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08 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Boulton, Watt & Murdoch and the construction of the Library of Birmingham

Between 2011 and 2013 the three famous trio on Broad Street, Boulton, Watt & Murdoch observed as the Library of Birmingham was built. They saw it from their then position outside of the House of Sport (the ex Register Office). Using James Watt's secret steam powered time machine they kept popping back until the Library was complete.

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Boulton, Watt & Murdoch and the construction of the Library of Birmingham





Between 2011 and 2013 the three famous trio on Broad Street, Boulton, Watt & Murdoch observed as the Library of Birmingham was built. They saw it from their then position outside of the House of Sport (the ex Register Office). Using James Watt's secret steam powered time machine they kept popping back until the Library was complete.


The Library of Birmingham was built in Centenary Square between January 2010 and September 2013. The architect was Francine Houben of Mecanoo architecten. The main contractors was Carillion and Capita Symonds (Project Managers). It opened to the public on the 3rd September 2013.

Going back in time, we will see the Library of Birmingham as it was being built and as it was being observed by Boulton Watt and Murdoch.

 

Boulton, Watt & Murdoch's view on the 19th March 2011. The pair of cores as the library started to go up.

By the 2nd August 2011, Boulton, Watt & Murdoch could see that the library was almost at full height, but missing the floor that would hold the Shakespeare Memorial Room.

On the 15th October 2011 the cladding started to go up as observed by the golden trio. The circular shapes at this point reached up to just below what would become the Discovery Terrace. The future home of the Shakespeare Memorial Room was beginning to form.

By the 18th February 2012 the golden cladding covered all of the library (apart from the top floor). And the circular shapes based on the trades in the Jewellery Quarter were continuing to go up. Boulton, Watt & Murdoch were fascinated by this.

On the 22nd May 2012, the Library of Birmingham looked almost finished. Was some golden panels missing from the Level 9 cylinder (now home of the Shakespeare Memorial Room and the Skyline Viewpoint). Boulton, Watt & Murdoch were gold and shiny that day.

On the 31st August 2013 and the Library was complete. 3 days open it would open to the public. Boulton, Watt & Murdoch were impressed by what they saw, if a bit too futuristic by their standards. The golden trio would remain in this spot until they were removed to storage 4 years later on the 23rd August 2017.

While the new Centenary Square was developed from 2017 to 2019, Boulton, Watt & Murdoch have not yet returned. There is a spot saved outside of the Symphony Hall foyer refurbishment. They could return later in 2020 (but this could be delayed by the current lockdown / pandemic we find ourselves in). I'm not sure if they will be facing the Library or facing the tram line. Either way, they will have lost the view they had until 2017.

 

On the 12th January 2020 a view of the Library of Birmingham from approximately where the Boulton, Watt & Murdoch statue used to be. Library Tram Stop had opened in mid December 2019. This was the last day of Ice Skate Birmingham, so before the Star Flyer and Birmingham Big Wheel were dismantled. West Midlands Metro tram 34 with the temporary Christmas reindeer name of Blitzen was waiting at the tram stop.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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06 Apr 2020 - Stephen Giles
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THROWBACK: Construction of Three Snow Hill (2016-2020)

Three Snowhill is the largest (420,000 sqft) and most prestigious commercial development outside of London. We've followed construction every step of the way, dating back from 2016, to building completion. Enjoy these throwback pictures!

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THROWBACK: Construction of Three Snow Hill (2016-2020)





Three Snowhill is the largest (420,000 sqft) and most prestigious commercial development outside of London. We've followed construction every step of the way, dating back from 2016, to building completion. Enjoy these throwback pictures!


Having already completed Snowhill 1 & 2, Three Snowhill was the third and final phase of the Snowhill estate from Irish developer, Ballymore.

The development, funded by M&G Real Estate, and built by BAM Construction, kicked off in late 2016, and when fit-out completes in May 2020, the building will soon house approximately 4,000 workers.

BT have already secured a 283,000 square foot pre-let to be based here.

Enjoy the throwback!

MAY 2016 onwards:

Metrogogo

2017

2018

2019

2020

What a superb development! Pictures & words by Stephen Giles

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06 Apr 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Hilton Birmingham Metropole & Stride Treglown reveal new NEC Hotel plans

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Hilton Birmingham Metropole & Stride Treglown reveal new NEC Hotel plans






HENDERSON Park and Stride Treglown last week revealed plans for a new Hampton by Hilton hotel and multi-storey car park at the NEC in Solihull.

The new hotel (7/8 storeys) & MSCP (5 storeys) will be situated within car park 3 and 4 of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole (HBM), on Pendigo Way.

Property investor Henderson Park acquired the 790-room, HBM, from London-based The Tonstate Group back in 2017, along with Hilton London, for approximately £500 million. The deal was the investment firm’s first move into the UK hotel market. 

With the NEC and surrounding areas central to future investment plans, which includes HS2, Birmingham Interchange, International Station, the NEC Masterplan, UK Central, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Henderson Park have deemed this the perfect time to expand.

The hotel will deliver 191 standard bedrooms; 12 of which will be accessible rooms. A fitness room, lounge and dining facilities will be facilitated within the new development, as part of a central hub space.

A reception, dining area and back of house areas will be located on the ground floor, with the fitness room located on the sixth floor.

THE DEVELOPMENT

These renderings from Stride Treglown, the architect of record, shows a bold yet simple design. The hotel has been designed to suit the Hampton by Hilton brand. 

The positioning of the building reflects the sites location within the curtilage of HBM, its proximity to Perimeter Road and the pedestrian pathways that connect the NEC buildings to the car parks

The main hotel is separated into three distinct elements; the central body, rear wings and a podium at ground floor level which wraps the main entrance to the public areas.

The extensive use of glazing on the ground floor podium frames the hotel’s main entrance and public areas, providing visibility and active views through the building to the pedestrian footpath that circles the site and the pedestrian route to the NEC.

The central block is partly hidden by the horizontal bookended wings, with chamfered deep window recesses that will allow for this building to be completed by off-site construction methods.

LANDSCAPE

The arrival space has also been designed by Stride Treglown, which aims to provide a seamless connection to the existing Metropole hotel, HBM, MSCP, and beyond.

Clear and direct access, plus wayfinding through the site to the NEC has been thoroughly thought of.

The entrance plaza converges all routes and movements in and out of the site, with colour surfaces implemented to clearly separate car park from pedestrian route. Taxi drop offs will be provided to the front of the hotel with shared block surfaces for pedestrians and hoteliers alike.

New trees will be planted within the entrance plaza; adding visual interest and unquestionably enhancing the surrounding context.

There will be cycle storage too, with approximately 20 secure cycles directly available to the north of the MSCP.

THE MSCP

USE: 440 Standard & 12 accessible = 452 Total Spaces.

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PROJECT TEAM

CLIENT: Henderson Park Capital
ARCHITECTS (& Landscaping): Stride Treglown
PROJECT MANAGER/ QUANTITY SURVEYOR: John Rowan & Partners
M&E CONSULTANT: Silcock Dawson & Partners
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Peter Dann

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Words by Stephen Giles. Artists impressions from Stride Treglown.

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15 Mar 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham, Cranes Across the City - March Update

Here's the latest crane photography gallery covering February and early March.

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Birmingham, Cranes Across the City - March Update





Here's the latest crane photography gallery covering February and early March.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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13 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - March 2020

The silver cladding panels on Three Arena Central (HMRC) are now on show. These have started to be fitted from the top of the building.

Workers are now in the process of installing them before peeling off their protective covers to reveal their final look. One to keep an eye on.

 

 

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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - March 2020





The silver cladding panels on Three Arena Central (HMRC) are now on show. These have started to be fitted from the top of the building.

Workers are now in the process of installing them before peeling off their protective covers to reveal their final look. One to keep an eye on.

 

 


Peeling off their protective skins to reveal shimmering, silver cladding.

Photos by Stephen Giles

8th March

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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