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02 Jul 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham, Chamberlain Square is Close to Re-Opening

It looks as if Chamberlain Square in the very heart of the city is soon to re-open and will once again become a primary destination for Brummies and visitors alike. It does look familiar and at least one of the statues, Thomas Attwood, is being reinstalled. 8 of the latest photos in this post plus a look back at the square before the redevelopment, seems so long ago now, we can't wait!

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Birmingham, Chamberlain Square is Close to Re-Opening





It looks as if Chamberlain Square in the very heart of the city is soon to re-open and will once again become a primary destination for Brummies and visitors alike. It does look familiar and at least one of the statues, Thomas Attwood, is being reinstalled. 8 of the latest photos in this post plus a look back at the square before the redevelopment, seems so long ago now, we can't wait!


A section of the Chamberlain Monument is test cleaned, 30th June 2020.

The statue of Thomas Attwood is being reinstalled, the Paradise Birmingham news story is here: https://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/2020/07/01/thomas-attwood-is-heading-back-to-paradise/

The Statue of Thomas Attwood in Chamberlain Square - July 2014

 

Chamberlain Square up to 2016

Chamberlain Square - July 2014

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery during 'City of Colours' festival - August 2014

Winter Craft Market 2016

One of new navigation signs in 2016

The portrait relief of Joseph Chamberlain on the Chamberlain Monument 2016

Mural artwork on the Central Library 2016

Ice sculptures as part of the Minimum Monument event for WW1 remembrance 2016

The Chamberlain Monument, 'Big Brum' at Museum and art gallery and the dome of the City Council House 2016

A 'Brumgull' on the stature of James Watt 2016

Beautiful Mosaic on the Chamberlain Monument

 

The Demolition of the Central Library 2016


The start of the construction of PwC's One Chamberlain Square 2016

If you are intersted in the construction at Paradise Birmingham visit ItsYourBuild and the One & Two Chamberlain Square feature projects.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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30 Jun 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - Late June 2020

103 Colmore Row claims to be 'Above all else', well it pretty much is now as it's on the top of the ridge above the Rea Valley where the city centre drops down towards Digbeth and Southside. The building is very close to structural top out and the cladding is being glimpsed from much further away now. Loads of photos in this post from our regular contributors...

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - Late June 2020





103 Colmore Row claims to be 'Above all else', well it pretty much is now as it's on the top of the ridge above the Rea Valley where the city centre drops down towards Digbeth and Southside. The building is very close to structural top out and the cladding is being glimpsed from much further away now. Loads of photos in this post from our regular contributors...


LATEST PICTURES FROM THE CITY CENTRE

30th June:

28th June:

27th June:

26th June:

24th June:

22nd June:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

26th June:

Photos by Stephen Giles

But of course, you don't need to visit Birmingham City Centre to be able to capture a glimpse of the building. It's awe-inspiringly visible from the suburbs too as these pictures from Elliott Brown show.

Waseley Hills Country Park: 29th June.

TYSELEY: 21st June.

TYSELEY: Mayfield Road (above) and Tyseley Station (below).

EDGBASTON RESERVOIR: 15th June

Photos by Elliott Brown

& BACK INTO THE CITY CENTRE

12th-19th June:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

Don't forget to check the regularly updated Full Gallery

 
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30 Jun 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of The Mercian - June 2020

The core has jumped up to level 23, signalling a landmark milestone as the building goes past the halfway stage. The floors aren't far behind on level 19!

Elsewhere, the cladding has now reached floor 5, as it continues wrapping around the building. Click the post for a superb round of pictures from Daniel, Reiss, Elliott and Stephen.

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The Construction of The Mercian - June 2020





The core has jumped up to level 23, signalling a landmark milestone as the building goes past the halfway stage. The floors aren't far behind on level 19!

Elsewhere, the cladding has now reached floor 5, as it continues wrapping around the building. Click the post for a superb round of pictures from Daniel, Reiss, Elliott and Stephen.


LATEST PICTURES FROM THE CITY CENTRE

30th June:

28th June:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

26th June:

Photo by GregglesUK

Photos by Stephen Giles

Meanwhile, the core is only halfway up but it is already rapidly creeping up on its neighbours, as viewed here from Bank Tower II:

Photos from BrumBrumBrum

17th June:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry

Outside of the city centre, Elliott has taken a number of fabulous images showcasing the prominence The Mercian is already having on the skyline - with numerous shots from the 15th-29th taken from different vantage points around the region, including: Edgbaston Reservoir, Tyseley Station, and the Waseley Hills Country Park over in Worcestershire.

Edgbaston Reservoir: 15th June.

Tyseley Station: 21st June.

Waseley Hills Country Park: 29th June.

Photos by Elliott Brown

Daniel also took a trip to his favorite spot for the city skyline at Egg Hill near Frankley about 7 miles south-west of the city to grab a few latest shots:

13th June:

 
Words by: Stephen Giles

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29 Jun 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Construction of Symphony Hall - June 2020

A new milestone has been achieved at Symphony Hall with the installation of glass. For a full June update with pictures from Stephen, Daniel and new updated proposals from Page/Park Architects, click the full post below.

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Construction of Symphony Hall - June 2020





A new milestone has been achieved at Symphony Hall with the installation of glass. For a full June update with pictures from Stephen, Daniel and new updated proposals from Page/Park Architects, click the full post below.


LATEST IMAGES

26th/27th June:

Photos by Stephen Giles

June 14th:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

AND HOW THE FRONTAGE WILL LOOK

A new application has surfaced showcasing revised plans for the metal gates/ decorated screens incorporating signage. These can be seen below:

The latest proposed artists impressions from Page/Park Architects.


PROJECT TEAM: 
DEVELOPER: Birmingham Performances Ltd
ARCHITECTS: Page\Park Architects 
CONTRACTOR: Galliford Try Construction
PROJECT MANAGER: David Stanley Consulting
COST CONSULTANT: PMP Consultants
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL: Max Fordham
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ARUP
WEBSITE: https://making-an-entrance.thsh.co.uk/
 
Words by Stephen Giles. Photos by Daniel Sturley & Stephen.

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23 Jun 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Tour of the inside of the Library of Birmingham during September 2013

Welcome to a tour of the Library of Birmingham from my visits back in September 2013. My first visits were on the 21st and 28th September 2013. It was very busy. Loads of people visiting the library for the first time. Heading up the escalators between the levels. At the time the glass lift still worked, so you could go in that if it wasn't too busy. 9 levels plus the basement levels.

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Tour of the inside of the Library of Birmingham during September 2013





Welcome to a tour of the Library of Birmingham from my visits back in September 2013. My first visits were on the 21st and 28th September 2013. It was very busy. Loads of people visiting the library for the first time. Heading up the escalators between the levels. At the time the glass lift still worked, so you could go in that if it wasn't too busy. 9 levels plus the basement levels.


For this post we are only looking at the inside of the Library of Birmingham. So not the Shakespeare Memorial Room, Discovery Terrace or the Secret Garden (I'll leave those for future posts).

 

Originally the Library had revolving doors from Centenary Square (and also to the Discovery Terrace on Level 3). There is also a disabled door you can use by the press of a button. The revolving doors were replaced years later by automatic doors, as the revolving doors kept getting stuck. Also the glass lift from Level 4 to Level 7 stopped working after a year. Meaning you have to use the other lifts, or the stairs (if you can). There are escalators from Level G (the ground floor) to Level 3. Then a travelator up to Level 4. Access to Level 7 and 9 is by the lifts or stairs. Level 5 and Level 8 is for staff only. There is also the Library Cafe on the ground floor, and you can take you coffee up to the Mezzanine floor (also called Level MZ).

 

21st September 2013

Starting on the ground floor Level G, a look towards the entrance to the REP. On the left is the Library Shop. Where you can buy Birmingham souvenirs. I got in after 4pm that day.

The escalators from Level G to Level 1 was busy that day. On the left was a temporary exhibition, called The Pavilion

When it opened, Level 1 was originally called Business Learning & Health (this was before Brasshouse Languages took it over in 2016).

There used to be desks where you could work on your laptop or tablet on. WiFi early on was weak, but years later the free WiFi got better (well at least after I kept upgrading my smartphone every couple of years).

The escalators from Level 1 up to Level 2.

Next up was Level 2, which was originally called the Knowledge Floor. Around the core of this floor and the floor above is the Book Rotunda. There is a lot of old historic books around there.

Another area for studying and using your laptop or tablet with a view out to Centenary Square.

Now it was time to leave Level 2 for Level 3. Just had to go up the escalator to the next floor.

Now a look around Level 3, which was called the Discovery Floor at the time. This area was called the Mediatheque. Where you can watch films from a library collection (I think).

The Travelator that goes from Level 3 up to Level 4. That time it was set to go up on the right. Usually you go up on the left.

On the ride up, you can see the glass lift. And there was a queue for it waiting to go up to Level 7.

Level 4 was called Archives & Heritage. You can go through glass doors when you get to the top, or at the time use the glass lift (it wouldn't remain in service for long before it broke down - in fact it's not worked for years!).

I would have gone higher that day, but it was almost 5pm and that was the time that the Library of Birmingham closed for the evening. So heading back down the escalators through the Book Rotunda. At this point heading down from Level 3 to Level 2. Next up would be the escalator down to Level 1.

Heading down the escalator from Level 1 back to Level G, where you can see The Pavilion temporary exhibition on the right.

A look at the Children's Library which is on Level LG (Lower Ground Floor).

Back on Level G, and heading from the Library of Birmingham into the foyer of the REP.

28th September 2013

One week later, I returned to the Library of Birmingham to go all the way up to the top to Level 9 for the Shakespeare Memorial Room and Skyline Viewpoint. Got in much earlier this time, just before 1pm that day. This wall welcomes you to the Library of Birmingham. Was also a screen showing information about the exhibition on at the time called Dozens & Trails. This was on Level G.

This time I was able to get the glass lift up from Level 4 to Level 7.

Now on Level 7 after going up the glass lift. Here you can see the comfy red chairs in a staff only area of the Library. On Level 7 is the Secret Garden.

Views from Level 7 near the Glass Lift down to the floors below. You can see the travelator and the escalators down to about Level 2.

If you don't like heights don't look down! On this day the travelator was operating in the correct directions. Left side to take you down from Level 7 to 4. The right side to take you up from Level 4 to 7.

The escalators on Level 2 takes you to and from Level 1 (on the left) and to and from Level 3 (on the right).

There was also some comfy red chairs on Level 7. I used to sit on some of them on Level 3 to get onto the WiFi on my then smartphone.

On Level 7 you can see a staff office through the window from the corridor from the regular lifts and stairs. So you might see this if going to or from the Secret Garden (unless they have the blinds down).

That day I used the stairs to go down. Went a bit too far down to Level LG, and saw these desks with PC's on them. So had to go back up the stairs to Level G to exit.

That's it folks for this tour of the Library of Birmingham. It's changed a lot since it first opened 7 years ago.

For the next Library of Birmingham post, I could show you around the Shakespeare Memorial Room. It's on Level 9 near the Skyline Viewpoint.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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