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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
18 Jan 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Selly Oak Student Scheme: Amended Plans

REVISED plans have gone in for a 510-bed canalside student redevelopment on Elliott Road, Selly Oak.

With a new architect also on board, the scheme has been drastically improved to directly connect to arguably Birmingham's biggest asset - its canal system.

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Selly Oak Student Scheme: Amended Plans





REVISED plans have gone in for a 510-bed canalside student redevelopment on Elliott Road, Selly Oak.

With a new architect also on board, the scheme has been drastically improved to directly connect to arguably Birmingham's biggest asset - its canal system.


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Located at ‘Selly Oak Industrial Estate, Units 5-8, Elliott Road‘, the amended proposal - brought forward by Watkins Jones Group - will see the site reconnect with arguably Birmingham’s biggest asset - its canal, through the demolition of vacant industrial builds (as seen above) before redevelopment can deliver:

  • Part 5-8 storey accommodation;
  • 510 student beds (130 studios/380 clusters);
  • 11 contemporary townhouses along Elliott Road;
  • Central courtyard gardens;
  • Secure Indoor & outdoor amenity spaces;
  • Zero parking/ 128 cycles;
  • NEW fluid connections to the canal towpath and beyond.

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With a new design team in place, Glenn Howells Architects & Layer Studio Landscape have set about delivering on three main principles in redesigning the scheme. These are:

  • Establishing a fluid connection to the Canal;
  • Creating a green campus;
  • Providing connected routes all around the site.

An expansive courtyard garden will become the beating heart of the scheme, providing students with sufficient space to study and relax - or simply to collect their bike before venturing out and about. 

Lively amenity spaces (gym, lounges and study spaces) will be located at ground floor level, with the area set to bring much-needed activity and interest to the canal system and its new area of public realm.

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Eleven contemporary townhouses will be positioned along Elliott Road - these have been purposely designed in response to the scale and context of the neighbouring area.

Before & after:

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With considerable demand for PBSA in Selly Oak and across the city, Fresh Student Living - formed in 2010 by Watkins Jones Group - will operate the scheme if/when the scheme gets the go-ahead in the coming months.

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Certainly one to keep an eye on!

All images the property of Glenn Howells Architects

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
11 Jan 2021 - Daniel Sturley
News & Updates

The Construction of The Mercian - Early January 2021 Update

The Mercian on Broad Street is nearing structural completion as the core is finished at floor 42, reaching its full height, the slip-form being removed over the weekend. The main structure is soon to rise again with final top-out not far away now. Above: The Mercian on the Westside city skyline on 10th January 2021.

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The Construction of The Mercian - Early January 2021 Update





The Mercian on Broad Street is nearing structural completion as the core is finished at floor 42, reaching its full height, the slip-form being removed over the weekend. The main structure is soon to rise again with final top-out not far away now. Above: The Mercian on the Westside city skyline on 10th January 2021.


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21st December - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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24th December - Photo by Elliott Brown

 

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25th December - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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27th December - Photo by Elliott Brown

 

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27th December - Photo by Elliott Brown

 

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31st December - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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1st January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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1st January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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1st January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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1st January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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3rd January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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7th January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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8th January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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9th January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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10th January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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8th January 2021 - Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

There are now nearly 1000 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: The Mercian Full Construction Gallery.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
07 Jan 2021 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

APPROVED: Bradford Street/Moseley Road

A residential redevelopment comprising 78 apartments has today been approved for Digbeth.

Brought forward by Home Nation Ltd & designed by K4 Architects, the site is located at the junction of Bradford Street & Moseley Road - and within the Rea Valley Urban Quarter.

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APPROVED: Bradford Street/Moseley Road





A residential redevelopment comprising 78 apartments has today been approved for Digbeth.

Brought forward by Home Nation Ltd & designed by K4 Architects, the site is located at the junction of Bradford Street & Moseley Road - and within the Rea Valley Urban Quarter.


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Another residential scheme for Digbeth has been approved! Another grim, vacant plot set to be redeveloped!

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Currently, home to a retail unit and a dwelling at 5 & 11 Moseley Street, Home Nation Ltd last year acquired the site off Rochda Ltd, and with committee overwhelmingly backing the proposals, the site is free to be demolished.

Although objections were raised by local residents and groups regarding scale, massing and materiality, committee considered the proposal a real positive addition to the city in a prominent corner location that badly needs reviving!

PLANS

The site will see a part 5, 6 & 8 storey apartment block, and the retention & restoration of a listed workshop at the rear - delivering 78 one, two and three bedroom units (40sqm to 88sqm) in a range of variants that will cater for one, two, three, four and five persons.

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A central courtyard area will add external communal amenity space for residents’, alongside roof gardens/private external amenity space on the upper levels.

The two storey listed building on site will be fully restored (great news!) and will keep much, if not all, of its original features, where possible.

It’ll be converted into 2 two bed/four person apartments and will become a major focal point of the new courtyard.

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CURRENT STATE
 
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The principal building will be constructed in a series of blue brick piers, setting out a grid of full height window bays. Louvres to the top of windows feature throughout the building with stone cast sills.

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Zero on-site car parking spaces is provided, however, a cycle store with 78 cycle spaces will be incorporated instead.

An appraisal of the applicant’s viability report shows that eight (10.26%) apartments will be available for low-cost home ownership, subject to a s106 legal agreement.

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The development was approved 6-2.  Watch this space for more updates on this project!

All drawings & renderings the property of K4 Architects.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
07 Jan 2021 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

APPROVED: 48-storey Irish Tower

Irish Tower has now been approved!

The developer is now free to replace an unattractive, vacant site by delivering 454 build to rent apartments within a 48 storey leaf-shaped skyscraper.

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APPROVED: 48-storey Irish Tower





Irish Tower has now been approved!

The developer is now free to replace an unattractive, vacant site by delivering 454 build to rent apartments within a 48 storey leaf-shaped skyscraper.


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This highly sustainable site, in dire need of investment, is now free - subject to a S106 legal agreement & safeguarding conditions - to deliver 181 one & 273 two bedroom apartments (1-4 persons) alongside around 10K of amenity spaces.

Ground floor, mezzanine, first floor, and a landmark 48th floor Sky Lounge will provide the amenity for residents; although not confirmed, these are likely to contain lounges, co-working space, dining areas, a cinema room, and an exclusive bar for inhabitants.

STONE YARD (WEST) CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

Developer Court Collaboration and Birmingham City Council have also agreed, via a TRO process, that Stone Yard (West) be closed to vehicular traffic, thus allowing for £526,422 of all-important improvements to be made to the public realm.

The space will be open for pedestrians and cyclists and will tie in with future developments and the imminent Midland Metro Tram expansion along High Street–all set to kick off this year.

So, for those reasons above, Irish Tower will be a car-free affair; however, a minimum 122 cycle parking spaces will be provided - amounting to 35% provision.

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'48 STOREY DEEMED ACCEPTABLE'

The principle of a 48 storey development was deemed acceptable from the outset.

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It's also accepted that it will cause less than substantial harm to the setting of both conservation areas and several designated and non-designated heritage assets in the area. 

With additional information submitted to address concerns raised, councillors too accepted that the public benefits outweigh the harm identified. Those benefits include:

  • A recognisable landmark building that will contribute to the legibility of the city in an area set to undergo transformational change in the near future;
  • Enhancing the street scene with the removal of run-down buildings;
  • Introduction of a new area of public realm - one that adheres to the aspirations of the Rea Valley Urban Quarter SPD.
  • Green roofs to help biodiversity;
  • 454 much needed new homes;
  • Resident spending by helping to sustain shops and businesses in the area;
  • Increased jobs within the industry offering apprenticeships and training opportunities.

BUT WHY BUILD TALL HERE?

Since the High Places document was first adopted in 2003, more advice on talls has been provided in the Big City Plan (2011), Birmingham Development Plan (2017) and the Rea Valley Urban Quarter SPD (2019). These policy documents advise that tall buildings beyond the designated zone may be permitted. 

It is highlighted that High Street Deritend "presents the opportunity to create a street of city scale with a strong identity and character”, with good quality design and connectivity. 

As part of this vision, the Council's BDP includes this area in city centre policies & stipulates that existing buildings that detract from the quality of the place should be replaced - reflected here in the demolition of the former Irish Centre.

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As we already know, several tall buildings have already been permitted along the route of this street - think Connaught Square, Lunar Rise, etc.

It's also widely acknowledged that the adjacent Digbeth Quarter is a separate quarter, with its own distinct character.

AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

Perhaps a slight disappointmenthere is that Irish Tower cannot sustain the preferred 35% affordable housing contribution without rendering the development unviable to proceed with.

However, 14 units (3%) WILL be made available for 'affordable private rent' at 80% of market rent in perpetuity.

Given the public realm improvements also factored in and costing over half a million, this reflects an equivalent financial provision of 6%.

If the public realm works costs well below the total above, then the remaining monies will be used towards off-site affordable housing.

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All images are the property of Glancy Nicholls Architects.

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Elliott Brown Transport
31 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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The Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street

Despite the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, there has been a lot ot progress on the Westside Metro Extension from Centenary Square towards the Hagley Road, just beyond Five Ways in Edgbaston. Here we will look at the building of it from April 2015 to December 2020 on Broad Street with gaps from Feb to July 2020 and Nov 2020 due to the lockdowns.

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The Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street





Despite the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, there has been a lot ot progress on the Westside Metro Extension from Centenary Square towards the Hagley Road, just beyond Five Ways in Edgbaston. Here we will look at the building of it from April 2015 to December 2020 on Broad Street with gaps from Feb to July 2020 and Nov 2020 due to the lockdowns.


Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street

Most progress was done during the various lockdowns in 2020. Especially in the months where I was unable to travel to the City Centre (until I had to go back to work in July). I also missed November (2nd lockdown, until I went back to work). Didn't really get around to checking the extension out again until late December 2020.

They have started to install Brindleyplace Tram Stop. I had a walk down on Broad Street on Christmas Eve to see it.

Enjoy this photo gallery from April 2015 to December 2020. Track laying began at the end of 2019, and they made a lot of progress during 2020, while Westside was quiet.

25th April 2015.

In April 2015, early signs on Broad Street of utility works between the future site of The Bank and The Mercian.

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A lorry and van from the National Grid were on site in front of Zara's starting to move the undeground pipes and cables.

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5th April 2017.

Just under the link bridge from the Hyatt to Symphony Hall. More utility diverence works. This time by Pier (UK) Ltd.

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10th February 2018.

This view of Broad Street zoomed in from the Library of Birmingham's Secret Garden. Buses were still going up and down Broad Street at the time. This was close to Lee Longlands and Novotel.

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15th February 2018.

Views from the top deck of the X10 NXWM Platinum bus, emerging from the Five Ways Underpass near the Five Ways Complex.

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Was a lot of traffic here due to the roadworks close to Pryzm.

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Traffic was diverted around to the right, with temporary traffic lights. Welcome to the City Centre.

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It's hard to imagine Broad Street like this now, as it's been closed to traffic since 2019.

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There was even a big hole in the road near Uber, at the corner of Ryland Street.

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26th March 2018.

I was on a no 23 NXWM Platinum bus on the top deck, while the 24 was in front. Cones in the middle of the road, while more utilities were diverted near the O Bar.

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Near the end of Broad Street approaching Centenary Square, and about to go under the link bridge from Symphony Hall to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham. This view would change a lot in the follow two years.

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21st December 2019.

View from the no 24 National Express West Midlands Platinum bus from the top deck, looking towards Broad Street from Five Ways Island. Tracks had already been laid in the Five Ways underpass from Hagley Road to Broad Street.

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3rd February 2020.

The road had been dug up and was gates at certain sections, near where pedestrians could cross the road. This was near the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex towards the Five Ways Complex.

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22nd February 2020.

The footpath near Symphony Hall was closed, you had to cross through the temporary path towards the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

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Between Regency Wharf and Symphony Hall, it looked like a warzone! No road surface.

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Towards Centenary Square, you can see Library Tram Stop in the distance.

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14th July 2020.

First time back on Broad Street for about 4 months due to the first lockdown (I'd gone back to work). Tram tracks had been laid near Reflex '80s Bar (The Crown), Walkabout and towards The Brasshouse.

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25th July 2020.

Tracks going all the way past Cineworld on Broad Street, down into the underpass below Five Ways Island.

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The other side of the fence up Broad Street past the Five Ways Complex, towards The Bank, The Mercian and the Hampton by Hilton Hotel (Cumberland House).

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29th August 2020.

Near Regency Wharf and the Solomon Cutler Wetherspoon. The road surface had yet to be filled up.

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12th September 2020.

You could now walk down the middle of Broad Street. They were now doing the paving in front of the O Bar and Walkabout. As well as the paving on the Black Sabbath Bridge.

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Near the Solomon Cutler Wetherspoon at Regency Wharf. You could walk over part of the track that goes towards Five Ways.

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16th September 2020.

Now you can see the track that was installed to connect to the end of the current line at Library Tram Stop.

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From Centenary Square at Library Tram Stop, where the tracks are connected to the existing line.

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19th October 2020.

Near Brindleyplace, Free Radio and Popworld.

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The tracks and the road surface were more or less complete near the Five Ways Complex.

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25th October 2020.

My last major walk of the Westside Metro extension before the 2nd lockdown was announced. Seen here near Cineworld (which had closed down again) and Pryzm at the Five Ways Complex.

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The freshly laid road surface not far from Revolution.

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Autumn leaves on the tracks near Dil Bar Indian Restaurant.

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Paving works between Symphony Hall and the Solomon Cutler at Regency Wharf. You could walk down the tracks.

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They had already started to lay bricks on the new tracks near Centenary Square, with this view of the Library of Birmingham.

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They had made a lot of progress since my previous update of this view, looked almost finished.

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19th December 2020.

Headed to the Black Sabbath Bridge, as the Black Sabbath Bench is now back in place. Brickwork towards Walkabout and O Bar is now complete.

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Looking towards The Brasshouse and Three Brindleyplace. All it needs now is the four Broad Street Walk of Stars of the Black Sabbath members to be laid, but that would mean removing the newly laid bricks!

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24th December 2020. 

The view on Broad Street towards Five Ways. Cineworld has been closed since the middle of October. Buses have to divert down Ryland Street.

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Similar to the October view, but all the autumn leaves have long since been cleared up.

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Towards the so called Broad Street Cluster.

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There is the usual shutdown over the Christmas holidays.

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Can walk down the middle of the tracks past Novotel and Travelodge.

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First view of Brindleyplace Tram Stop near Free Radio and Popworld.

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The start of the building of the tram platforms near Brindleyplace.

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Towards the Black Sabbath Bridge with what was The Crown ('80s Reflex Bar) and The ICC.

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A lot of strong winter sunshine on Broad Street, was close to Walkabout here.

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Looking back at the Black Sabbath Bridge.

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Towards Centenary Square, the link bridge from Symphony Hall to the Hyatt.

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From just in front of Library Tram Stop, the Westside Metro extension to Five Ways starts here.

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27th December 2020.

View of Broad Street from Five Ways Island on the no 24 NXWM Platinum bus towards the so called Broad Street Cluster. Tracks below emerging from the Five Ways underpass. I expect they will build a tram stop near Cineworld sometime in 2021.

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Also check out my Hagley Road, Edgbaston post .

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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