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Daniel Sturley Art; Culture & creativity
22 Jul 2022 - Daniel Sturley
News & Updates

King Kong back where he belongs - unveiling day!

Following all the excitement, Friday 22nd July, 2022 was finally here. Crowds gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Yes, King Kong is back in the city, and he's even bigger than before!

Enjoy our wonderful gallery of photos compiled with the help of our community and followers of Birmingham Gems. 

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King Kong back where he belongs - unveiling day!





Following all the excitement, Friday 22nd July, 2022 was finally here. Crowds gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Yes, King Kong is back in the city, and he's even bigger than before!

Enjoy our wonderful gallery of photos compiled with the help of our community and followers of Birmingham Gems. 


The Birmingham Gems team arrived early to get a few shots of the King before the ceremony.

This giant of a sculpture modelled on the original King Kong is over 7 metres tall.  He's impressive and the artwork is wonderful!

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Nicholas Monro, the sculptor behind the original statue of King Kong, made of fibre-glass and displayed in Birmingham 50 years ago, was represented at the ceremony by his two sons Joe and Claud.

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Sculptors RoboCarv worked with Mr Monro and his family to create the replica which is significantly bigger than the 1970s original.

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Cordia Blackswan, developers of many of the builds and re-development occurring along and around Great Hampton Street, are responsible for seeing this project come to fruition. 

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Marcus Hawley, founder and managing director of Cordia Blackswan makes an extremely important point about the connection between art, commmunity and the role of place-makers,

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Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
20 Jul 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Pressworks, Digbeth Reimagined

Pressworks, a proposed residential reinvention of a site in Digbeth, has been comprehensively refined to take into account the emerging schemes coming forward in the area.

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Pressworks, Digbeth Reimagined





Pressworks, a proposed residential reinvention of a site in Digbeth, has been comprehensively refined to take into account the emerging schemes coming forward in the area.


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Prosperity Developments are bringing forward plans to rejuvenate this area of the city.

Spread across two parcels of land, the development has been designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects.

Having bounced onto the scene back in 2021, the proposal went back to the drawing board and has now been refined in recent weeks to consider the other emerging schemes in the area - namely Birmingham Smithfield, and Warner Fields.

THESE ARE THE CHANGES PROPOSED (GREEN):

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Plot 1: Significant improvements have been made to Bradford Street.

The new design now features a classic perimeter block of buildings ranging from 7 right up to 11-storeys at prominent corners. The perimeter extends to Bradford Street, across Rea Street, Cheapside, and back towards Bradford Street.

The designs have also been significantly improved to take more cues from neighbouring heritage assets.

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The old proposal v the new one:

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Plot 2: This is where we will see an increase in height, which will be dissected by a newly created green linear link and a green space that looks out towards Smithfield.

Previous plans for Pressworks saw a 21-storey to Bradford Street - which, of course, has now been refined. The height has now been transferred to Moseley Street - and will reach 23-storeys.

Why? Other emerging schemes in the area, namely Warner Fields, will incorporate a landmark 30-storey directly adjacent Pressworks. For that reason, the 23-storey has been positioned to sit subservient to the 30-storey, but to also sit in line with the planned 'scraper at Smithfield.

Therefore, an emerging cluster is earmarked for the ever-changing area, all of which will face onto a new public green link and sit in front of Smithfield. Good forward thinking!

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Pressworks Birmingham, images from Glancy Nicholls Architects.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
16 Jul 2022 - Stephen Giles
Inspiration

'Sky High' Birmingham - One Centenary Way Tour - 5th July 2022

The Itsyourbuild team was granted access to One Centenary Way on Tuesday morning, right at the heart of Paradise Birmingham - with Daniel, Stephen & Jack taking full advantage of the stunning views on offer.

Follow the link for a wonderful gallery of shots. Enjoy!

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'Sky High' Birmingham - One Centenary Way Tour - 5th July 2022





The Itsyourbuild team was granted access to One Centenary Way on Tuesday morning, right at the heart of Paradise Birmingham - with Daniel, Stephen & Jack taking full advantage of the stunning views on offer.

Follow the link for a wonderful gallery of shots. Enjoy!


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Early morning arrival.

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Waiting outside.

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In we go!

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South Central tower, well under construction on Bristol Street, Essex Street.

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The historic Rotunda.

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Cranes Reflected in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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One Centenary Square (HSBC UK), the Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Mercian, and the core of Cortland Broad Street.

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The Library of Birmingham.

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Looking Over Centenary Square.

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'Cheese'.

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On the Top Floor.

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The Dome of the Council House.

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Exchange Square, Phase 2, is flying up!

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Orion House and Beetham Tower

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And down we go! 

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Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Photography by Stephen Giles

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Photography by Mat Burling

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Photography by Jack Babington

 

There are now nearly 800 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here:

Full Construction Feature Project and Photo Gallery

 

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
11 Jul 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Fountain Lofts Underway In Digbeth

Fountain Lofts, a boutique two-block development encompassing the historic 1790s-built The Fountain public house, is underway.

The 10M Group project, working in conjunction with social impact investor, Housing Growth Partnership (HGP), is another fillip for the ever-changing Digbeth.

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Fountain Lofts Underway In Digbeth





Fountain Lofts, a boutique two-block development encompassing the historic 1790s-built The Fountain public house, is underway.

The 10M Group project, working in conjunction with social impact investor, Housing Growth Partnership (HGP), is another fillip for the ever-changing Digbeth.


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Once home to Furnaces & Machinery, until their demise in 2019, the Alcester Street site will deliver 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments, in two buildings of three to six storeys.

The Corstorphine & Wright designed scheme, red-bricked and offering a symbolic nod to Digbeth's industrial heritage, will offer high-end apartments to match the demands of today's rental market.

Six storeys to Alcester Street and three storeys to Cheapside, the new builds will nestle alongside its historic neighbour, The Fountain Inn, offering it focal point status - and bustling trade - for years to come.

Both builds will reanimate their respective streets and will be set around an attractive and intimate internal courtyard space - as seen below. Watch our socials for more on Fountain Lofts!

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Construction images from Stephen Giles; CGIs from 10m Group.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
30 Jun 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of The Crown Works, Gun Quarter - June 2022

They say that the Jewellery Quarter is the cool kid of Birmingham, but don’t discount the dark sheep of the city: the Gun Quarter.

Many good-quality developments are now springing up around the area, including The Crown Works, a major BTR development now underway.

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The Construction of The Crown Works, Gun Quarter - June 2022





They say that the Jewellery Quarter is the cool kid of Birmingham, but don’t discount the dark sheep of the city: the Gun Quarter.

Many good-quality developments are now springing up around the area, including The Crown Works, a major BTR development now underway.


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Located on Hanley Street and Lower Loveday Street, The Crown Works is a 203-apartment scheme entirely for rent (View the site map HERE)

Led by Europa Capital and White Ink Architects, the new placemaking community will reinforce the area through a contemporary, contextual design offering an enhanced interpretation of the area.

With groundworks ramping up on site and a crane due any time now, The Crown Works will be arranged in four blocks of four to eight storeys, with each one, two & three-bedroom apartment designed to a high specification, across 138K SF of space.

With renters in Birmingham wanting good quality living spaces and amenities aplenty, The Crown Works offers that in abundance.

There will be up to 5,900K SF of attractive facilities on offer, with all apartments set around a raised courtyard, with concierge services, shared gardens, terraces, dining and meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, as well as co-working areas for those WFH, all on offer.

Two public ground floor commercial units, totalling 3,700K SF, will also bring additional vitality to the area. The Crown Works is scheduled for a circa. April 2024 completion.

June 30:

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May:

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Drone images by Stephen Giles; CGIs from Europa Capital/White Ink Architects.

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