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Introducing ItsYourBuild - A FreeTimePays Community of Passion

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays manages a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Construction with Community.

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Connect with us and promote yourselves and your passion for Construction with Community!

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Introducing ItsYourBuild - A FreeTimePays Community of Passion




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays manages a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Construction with Community.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and promote yourselves and your passion for Construction with Community!


ItsYourBuild is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

ItsYourBuild is a digital space for people who are passionate about construction and regeneration and want to do whatever they can to promote their passion.

At ItsYourBuild, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

ItsYourBuild

ItsYourBuild will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share their passion for construction and regeneration.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts. 

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for construction and regeneration.

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Displaying until 28 Aug 2019 - FreeTimePays
Featuring

Are you passionate about Construction? Join Us!

ItsYourBuild is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Construction and connect with people who share their passion.

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Are you passionate about Construction? Join Us!




ItsYourBuild is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Construction and connect with people who share their passion.


ItsYourBuild is all about engaging people in the promotion of construction and the recognition that what is built exists for people and community to enjoy.

ItsYourBuild is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

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14 hours ago - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Wow this is exciting! Proposal for development at S&K Building, Birmingham

The S&K Building is an exciting residential project in Digbeth.The planning application has just been submitted. Follow developments with us here at ItsyourBuild. 

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Wow this is exciting! Proposal for development at S&K Building, Birmingham




The S&K Building is an exciting residential project in Digbeth.The planning application has just been submitted. Follow developments with us here at ItsyourBuild. 

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S&K Building is another in the long line of exciting developments proposed for Birmingham.

Brought forward by Taylor Grange Developments, the site is located in Digbeth and bound by Bradford Street, Birchall Street & Cheapside.

It's been designed by Corstorphine + Wright, who are proposing 6 new residential blocks of between six and nine storeys, providing a total of 503 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

To break that down, these will be 260 one, 241 two & 2 three beds.

We'll see the demolition (see picture below) of buildings currently standing in poor condition, except for the Bradford Street facade that is, which is being retained and incorporated into the development with a new two-storey rooftop extension.

RIVER REA

A new riverside public realm walkway linking through the site has been designed to open up access to the Rea - undoubtedly Digbeth's biggest asset.

Included is 350sqm of amenity space and 539sqm of flexible floorspace - three units, which could potentially house a cafe, restauraunt or bars.

All of these will be prominently located on the ground floor facing onto Bradford Street and the newly landscaped riverside walkway. 

There will also be two courtyard gardens, provision for 38 car parking spaces, which includes basement parking, plus space for 270 bicycles. 

There will be 35 standard car parking spaces, 3 disabled spaces, plus 5 will be allocated for electric vehicle charging points.

INTRODUCING: S&K BUILDING, BIRMINGHAM

Demolition plan. Red is to be demolished. Blue is to be retained.

All pictures and images by Corstorphine+Wright

Planning application: 2019/04152/PA 

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Art, culture & creativity
22 May 2019 - Debra Power
Gallery

'Sky High' creativity from The Rotunda - Birmingham

Our talented 'People With Passion' took an opportunity to share their creative skills and talents through a mixture of great art, photography & sketching, capturing the stunning skyline views of our great city. We are delighted to feature 'Birmingham Sky High' from the Rotunda as part of a BirminghamWeAre 'Sky High' feature.

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'Sky High' creativity from The Rotunda - Birmingham




Our talented 'People With Passion' took an opportunity to share their creative skills and talents through a mixture of great art, photography & sketching, capturing the stunning skyline views of our great city. We are delighted to feature 'Birmingham Sky High' from the Rotunda as part of a BirminghamWeAre 'Sky High' feature.


Before we introduce you to our stunning gallery of images, let's take a brief look at the history of the Rotunda.

The construction of the Rotunda began in 1961 and was competed in 1965 it stands 266ft tall. The original plans, were to house a rooftop restuarant & cinema. Dring the1980s sugestions were that it should be demolished.  However, from 2004 to 2008, the Rotunda, a Grade ll listed building was refurbished and partially converted for residential use. The redevelopment created 232 luxury apartments, including six penthouse suites on the 20th floor. The whole of the 19th floor and one of the penthouses on the 20th floor is run as serviced apartments by the Manchester-based operator, Staying Cool.  

 

Photo by Mac McCreery

 

Standing tall at 81 metres (266 ft)

Photo by Barry Whithead

 

The Rotunda still shining bright in the city centre after completion in 1965. 

Photo by Tammie Naughton

 

The Rotunda stands proud over our city -  The building had originally been intended to look like a candle with a flame-like weather beacon on top, changing colour to reflect the weather.

Photo by Elliott Brown

 

Below we share some great photography of sentional views from 20th floor of the Rotunda. What great views of our ever changing city's skyline.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Photo by Karl Newton

 

Photo by Pete Davies

 

Photo by Simon Felton

 

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Sketching by Tim Griffiths

 

Photo by Stephen Cooper

 

Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Photo by Chris Fletcher

 

Photo by Kev Maslin

 

Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Photo by Jay Mason-Burns

 

Photo by Pete Davies

 

Photo by John Paddington

 

Photo by  Damien Walmsley

 

Photo by Jay Mason-Burns

 

Photo by Karl Newton

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Photo by Kev Maslin

 

Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Photo by Chris Fletcher

 

Photo by Kev Maslin

 

Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
21 May 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

Introducing Smithfield (previously home to the Wholesale Market), Birmingham, UK

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Introducing Smithfield (previously home to the Wholesale Market), Birmingham, UK




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PROJECT DETAIL:

Demolition of the former Wholesale Markets is well underway, which will then make way for a mixed-use family destination. In January 2019, Birmingham City Council announced Lendlease as its development partner to deliver the transformation of the 17-hectare Birmingham Smithfield site.

Birmingham Smithfield is a £1.5 billion redevelopment project that will continue to position the city on an international stage.

Lendlease will form a contractual joint venture with the city council and lead the creation of an urban quarter that will include a new home for the city’s historic Bull Ring retail markets, a unique family destination including a leisure and cultural offer, a new public square, integrated public transport and more than 2,000 homes with a public park and community facilities.

The development of Birmingham Smithfield is part of the city’s Big City Plan, launched in 2010, which sets out a 25-year vision to grow the city centre by more than 25 per cent. As one of the areas of transformation, Birmingham Smithfield is located directly adjacent to the Bullring and New Street Station; and will be a short walk from the new High Speed 2 City Centre Terminus Station which is set to open in 2026.

The council and Lendlease will finalise the terms of the partnership, start the preparation of a planning application and produce a business plan for the site’s redevelopment before the formal award of the contract, which is expected to happen by the end of the year.

The first phase of the scheme set to include the new homes, the new retail markets building and public realm.

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS:

Lendlease & Birmingham City Council

MASTERPLANNING ARCHITECTS:

Prior Associates

PHOTOS & IMAGES from Lendlease and Prior Associates:

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Construction & regeneration
19 May 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - May 2019

The cladding is approaching completion and is really starting to catch the light, many more photos from various perspectives in this gallery, including from our recent trip to the top of the Rotunda thanks to Staying Cool.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - May 2019




The cladding is approaching completion and is really starting to catch the light, many more photos from various perspectives in this gallery, including from our recent trip to the top of the Rotunda thanks to Staying Cool.

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Photos by Stephen Giles

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
19 May 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - May 2019

Two Chamberlain Square is well on the way to looking like a finished building, here's the latest construction photo gallery.

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - May 2019




Two Chamberlain Square is well on the way to looking like a finished building, here's the latest construction photo gallery.

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
15 May 2019 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Update on restoration work (May 2019)

Birmingham’s most iconic hotel is set to be restored to its former glory when it opens next year.

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The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Update on restoration work (May 2019)




Birmingham’s most iconic hotel is set to be restored to its former glory when it opens next year.

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Occupying a prominent position on the city’s grandest address of all, Colmore Row, The Grand Birmingham Hotel is scheduled to open its doors in May 2020.

It follows ten years of extensive renovation works throughout the building, which has seen Hortons’ Estate invest more than £25 million to give this Grade-II listed beauty a well deserved second chance at life.

Developed by the Horton Family themselves between 1879 and 1895, this opulent French Renaissance inspired building has played host to royalty, A-list Hollywood film stars and politicians over the years, as well as staging many dinners, concerts and dances in the picturesque Grosvenor Suite – a suite that will be returning to the public next year.

The Grand Hotel, 1894 - Photo by British Library

The Grand Ballroom - Photo by Birmingham Post

Plush new shops, upmarket restaurants and upgraded new offices now adorn the lower floors fronting onto Colmore Row, with more to come on Barwick Street.

This work has been supported by grants from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), Birmingham City Council and Historic England.

Photo by 55ColmoreRow

Photo by Tom Grunt

HOTEL OPERATOR

The crowning glory for Hortons' Estate in all of this was securing a hotel operator, however, this has proved to be more difficult than anticipated.

The search for a builder to undergo works, in order to attract an operator, has been painstakingly frustrating at times, with builders put off by the antiquated nature of the interior, with modernising works seemingly too difficult to overcome.

However, a deal was reached and an announcement was duly made midway through 2017 when Principal Hotel Company announced plans to turn the upper floors into a luxury 180-room hotel.

The hotel will include extensive conference and banquet spaces, along with a restaurant, bar, and spa.

Initial plans for a rooftop infinity pool have since been scrapped in favour of five more spacious rooms. The hotel will now contain a total of 185 rooms, with a decision on the star rating yet to be made.

“We have always believed that the restoration of The Grand would not be complete if it did not include a luxury hotel.

After considerable time and effort we have chosen to work with Principal on the project because they share our commitment to creating the city’s finest hotel and because of their impressive track record working on similar buildings in other major cities.” - Tony Green, chief executive of Hortons’ Estate

With the hotel set to open in twelve months time, Graham Construction won the fit-out contract to deliver the hotel late last year, with work inside very much underway.

The Grand Hotel is well on its way to being reborn!

Artists Impressions by Berman Guedes Stretton

For more information on Birmingham's developments, follow @GtrBhamDev on Twitter

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Construction & regeneration
14 May 2019 - Stephen Giles
Gallery

Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - Photo Gallery (May 2019)

Cladding samples are now on site. Windows continue to be installed in the hexagonal frames, together with black sub-cladding. The steel structure on the upper floors are also close to being constructed.

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Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - Photo Gallery (May 2019)




Cladding samples are now on site. Windows continue to be installed in the hexagonal frames, together with black sub-cladding. The steel structure on the upper floors are also close to being constructed.

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Photos by GregglesUK

 

Photos by Stephen Giles

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Art, culture & creativity
12 May 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

Birmingham, 'Sky High' from the Rotunda - May 2019

I went up to the top of the Rotunda today for the ItsYourBuild photography and art trip, I got some nice photos of the city and some rare ones, for me, of people.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Birmingham, 'Sky High' from the Rotunda - May 2019




I went up to the top of the Rotunda today for the ItsYourBuild photography and art trip, I got some nice photos of the city and some rare ones, for me, of people.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


Digbeth

One Chamberlain Square, Big Brum, the Council House Dome.

The Library of Birmingham, cranes at Paradise Birmingham, Two Chamberlain Square, Centenary Square.

The Westside towards Edgbaston.

Grand Central and New Street Station, John Lewis, Southside, and Westside.

St Martin in the Bullring.

Artists Paula Gabb and Tim Griffiths enjoying the opportunity.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
10 May 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - May 2019

Some 'Beaky Blinders' hanging around in Centenary Square with the externally completed One Chamberlain Square, the new home for PwC in the Midlands. More photos in the gallery.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - May 2019




Some 'Beaky Blinders' hanging around in Centenary Square with the externally completed One Chamberlain Square, the new home for PwC in the Midlands. More photos in the gallery.

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
10 May 2019 - Tom Grunt
News & Updates

Timber Yard, Birmingham, UK - latest update

Work has commenced on the build of Timber Yard, a residential scheme in the Southside area of Birmingham.  

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Timber Yard, Birmingham, UK - latest update




Work has commenced on the build of Timber Yard, a residential scheme in the Southside area of Birmingham.  

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Timber Yard is a residential scheme in the Southside area of Birmingham designed by Claridge Architects.

It is one of several projects brought forward by joint-venture developers Apsley House Capital and Galliard Homes, and the first one to have reached a construction stage.

The project includes 379 apartments spread across two buildings ranging from 7 to 14 storeys, lots of private and public green space, plenty of ground floor commercial space, private gym for residents, concierge, cinema and 95 car park spaces.

There’s going to be 10 commercial units for shops and restaurants on the ground floor and all located on Skinner Lane. These will benefit from a number of bespoke, timber benches placed along this street.

A planning application was submitted in November 2017 with approval granted in October 2018. There was a brief delay in approving the scheme as objections were raised by local club owners, who feared that presence of apartments in immediate vicinity of their clubs could lead to noise complaints from future residents, which in turn could lead to the clubs being forced to close.

Following these complaints, the developer held a meeting with the club owners and reassured them that all the bedroom windows would be sufficiently sound-proofed.

Architecture & Massing

One of the scheme’s objectives is to restore the urban grain in the area, as the plot has been nothing but a surface car park since the 70s which has had a negative visual impact on the landscape.

The density of this scheme is in keeping with buildings around it and also takes into account future projects, namely Smithfield.

The development acts as a transition between Smithfield and other residential builds to the west and north.

The city planners weren’t supportive of the originally proposed 19-storey building at the corner of Pershore Street and Skinner Lane and so the height was reduced to 14-storeys, only as tall as necessary to mark the corner.

The design directly reflects the area’s context, with the most used material in the area being red and brown brick, hence why brick has been chosen for this development, albeit of a slightly different colour.

The brick chosen is somewhat paler and has a more contemporary feel, but compliments its surroundings.

The site is bounded by four streets, and the composition of façade differs to an extent on each of the streets to reflect the immediate vicinity. For example, because Hurst Street is quite a narrow road with high pedestrian footfall and a lot of shops, it felt appropriate that the façade facing this road should assume a more vertical expression.

On the other hand, blocks facing Skinner Lane and Pershore Street have façades with wider openings and horizontal expressions as the roads are wider and are not major pedestrian routes.

Public Space & Greenery

The block breaks up in two places which allows for creation of two public pocket parks, one on Skinner Lane and one on Claybrook Street.

There’s a large communal private garden in the courtyard on which grass, fern, shrubs and trees will be planted in an informal arrangement. A pedestrian route with benches will run through the garden, and give off a light woodland feel.

Further greenery is going to be created along Claybrook Street with a wide planting strip created running along the full length of the street and varieties of indigenous wild flowers will be planted on the roof to create bio-diverse gardens.

It is one of the first pieces of puzzle in the continuous regeneration of this part of Birmingham, with a number of other schemes underway or proposed.

Tomas Grunt

Artist impression by Claridge Architects

Artist impression by Claridge Architects

Artist impression by Claridge Architects

Artist impression by Claridge Architects

Artist impression by Claridge Architects

Artist impression by Claridge Architects

Artist impression by Claridge Architects

Photo by Stephen Giles

Photo by Stephen Giles

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Construction & regeneration
07 May 2019 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Massive development at 103 Colmore Row in Birmingham is back on track!

The Landmark office development at 103 Colmore Row is back on track after a brief delay in construction.

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Massive development at 103 Colmore Row in Birmingham is back on track!




The Landmark office development at 103 Colmore Row is back on track after a brief delay in construction.

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103 Colmore Row is one of a kind.

Standing at an imposing 26 storeys (108m from its lowest peak and 105.5m at its highest), it will become the city’s tallest office building once complete.

But not only that, it also takes the crown of being the largest office under construction anywhere outside of London, showing once more that Birmingham continues to be a hugely attractive city to invest and do business in.

Sterling Property Ventures and Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP teamed up in 2014 (until the latter were acquired by Patrizia in late 2017) to bring this project forward, that is until a top London investor entered the scene recently, which saw a brief pause on construction.

Tristan Capital Partners acquired Patrizia’s interest in the site and will now work with development manager Sterling PV to commence this eagerly-awaited development.

Work has now officially recommenced with work on the concrete core set to rise this month.

Photo by Sterling Property Ventures

WHAT IS IT WE'RE GETTING?

Artists Impression by Doone Silver Kerr

Designed by architects Doone Silver Kerr, and currently being built by BAM Construction, 103 will boast 223,631 sq ft (square foot) of office space over 20 floors, 7,665 sq ft of restaurant space on the ground and top two floors, a winter garden, 18th floor terrace and multi-purpose business lounges. 

In fact, the top two floors will see a signature double-height ‘lantern’ bar and restaraunt, offering panoramic views across the ever evolving Birmingham skyline for everyone to enjoy.

It will be lit up like a beacon at night, ensuring that this majestic building is visible from miles around the city.

Artists Impression by Sterling Property Ventures

Artists Impressions by Doone Silver Kerr

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Construction & regeneration
05 May 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

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

There has been some windows intalled in the hexagonal frames on the lower floors together with some black sub-cladding. The final steel structure for the upper floors is being constructed.

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Birmingham developments overview map

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




There has been some windows intalled in the hexagonal frames on the lower floors together with some black sub-cladding. The final steel structure for the upper floors is being constructed.

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Birmingham developments overview map


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
04 May 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

Birmingham, Centenary Square - May 2019

There is a distinctly maritime look about Centenary Square now that the huge poles (masts?) have been installed! More photos in the full post.

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Birmingham, Centenary Square - May 2019




There is a distinctly maritime look about Centenary Square now that the huge poles (masts?) have been installed! More photos in the full post.

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Construction & regeneration
03 May 2019 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

ONE Eastside in Birmingham - this is set to be big!

A 500ft skyscraper is on course to become Birmingham's biggest ever building. Introducing ONE Eastside

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ONE Eastside in Birmingham - this is set to be big!




A 500ft skyscraper is on course to become Birmingham's biggest ever building. Introducing ONE Eastside

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Court Collaboration & Glancy Nicholls Architects have revealed plans for what will be Birmingham’s tallest ever building.

ONE Eastside will have two residential buildings of 15 & 51 storeys (160m) with 667 one and two-bed apartments, as well as various public realms.

It's set to become the tallest building in the city, overtaking the 152m BT Tower, a structure that has dominated the city's skyline for over 53 years.

Artists Impressions by Court Collaboration

Located at the junction of James Watt Queensway and Jennens Road, seconds away from the proposed HS2 Curzon Street Station terminus, the area is expected to drive huge, unprecedented regeneration in the years to come.

The project is being forward funded through a portfolio of global investors including specialised build-to-rent funds, with Court’s aim not just to create something special in this crucial area of the city, but to also push new boundaries when it comes to city centre living.

“We are truly excited about One Eastside. Bringing such a tower of scale to the region and adjacent to the entrance to our new HS2 station, this scheme will create new standards of city centre living for its residents."

"The people who live in these apartments in the city centre have a lot of choice which has forced everyone to up their games, which can only be good news.

"This is a fantastic project for Birmingham and would be a real landmark for the city." - Court Collaboration CEO and founder Anthony McCourt

Indeed, amenities here will include a spacious roof-top sky lounge featuring a bar and dining area for residents, a cinema and a variety of yoga and gym facilities.

There will also be commercial space on the ground floor, plus residents will also be allowed to keep pets at the scheme.

DEMOLITION

The CEAC building (Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry) currently sits on site, however, demolition has already been approved.

Blucon Group will internally strip out the building, remove asbestos before mechanical demolition can take place in the coming weeks ahead.

In the meantime, McCourt continued: "We've been engaged in a detailed pre-application process over the past nine months and done a huge amount of consultation and discussion already.

"We have done a lot of work with Birmingham City Council on this and they have been supportive of height, as long as the design is there as well."

That planning application will arrive shortly, with construction expected to commence in November 2019, with a targeted completion of late 2022. Watch this space!

Artists Impressions from Glancy Nicholls Architects - all pictures are subject to change

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Construction & regeneration
30 Apr 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

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

The new headquarters for HMRC Midlands, Three Arena Central, is rising fast with the last three floors being constructed and the cladding/window frames being installed.

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




The new headquarters for HMRC Midlands, Three Arena Central, is rising fast with the last three floors being constructed and the cladding/window frames being installed.

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Exciting developments by Nikal at Exchange Square, Birmingham, UK - Construction with Community

Exchange Square (Phase 1) is an exciting new urban village development from the guys at Nikal.  

Take the post by Stephen, one of Birmingham's People with Passion and follower of Construction, for more on the development.

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Exchange Square (Phase 1) is an exciting new urban village development from the guys at Nikal.  

Take the post by Stephen, one of Birmingham's People with Passion and follower of Construction, for more on the development.


Designed by Stephenson Studio, and being built by Sir Robert McAlpine, this mixed-use scheme on Moor Street Queensway contains three new builds -  one 9 storeys tall, one 16 storeys and the other of 27 storeys - comprising a total of 603 apartments, ranging from studios to one, two and three bedrooms.

Artist Impression by Stephenson Studio

There are rooftop gardens available for residents, plus a new public square will naturally form the heartbeat of the development, and will include 30,000 square foot of prime restaraunt, bar and cafe space fronting onto Moor Street Queensway.

Photo credit: Tom Grunt

Photo credit: Tom Grunt

Photo credit: Tom Grunt

Also included is a 5,000 sq ft residents’ hub, with concierge and members club style private lounge, plus basement car parking for 187 cars and secure cycle storage for 78 bicycles.

Artist Impression by Stephenson Studio

Artist Impression by Stephenson Studio

Phase 2 will see yet more investment, in the form of two new projects. Firstly, a minimum 35-storey tower, also from Nikal. Grainger (the residential landlord) officially forward funded the project late last year.

Also confirmed is a 13-storey, 225-room Premier Inn Hotel, with a Bar + Block steakhouse restaurant, which will formally complete the Exchange Square development.

Birmingham is booming with a sustained period of investment and regeneration in the area showing no signs of stopping. With HS2 and other exciting developments on the horizon, Exchange Square is superbly placed in the thick of it, as this area of the City continues its burgeoning renaissance.

You can view a Live webcam of the build (courtesy of Nikal) at http://nikal.reachtimelapse.co.uk/exchangesquare/

View the full ItsyourBuild coverage of Exchange Square here.

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Introducing Timber Yard, Birmingham, UK

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PROJECT DETAIL:

Timber Yard comprises 379 one, two and three bedroom units arranged over two buildings, with 9 commercial units (10,000 sq ft), a residents’ private gym, club lounge, 95 undercroft car parking spaces, 358 cycle spaces and internal courtyard gardens 

BREAKDOWN OF UNITS:

East Block - 219 apartments offering 1, 2 & 3 bedroom types rising to 12 storeys.
West Block - 160 studio and 1 & 2 bedroom apartments arranged from upper ground to 6th
floor.

207 one bed (55%), 151 two bed (40%), 8 three bed (2%) & 13 studios (3%)

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS:

Apsley House Capital & Galliard Homes Joint Venture

ARCHITECTS:

Claridge Architects 

CONTRACTOR:

Galliard Construction 

PLANNING APPLICATION: 

2017/09461/PA (Full Planning)

ARTIST'S IMPRESSIONS & IMAGES BY Claridge Architects:

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26 Apr 2019 - Tom Grunt
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Play, Relaxation and Recreation at Connaught Square - a huge regeneration scheme in Digbeth, Birmingham

Connaught Square is one of the largest and most important regeneration schemes Birmingham has seen in decades. 

Take the full article produced by Tomas Grunt, one of Birmingham's People with Passion for construction and find out more about this amazing development. Artist's impressions by K4 Architects.

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Play, Relaxation and Recreation at Connaught Square - a huge regeneration scheme in Digbeth, Birmingham




Connaught Square is one of the largest and most important regeneration schemes Birmingham has seen in decades. 

Take the full article produced by Tomas Grunt, one of Birmingham's People with Passion for construction and find out more about this amazing development. Artist's impressions by K4 Architects.


Connaught Square lies opposite Birmingham Coach Station and stretches all the way to the Irish Centre, which was originally part of the scheme. However the scheme now stops just short of it, although we may see a proposal to develop that land in the future.

Artist's Impression by K4 Architects

This residential-led scheme comprises 770 apartments with retail and commercial space at just over 4,000 sq. m. There will be a total of 105 car park spaces and 656 secure cycle parking spaces. The most eye-catching aspect of this proposal is a plan to bring river Rea up to the surface. In this area, the river currently runs underground.

The site was originally going to be developed in the late 2000s with planning permission for a large mixed-use scheme granted in 2007. That scheme had consisted of 700 residential units, similarly to the current proposal, and had also included a 4* hotel and a skybar. Because of the financial crisis the developer went bankrupt, and the scheme failed to materialize alongside a number of other projects across the city.

The current scheme first saw the light of day in November 2015 when the Birmingham based developer Seven Capital began pre-application discussions with Birmingham City Council and eventually lodged a planning application in September 2016.

Seven Capital’s initial proposal consisted of 940 residential units spread across 5 buildings ranging from 5 to 18 storeys and almost 6,000 sq.m of retail and commercial space.

In the period between the lodging of application in September 2016 and the application being finally approved early 2019 there was an extensive liaison between Seven Capital, Birmingham City Council and several agencies such as the Environment Agency and Lead Local Flood Authority.

Some of the major concerns included massing, layout, mix of residential units and concerns of ecological and environmental nature in respect of the River Rea.

The Council didn’t like the mix of residential units which favoured 1-bedroom apartments, so to make it family friendly, a higher amount of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments was demanded.

Another thing the Council was adamant about was pedestrian permeability and the quality of public space.

The footprint of buildings 3 and 4 was significantly reduced which created a new public route between the river and Stone Yard, in addition the scheme now had just 4 instead of the original 5 buildings, which aided pedestrian permeability.

To make the scheme more in line with the urban landscape around it, the height of the houses was reduced by 1 storey, while the height of the tower was increased from 18 to 28 storeys to make it appear slender, and portland stone was chosen as a cladding material to make the tower stand out, as according to the council, the initial design was grey and dull.  

The Council also asked if the John F. Kennedy mosaic mural could be moved from its current location on Floodgate Street and make it part of the scheme to which the applicant agreed.

One of the scheme’s great family-oriented features is the inclusion of major roof gardens on 3 out of 4 buildings and 6 minor gardens on all 4 buildings. Each major garden is split into 3 zones; the zones being ‘Play’, ‘Recreation’ and ‘Relaxation’. The Play Area is designed for children of all ages and supports healthy child development, the Recreation Area is for sports and exercise while the Relaxation Area is a quieter and sheltered space. The zones are connected by a network of footpaths.

Artist's Impression by K4 Architects

What makes this scheme unique is the River Rea and the green and public space around it. The river will be brought up to surface and its banks widened, creating ‘floodable terraces’ for increased flood protection. The floodable terracing will make the scheme look and feel much greener, natural and wider. The applicant is looking to plant native trees and shrubs which will form green habitats. It is the applicant’s ambition that the widened river channel will become a protected habitat zone.

Artist's impression by K4 Architects

The scheme has been designed by Digbeth based K4 Architects. After the extensive liaison between the applicant, Birmingham City Council and the various agencies, the scheme was finally approved in January 2019 and the construction is scheduled to start in the summer 2019. The development will be delivered in two phases and Phase 1 including the tower is expected to be completed in March 2022 and Phase 2 in August 2023.

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26 Apr 2019 - Stephen Giles
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Snow Hill Wharf - construction work now underway

A new canalside apartment complex reaching up to 21 storeys and providing five new buildings in the Gun Quarter has officially begun.

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A new canalside apartment complex reaching up to 21 storeys and providing five new buildings in the Gun Quarter has officially begun.


Construction has started at Snow Hill Wharf with the first of the cranes moving in. 

Photography by Tom Grunt

Located on Shadwell Street, on a tranquil canal-side stretch of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Snow Hill Wharf offers 406 one, two and three bedroom apartments with three landscaped podium gardens.

St Joseph Homes (a subsidary of UK giant Berkeley Homes) are behind the plans, as it make a beeline into Birmingham. It has been designed by London-based Grid Architects.

Berkeley have traditionally focused on the London and southeast property market, but are now looking to Birmingham for growth in their plans to exploit housing demand, on the back of HS2, with many more developments in the offing.  

Residents of Snow Hill Wharf will benefit from exclusive facilities, including a residents’ only cinema, gym, steam room, sauna, meeting rooms and 24-hour concierge service.

There will be parking for 139 cars, including five charging points for electric vehicles, and space for 408 bikes.

The scheme is widely expected to trigger wider regeneration in this under-utilised part of the city centre in the years to come.

Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley said: “In partnership with Birmingham City Council, we will transform these long vacant sites into thriving communities with the new homes, jobs and amenities local people need. The council has real commitment and vision to create homes and communities for its people. It’s a fantastic city and a great place to do business.

“We have ambitious, long term plans for Birmingham and these sites will be followed by many others in the years to come.”

Artist Impressions by GRID Architects

Artist Impressions by GRID Architects

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - April 2019

The externally finished building is becoming an attraction for architecture photographers, lots of great photos in this gallery.

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The externally finished building is becoming an attraction for architecture photographers, lots of great photos in this gallery.

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21 Apr 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - April 2019

Bank Tower Two is getting close to external completion, lots of the cladding is now visable on all sides, reflecting the spring sunlight.

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Bank Tower Two is getting close to external completion, lots of the cladding is now visable on all sides, reflecting the spring sunlight.

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20 Apr 2019 - Elliott Brown
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The Centenary Square we never got in the 1940s

Long before the 1991 Centenary Square, or the 2019 version coming to completion now, the City Council previously had plans for another Civic Square! During World War 2, William Haywood made a model of a proposed Civic Centre that was never to be. Only Baskerville House and the Hall of Memory were built, but the War intervened! The model is now at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre.

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Long before the 1991 Centenary Square, or the 2019 version coming to completion now, the City Council previously had plans for another Civic Square! During World War 2, William Haywood made a model of a proposed Civic Centre that was never to be. Only Baskerville House and the Hall of Memory were built, but the War intervened! The model is now at the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre.


During my first visit to the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre on Dollman Street in Nechells, Birmingham, in May 2012, I saw this model of the Proposed Civic Centre in what I called the garage area of the collection (full of vintage cars, fire engines etc). Official website here Birmingham Museum Collection Centre. I've been on two free open days so far, mostly the same collection, from what I saw on both visits.

This is what Centenary Square could have looked like, had the design of this model have been built after the end of the War, but it was eventually shelved due to cost and other reasons.

It was made by William Haywood, at the Baker Studios in Erdington in 1941 (while World War 2 was on). The scale is 1" to 12ft. He was a special lecturer in town planning at the University of Birmingham, and it took him 12 months to complete. The model represents a variety of public buildings including a Planetarium, Natural History Museum, and City Hall, as well as extensive gardens and car parks.

According to Pevsner Architectural Guides Birmingham, William Haywood was involved in schemes for the site since at least 1918!

On the left on what is now the site of Symphony Hall and The ICC (completed 1991), it was proposed to have the West Wing of a City Hall, but only Baskerville House on the East Wing was completed in 1938. The circular building in front of it would have been the Planetarium. We only ended up getting one of those in Millennium Point in Eastside by 2001, within Thinktank. The Birmingham Repertory Theatre (aka The REP) was built in 1971, on the left hand side of this model, probably where those formal laid gardens could have been.

At the centre would have been a 'Municipal Tower'. It would have had a nude male statue representing the Spirit of Birmingham. The Council approved the scheme in 1944 (for the City Council offices), and William Bloye made a maquette of the statue in 1948. But the project was abandoned in 1949 for being too expensive.

Formal gardens were proposed for the site that is now the Library of Birmingham, while the wings of the Council offices behind (that never got built), later became City Centre Gardens, and the Civic Centre Estate with the 1960s tower blocks of Cambridge Tower, Crescent Tower, Norton Tower and Galton Tower. Crescent Wharf blocks north of Cambridge Street. They were by the City Architect, Alan Maudsley in 1968. Baskerville House was the only part of this scheme to be built, along with the Hall of Memory. Before the Library of Birmingham was built between 2010 to 2013, the site was used as a car park.

Everything to the left of the Hall of Memory and Baskerville House was never built, due to the War, or for being too expensive. There was another proposal in 1958 by A.G. Sheppard Fidler, with a less formal layout, with water features with municpal office podium on the north side, but that too didn't get built.

A close up look at the Planetarium and the west wing of the City Council offices. It would have looked identical to Baskerville House. There was a Colonnade in the square for many years, which later got moved to the Peace Garden, and there used to be a fountain in the middle too (before my time).

Another view of the west side of the unbuilt City Council Offices. Had it been built, somewhere in this building could have been a Natural History Museum, War Museum and an Opera House. This is the site of The ICC and Symphony Hall. Until 1984, it was the site of Bingley Hall, a bit like an exhibition hall, but it burnt down in a fire.

One last look at the model at the Museum Collection Centre. The classical look may have been favoured in Victorian times, and in the Inter War period, but after the War architectural styles changed, and by the 1960s and '70s we got brutalist concrete buildings like Birmingham Central Library (1974-2013, demolished 2016). And now we have a mix of classical and modern buildings. The Municipal Bank was built on Broad Street in 1933, and that is now being converted for use by the Library of Birmingham. While HSBC UK at 1 Centenary Square, stands on the site of Central TV / ATV, which was formerly a Masonic Hall in classical style (also now demolished).

In 2015, for a time the model was on display at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, a long with drawings on the walls of proposed Birmingham buildings, and those that got built. It was about Birmingham's past redevelopments. This was the last time I saw the model in the museum, but I think I may have seen it in there once before. So the last time I saw it again was at the Museum Collection Centre in 2018.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

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The Construction of 2one2 Broad Street - April 2019

Construction has commenced at MODA Living's 2one2 Broad Street with the piling drills starting preparations for the foundations.

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Construction has commenced at MODA Living's 2one2 Broad Street with the piling drills starting preparations for the foundations.

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