development in the Westside district of Birmingham.  Here's a wonderful article from Stephen which looks at the past, present and future of the big builds in Birmingham's Westside.


Broad Street is quickly turning into a corridor of huge builds, or at least, it soon will be.

Set on the edges of the city ridge, a cluster is emerging, with two of the city’s tallest residential apartment blocks on the street now complete or near near completion.

Image by Reiss Gordon Henry/ Greater Birmingham Developments

The 'Golden Mile' has long been earmarked for loftier ambitions, as per the Big City Plan & High Rises masterplan documents, with Planning chiefs actively encouraging the need for more tall buildings in prominent locations along the ridge.

More are coming too, with 2019 turning out to be a bumper year for Broad Street, with several ground-breaking proposals in recent months.

THE BIG CITY PLAN

“A city should bustle. It should be full of people, of movement, of functions and activities. Providing greater opportunities for people to live and stay in the city centre will be central to a successful area and delivering greater sustainability.

The location of tall buildings needs to be handled carefully, respecting the surrounding environment and the topography. The quality of design must reflect and justify their dominant position in the built environment.

They will need to ensure they integrate into and are compatible with their surroundings; enhance skylines, views and settings; protect and preserve areas of special character and interest including principal views across the city and historic skyline; assist in the legibility of the city and contribute strongly to a sense of place and promote the highest design quality.

It will be important that such buildings have a good relationship with the street, movement patterns and transport facilities, creating high quality public space at the same time. They will need ‘breathing space’, and the creation of a publicly accessible plaza, or extension of existing public realm will be required.”

– The Big City Plan, 2010, Birmingham City Council

WE ALMOST GOT THIS

Back in 2005, Broad Street Tower burst onto the scene, with Richardson and Cordwell proposing a 41 storey (134m) skyscraper. It was to feature a 150-room hotel, and contain around 350 apartments.

Artist Impressions from Level Seven Architects

Over the road, Regal Property Group planned a 200.5m, 56 storey tower. This would have made it, at the time at least, the second largest building outside of London.

The mixed use development would have stood at 56 storeys, included a 289 bed hotel with 256 serviced apartments, 3 floors of penthouses set within the ‘Crown' and a parade of boutique shops on the ground floor.

Artist Impressions by Aedas Architects

These buildings never materialised, for one reason or another.

PRESENT DAY BROAD STREET

Prior planning permission was given from Birmingham City Council Planning for those sites above, thus establishing a planning precedent for tall buildings in this location.

It doesn't come as a surprise that those two plots are being developed on today.

BANK TOWER I & II

Regal Property Group came back with new plans in 2014 - for two builds of 31 and 22 storeys, providing a total of 540 apartments across both developments, with facilities including 24-hour concierge, private gyms, lounges and a coffee bar, with ample bicycle storage, as well as a restaurant and shops.

Building Two has since been bumped up by two storeys, to 33, and now features a crown feature lit up by LED lighting.

This is scheduled for completion in November, and is already a prominent addition to the skyline, as seen below.

These buildings have now set the precedent for the future of Broad Street.

Images by Daniel Sturley

212 Broad Street aka 'The Mercian'

MODA have since turned up the heat in the Broad Street building stakes with this 42-storey development, with amenities aplenty.

The building is very much underway, with the lift shafts, refuse chute, goods lift and stairwell now peaking above the hoardings at ground level. The core will rise in the coming weeks ahead. 

The building has been designed by Birmingham's own Glenn Howells Architects.

This healthy lifestyle branded development will come with a 14 storey shoulder and a 3 storey podium, containing 481 residential apartments, with over 30,000 sqft of communal amenity space, including wellness centres and a 200m running track - a U.K.. first on a habitable building.

We can't wait to see this rise!

Artist impressions from Glenn Howells Architects

PROPOSED BUILDINGS

     211 Broad Street

A new 36-storey glass tower is set join the highrise club after plans were revealed recently.

Taylor Grange Developments plan to construct a £58 million ‘superslender’ block of 264 serviced apartments with hotel facilities.

The building will be an incredible 9.5m in width and has been designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects, with Court Collaboration as development manager.

The project will see 33 storeys of serviced apartments with three floors of podium space intended for retail, food and drink outlets, along with a residents' lounge and gym.

The development is expected to be operated by an international hotel brand which will bring a brand new presence to the Birmingham market.

A crown will also sit prominently at the top, with provision for external lighting highly likely.

With the Midland Metro Tram set to commence works along the route, there will be no car parking spaces. Cycle parking will be provided instead.

Artist impressions from Glancy Nicholls Architects

100 Broad Street

Out of the blue! At 61-storeys (193m), this is Birmingham's biggest yet.

I don't know who was more surprised by this development - those in the industry or those outside!

A full planning application was submitted by Euro Property Investments, the Birmingham-based company with a huge portfolio of glamorous projects within the UAE.

The building has once again been designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects.

100 Broad Street will see the demolition of the existing building on site and replaced with 503 apartments with commercial/ retail uses.

It will also incorporate a two-storey pavilion containing residents' amenities within a landscaped courtyard.

Amenity space includes a gym, work space areas, games room, cinema and a lounge with roof terrace.

For non-residents, a public sky lounge on the 58th to the 60th will feature a bar & a restaurant, both public and private.

No parking provision is provided, given the sustainable location & with the Midland Metro tram due to whiz passed in the near future.

250 cycle spaces are again provided.

Artist impressions from Glancy Nicholls Architects

Planning Officers at the City Council support this development, and have raised no objection in pre-application talks for a significant tower of this size.

And what about further ahead, Here's one to keep a close eye on!

ONES TO LOOK OUT FOR 

Motto by Hilton

A move to Birmingham hasn't been made public yet, but there are rumours it's on the cards.

'Motto' is Hilton's newest affordable lifestyle brand that aims to empower guests by giving them the freedom to create their own experiences in the world’s most sought-after cities - with Birmingham firmly on that list.

Broad Street is no stranger to hotels of course, but they're coming thick and fast.

With NYX Hotel (Jury's Inn's new concept hotel on Berkley Street) approved earlier this year, it's going to be fascinating to see these rise.

It will be nestled alongside Hampton by Hilton. Certainly one to keep an eye out for.

  224 Broad Street, Lee Longlands site

An outline planning application for this site arrived in 2011 from Lee Longlands themselves. They teamed up with Glenn Howells to bring this. 

Artists Impression by Glenn Howells Architects

The approved application never materialised past the 'outline' stage of planning.

Lee Longlands - the applicant on the application -  aren't renowned property developers, so that came as no surprise.

With consent given back in 2011 for development, it's paved the way for a developer to purchase the site.

Redevelopment looks to be a foregone conclusion that not only gives Lee Longlands, at least, a brand new store to compete with their rivals, but it also allows them to secure a better return ££-wise from what is one of their best assets - the land on which they sit, in an area going through vast change.

Something big will materialise very soon, which we hope will incorporate the sites art-deco frontage. Very exciting one to watch regardless.

Brasshouse

With operations having now moved to the Library of Birmingham, The Brasshouse is suddenly vacant.

Plans are afoot, with talk and sketches showing a sizeable development here, akin to the Bank developments.

Given the footprint of the site, one would hope if something materialises soon, that the historic Brasshouse would be incorporated into any forthcoming scheme. 

The Square

This is officially on the market, with a deadline for bidders now at an end.

The site currently comprises 55,115 sqft of occupied offices, with tenants all on short-term leases.

Birmingham City Council approved the development of 98 apartments through permitted development rights on the site, however those within the industry and close to the project anticipate a much, much larger scheme, with potentially more than 500 apartments coming forward.

See itsyourbuild construction map HERE.

The Square will sit next to 100 Broad Street.

Another biggie in the offing here? Something of significant scale will likely surface here. 

Exciting times ahead for Broad Street. Watch this space!

In the next Broad Street cluster update, we'll look more closely at 211 Broad Street

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