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19 hours ago - Elliott Brown
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Chamberlain Square from Birmingham Central Library in 2010 to Paradise Birmingham in 2020

A look at the changes in Chamberlain Square over a 10 year period. Starting with what it looked liked in 2010 when Birmingham Central Library was still standing. Through the demolition works in 2016 and construction of 1 & 2 Chamberlain Square from 2017 to 2020. Since lockdown I've not been able to get into town. So my last photo was earlier in March 2020.

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Chamberlain Square from Birmingham Central Library in 2010 to Paradise Birmingham in 2020





A look at the changes in Chamberlain Square over a 10 year period. Starting with what it looked liked in 2010 when Birmingham Central Library was still standing. Through the demolition works in 2016 and construction of 1 & 2 Chamberlain Square from 2017 to 2020. Since lockdown I've not been able to get into town. So my last photo was earlier in March 2020.


2010

Birmingham Central Library in Chamberlain Square during February 2010. From the John Madin Design Group. Built 1969-74. Known as the Ziggurat. The Chamberlain Memorial has seen all the changes since it was erected in October 1880 in honour of the Mayor of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain. He was also an Member of Parliament. Paradise Forum (behind) would remain open until 2015.

2015

Paradise Birmingham had put up hoardings around the former Central Library by February 2015. The Library closed in 2013 before the Library of Birmingham opened in Centenary Square during September 2013. Paradise Forum closed was closed forever by January or February 2015. The shops and restaurants etc inside were closed by the end of 2014. Goodby to McDonald's and Wetherspoon's. This was one of the last times you could see the street art called Todo Es Posible by the artist Lucy McLaughlan, before the library was knocked down.

2016

Demolition of Birmingham Central Library started in December 2015.

January 2016. The lefthand side of the old library with layers of concrete stripped away.

February 2016. Reaching the middle to the righthand side of the old library. More layers of concrete had gone.

Several weeks later and they continued to gut the library.

March 2016. More chunks of the inner courtyard area being crunched away.

May 2016. More and more layers had gone as they would split the library in half. Was better to see from Centenary Square / Centenary Way at the time.

If you went a few steps to the right, there was a good view through the split library in half of the new Library of Birmingham.

And if you went up the steps of BM & AG in Chamberlain Square, the view was even better.

June 2016. One month on, and the concrete curtain kept opening wider, and the view of the Library of Birmingham would get better and better.

August 2016. There was a window in the hoardings at Chamberlain Square, and you could look through it at the time. Only a slither of the old library left on the left, just behind the Chamberlain Memorial. Maybe also a bit to the far right.

October 2016. Still the bits to the far left and right to knock down by this point. So the demolition of the library wasn't quite finished.

2017

January 2017. New Years Day 2017 and there was nothing left of the Library. Cranes down before construction began of One Chamberlain Square.

You could see the new Library of Birmingham from Chamberlain Square, as well as Baskerville House and The Copthorne Hotel.

March 2017. Early signs of construction of One Chamberlain Square to the right by Carillion.

May 2017. One Chamberlain Square starts to rise.

July 2017. Access to Chamberlain Square was blocked off, but you could go around the back of the Council House to get into the Museum & Art Gallery via Eden Place and what was Edmund Street. Chamberlain Square entrance was still open at the time.

September 2017. One Chamberlain Square continues to rise up, but Chamberlain Square was still closed from Victoria Square.

November 2017. Chamberlain Square was reopened with the closure of Fletchers Walk, and the opening of Centenary Way to Centenary Square (for the first time in 2 years).

December 2017. More cladding had gone up about halfway on One Chamberlain Square.

2018

July 2018. Carillion went bust in January 2018. So construction didn't resume until BAM took over. BAM were also responsible for building Two Chamberlain Square, which was underway by the summer of 2018.

2019

March 2019. Two Chamberlain Square had reached the top, and the glass cladding was going up. Made some nice reflections of BM & AG and Big Brum from here.

October 2019. From Victoria Square with the Town Hall, then Two and One Chamberlain Square. Council House to the right. Chamberlain Memorial will all new surroundings.

A few days later and a walk past Chamberlain Square, with both Two and One Chamberlain Square looking complete.

2020

February 2020. A nightshot taken after my visit to The BCAG. One Chamberlain Square was now open.

March 2020. My last photo before the lockdown. Taken at the beginning of the month. Public realm works were underway.

Since the lockdown started, I have not been able to travel into the City Centre. As you can not go on the bus or train. I don't drive a car, or ride a bike, and it would be too far to walk.

So look out for updates from Daniel or Stephen.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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04 Jun 2020 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

APPROVED: A Scientific Research Facility & a new University Rail Station!

Approval has been granted today for two major developments over at the University of Birmingham.

Exciting times for the city, and for the region as a whole.

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APPROVED: A Scientific Research Facility & a new University Rail Station!





Approval has been granted today for two major developments over at the University of Birmingham.

Exciting times for the city, and for the region as a whole.


RAIL: UNIVERSITY STATION - UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Decision: Approved

Birmingham Interactive Development Map

The new station comes when the existing station currently struggles with over capacity.

It was built in the 1970s as part of the introduction of the Cross-City Line and was designed for accommodate 400,000 passengers per year and, except for some modifications in the 1990s during electrification, it has remained fairly untouched since.

Today, the station is used by approximately 3.48 million passengers per year, with numbers expected to top 7 million passengers by 2043.

To significantly accommodate and meet these increased capacity requirements, a new station is needed, which will now deliver:

  • Enhanced passenger facilities & improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • A new footbridge over the canal linking University of Birmingham campus to the new station;
  • Improved & upgraded amenities (changing rooms/retail etc) and more efficient operation, reducing over-crowding;
  • Wider platforms with longer canopies, lift access & heated waiting rooms;
  • Large public open space improving the approach to the station;
  • A spacious new public realm area linking the existing station to the new entrance which includes pick up/drop off and cycle storage facilities.

The existing station building will not be totally demolished, the exit will be refurbished and incorporated into the project and used to facilitate a safe, fluid passenger flow across the site, as seen below.

No passenger car parking is included in these plans, however, four spaces for staff (including 1 accessible) will be provided and located adjacent to the main entrance.

27 trees will have to be removed as part of plans; to mitigate their loss, 18 are scheduled to be planted within the landscaped public space, with a potential 60 planted to the rear of Platform 2, as seen below. 

EDU: UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM - MOLECULAR SCIENCES, PHASE 1
(University of BirminghamAssociated Architects)
Decision: Approved subject to a section 106 agreement
 
 

Also approved!

This 12,790 sqm modular sciences academic building will comprise of a world class research facility.

The development forms the first phase by the University of Birmingham to create a flagship facility for world class scientific research, with this project specifically delivering flexible science space, with a focus on thematic research.

Part 6/7 storeys tall, the new building will accommodate up to 500-600 people and will primarily focus on chemical, environmental and biomolecular sciences within post-graduate and academic research. 

The School of Chemistry, a team of environmental scientists from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES), and a postgraduate research student centre will relocate to the site.

A range of specialist lab spaces for Chemistry & GEES research will be incorporated;

  • Synthetic chemistry – fume cupboard intense primary labs;
  • Specialist labs including NMR & MRI, Mass Spec & Chromatography, Laser Labs, Cell Biology etc;
  • Academic and open-plan offices, meeting rooms;
  • Post-Graduate Research Hub

The building will also comprise of lecture, tutorial and research rooms, breakout spaces, Skype rooms, plus waste and containment rooms.

Outside, a new landscaped plaza will be created with significant new tree planting. A new cycle route is also proposed with new covered spaces for a minimum 23 cycles. Three accessible parking bays will be included.

Words by Stephen Giles, with exclusive artists impressions from Associated Architects

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03 Jun 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Square: A new 110m tall for Broad Street

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The Square: A new 110m tall for Broad Street






Plans will see the delivery of three new buildings comprising of a 3*, 8-storey Hotel of up to 231 rooms and 440 build to rent (BTR) apartments across two adjoined residential blocks of 35 (110.85m) and 6 storeys.

The redevelopment is being brought forward by 2020 Living Ltd, otherwise known as Taylor Grange Developments, and has been designed by Corstorphine+Wright.

The Square will be introduced into the emerging Broad Street cluster and will provide a new yardstick for community living in the city

A multitude of amenities will be on offer here as part of the BTR package, with secure unprecedented access to top-of-the-range internal and external amenity offerings totalling 1185.8 sqm.

The Hotel will also feature flexible commercial usages, which will likely contain a bar or restaurant on the ground floor.

For residents, however, both residential builds will be adjoined via a shared podium, as seen above and below; amenities will feature a 200m running track within the courtyard, wellbeing facilities, gym & café space, cinema/party room, dining and lounge areas, a crèche, plus work and meeting spaces.

An inner courtyard will provide external green space offering different zones to either work or play. It will become a place to promote wellbeing and healthy activity, whether through exercise regimes or just a place to chill out and relax in the outdoor seating areas.

Fitness stations will be located on the perimeter for those with regimes to maintain. As the project evolves, there will most certainly be opportunities for enhanced fitness offerings here.

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Additional private amenity space will be provided within the crown of the 35-storey. It will offer a continuous 6m cantilevered brick colonnade framing a 360-degree roof terrace that will be lit up at night.

WHAT ABOUT THE RESIDENTIAL MIX?

The residential mix will see a total of 46.4% one-bedroom apartments and 53.6% two-bedroom apartments. The entire mix currently includes 204 one (102 1B1P/ 102 1B2P) and 236 two bed (192 2B3P/ 44 2B4P) - totalling 440.

PARKING & ACCESS

Given the sustainable location of the site, only four EV (electric vehicle) bays will be designated for residents. These will be accessed via the hotels under croft.

168 cycle spaces will be available within Building A, where a dedicated cycle workshop will also be provided.

Access into the residential part of the site will be from Ryland Street, with an area of public realm on the corner providing a clear entrance to the ground floor reception.

Access into the Hotel will be directly off Grosvenor Street West with a clear through route linking into the courtyard for shared amenities between residents and guests. 

Designated lay-by space for drop offs will be accessed on Grosvenor Street West.

A total of 7 trees will also be removed to facilitate the development, with 4 being retained. 40 new trees will be planted as part of these new plans.

WHY THIS SITE?

The principle of residential for the site was established back in 2017 through a prior approval application; fortunately, a change of use from offices never materialised, hence this proposal.

Occupied in some quarters, all builds are around 3-4 storeys and are now deemed unsuitable for commercial tenants. These will be demolished should planning consent be granted.

Before & After:

The Public Consultation Period for this proposal ends on July 2nd 2020. Be sure to comment on the application

Words by Stephen Giles, with exclusive artists impressions from Corstorphine+Wright.

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31 May 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Paradise: Transformation of the Public Realm

Earlier in the week we posted a little update on our Instagram showcasing the current progress acoss the civic heart of Birmingham: Chamberlain Square.

Public realm works continue across the site and it is of the highest quality!

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Paradise: Transformation of the Public Realm





Earlier in the week we posted a little update on our Instagram showcasing the current progress acoss the civic heart of Birmingham: Chamberlain Square.

Public realm works continue across the site and it is of the highest quality!


New lighting has appeared on Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), with new paving continuing near the Town Hall.

Next on the agenda will see the restoration and refurbishment of the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial.

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry (IYB)

Instagram post: @Itsyourbirmingham

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24 May 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham, Cranes Across the City - May Update

Sometimes it's just easier to put the crane on the top of the concrete core, here one atop 103 Colmore Row, see more if this and many other crane photos in this update covering April and May 2020.

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Birmingham, Cranes Across the City - May Update





Sometimes it's just easier to put the crane on the top of the concrete core, here one atop 103 Colmore Row, see more if this and many other crane photos in this update covering April and May 2020.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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