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Elliott Brown Transport
31 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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The Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road, Edgbaston

The tail end of the Westside Metro extension is being built at Hagley Road in Edgbaston, just beyond Five Ways. It goes past the Morrisons supermarket and Starbucks Coffee and will end outside of the refurbished Fifty4 Hagley Road. As of late December 2020, they have laid the tracks but yet to build up the road or pavement surface around most of it. Photo gallery from 2017 - 2020.

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The Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road, Edgbaston





The tail end of the Westside Metro extension is being built at Hagley Road in Edgbaston, just beyond Five Ways. It goes past the Morrisons supermarket and Starbucks Coffee and will end outside of the refurbished Fifty4 Hagley Road. As of late December 2020, they have laid the tracks but yet to build up the road or pavement surface around most of it. Photo gallery from 2017 - 2020.


Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road

One day from the end of 2021 onwards, West Midlands Metro trams will emerge from the Five Ways underpass, coming from Broad Street. Then will come to the end of the extension on Hagley Road in Edgbaston, this takes it past the Morrisons supermarket, with Starbucks Coffee at the end. But will end at the tram stop that will be built outside of Fifty4 Hagley Road.

The Five Ways underpass has been closed to all traffic since 2019, and they have to go on a diversion around Five Ways Island.

Beyond the end of the line, it was proposed that Sprint would continue down Hagley Road, but not sure what has happened to that. It would take a very long time to extend the line even further (as far as Bearwood and Quinton), but that seems unlikely for now.

1st October 2017.

The view from the wide pavement outside of Tricorn House. I thought they could built the line here (at the time). View towards Morrisons and Fifty4 Hagley Road, near where the line would eventually be built in 2020.

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But they would eventually build the extension outside of Morrisons towards Starbucks Coffee.

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You can see how wide the pavement was at the time at this side of Hagley Road back in 2017. The bus stops, lampposts, etc would all have to go.

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A view towards the offices at Fifty4 Hagley Road. Just some barriers on the pavement. Trees and grass that would have to go.

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15th February 2018.

A bus ride from the top deck of the X10 NXWM Platinum bus, as it passed Morrisons and the Marriott Hotel (on the right).

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Cones in the middle of the road. Opposite was also a Pizza Hut Delivery place for take away.

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The bus leaves Hagley Road, heading down the Five Ways Underpass towards Broad Street.

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There was a digital billboard that you can see as you head under Five Ways Island.

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View from the bus in the Five Ways Underpass. A view runners of the Great Birmingham Run used to have until a few years ago. Broad Street is at the end of the white light!

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29th June 2019.

The view from the top of Hagley Road. The Five Ways Underpass to the left. It would be hard to get views of the Metro extension around the tunnel if you were on the pavement, especially with traffic going past.

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21st December 2019.

One way to see a view of the tram tracks being laid was from the top deck of a bus going around Five Ways Island. This view towards Hagley Road past The Lansdowne, early track laying progress. This was taken from the top deck of the no 24 NXWM Platinum bus. By now going on a diversion to the City Centre.

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23rd December 2019.

Saw these pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers just beyond Morrisons on the Hagley Road.

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There was also some pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers in front of Fifty4 Hagley Road. All of that grass and young trees have been removed for the extension in the year since.

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4th January 2020.

A view of the Five Ways Underpass with the tracks that had been laid. This was the view zoomed in from the window at Morrisons Cafe. This was my last photo of the extension on Hagley Road before the pandemic was declared, and we had those lockdowns and restrictions.

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31st July 2020.

With restrictions eased by the summer, I was back to work in the middle of July. On a day off I headed towards the Hagley Road on a warm day to see The Two Towers again. Was lots of cones and barriers on the right.

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There was also a lot of traffic trying to get past Fifty4 Hagley Road. As only one lane was open.

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25th October 2020.

I heard that the crossing on the Hagley Road near Starbucks was closed, so that day I went to have a drink and toastie inside of Starbucks. Then got these photos of the tracks that had been laid. A bit awkward with the fences in the way.

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Completed tracks emerging from the Five Ways underpass onto the Hagley Road, in from of Tricorn House and Cobalt Square.

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There was a bus stop in use on the left, but all other traffic had to go to the right.

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24th December 2020.

Christmas Eve, and I got off the no 1 bus on Highfield Road, and walked to Hagley Road to see the latest progress of the extension.  Starting from Fifty4 Hagley Road. This was near the old Birmingham 1 mile sign.

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Bit of a mess outside of Fifty4 Hagley Road, but there is tracks laid just up ahead.

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The tracks that have been installed in front of Barclays, towards Morrisons.

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Cross over tracks just beyond Starbucks. Bright sunshine.

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A path has been built towards Starbucks Coffee, with bricks in the middle. I'm not sure if they were open for takeaway or not.

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Tracks in the direction of Fifty4 Hagley Road, past Barclays. You can see the cross over tracks. A lot of litter needs to be picked up when they resume in January 2021.

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The tracks towards Morrisons. This was the wide pavement. Trees on the right survive next to the dry cleaning place.

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Last photo, of water logged tracks that come out of the Five Ways underpass. With traffic waiting on the Hagley Road, having just come on from Five Ways Island.

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27th December 2020.

The day after Boxing Day, I got the bus to Harborne, then caught a no 24 NXWM Platinum bus from Harborne Road, Edgbaston. Got the updated view of the tram tracks going in and out of the Five Ways underpass from Five Ways Island.

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The bus stopped at traffic lights, so was able to get a second view. The tracks heading towards Morrisons and Fifty4 Hagley Road. Seems to be concrete barriers in the middle for some reason.

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See also my Broad Street post.

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

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
27 Dec 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August to December 2020

The construction of One Centenary Way has seemed slow to start but such a massive foundation and lower structure takes time. The main steel is ready to rise fast now though as the building starts to appear from behind the hordings. August to December 19th covered in this photo update.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August to December 2020





The construction of One Centenary Way has seemed slow to start but such a massive foundation and lower structure takes time. The main steel is ready to rise fast now though as the building starts to appear from behind the hordings. August to December 19th covered in this photo update.


20th August 2020

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30th August 2020

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19th September 2020

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27th September 2020

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4th October 2020

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25th October 2020

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5th November 2020

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7th November 2020

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24th November 2020

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1st December 2020

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5th December 2020

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19th December 2020

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

There are now nearly 200 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: One Centenary Way Full Construction Photo Gallery

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23 Dec 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Amendments In For Major Digbeth Scheme

Amended plans have recently arrived for the eagerly anticipated redevelopment of Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth.

Brought forward by developer Cole Waterhouse, we've prepared a thorough lowdown on each individual phase of this once-in-a-lifetime scheme, with exclusive renderings from the architect, Corstorphine+Wright. 

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Amendments In For Major Digbeth Scheme





Amended plans have recently arrived for the eagerly anticipated redevelopment of Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth.

Brought forward by developer Cole Waterhouse, we've prepared a thorough lowdown on each individual phase of this once-in-a-lifetime scheme, with exclusive renderings from the architect, Corstorphine+Wright. 


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The site seeks to deliver:

  • 943 new homes (Private sale/ BTR/ affordable); 
  • A 133 bed Hotel (subject to occupier demand);
  • 6K sqm of ground floor cultural and commercial space;
  • Public open spaces; 
  • Public artworks;
  • A network of new yards and squares;
  • Restoration of Lock Keepers Cottage & Pump House.
  • Erection of NINE new buildings.

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The site will undergo large scale (potentially phased) demolition works, with key buildings retained, enhanced and celebrated within these new plans. 
 
PHASE 1:
Blocks A, B, C; Makers' Yard, Passage & Upper Trinity Street.
 
Block A: 16 floors, 23,876 sqft commercial & 151 units (1-2 beds/5 three-bed duplexes)
Block B: 15 floors, 13,748 sqft commercial & 127 units (1-3 beds)
Block C: 15 floors, 98 units (1-2 beds) & 3,535 sqft commercial.
= 376 homes.
 
 

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Running alongside Upper Trinity Street and adjacent the viaducts, these midrise blocks will provide a vibrant central spine through the development. 

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At the heart of it all will sit the Makers’ Yards: multi-level creative studios, workspace & facilities and outdoor amenity spaces for residents..

Makers' Yard will sit above a basement car park and will be accessed from both Upper Trinity Street & the restored Pump House Passage.

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Pump House Passage (#2 on the above legend)

This space will become a key north-south route within the redevelopment; it'll connect Adderley Yard to Pump House Park (#5) and will also provide links to Makers' Yard and future links into adjacent developments.

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PHASE 2:
Blocks E, F, G; Bowyer Yard & Pump House Park.
 
Block E: 11 storeys, 4,790 sqft commercial & 67 units (1-2 beds/2 duplexes)
Block F: 7 storeys, 55 units (1-2 beds/4 duplexes) & 1,023 sqft commercial.
Block G: 5-7 storeys, 2,572 sqft commercial & 87 units (1-2 beds/10 duplexes)
= 209 homes
 
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These blocks compliment the areas current & past industrial heritage. The saw-tooth industrial roofscape enables additional living space without the need for an increase in height.

Vibrancy will be brought to these blocks as live/ work street units linking through to an unlocked Bowyer Street.

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Featuring the locally listed, Lock Keepers Cottage, this 18th century building within Pump House Park will be re-purposed and brought back into use for the community, complete with gardens.

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Bowyer Yard will be a private contemplative space that relates to the live/work uses within the surrounding buildings.
 
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PHASE 3:
Block J & the completion of Adderley Yard.
 
Block J: 19 floors, 5,296 sqft commercial & 124 units (1-2 beds/2 duplexes).
 
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Block J will provide a gateway for the proposed new buildings set to spring up on Adderley Street and will also front onto the future Midland Metro tram stop.

Overlooking the new public realm at Adderley Yard, Block J will reach 19 storeys, and will feature a punctuated facade design, roof gardens, covered terraces and amenity spaces.

BEFORE:

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Adderley Yard will become the entrance of the new redevelopment. Digbethian in vibe, it'll become a lively area that will see Dead Wax retained and made a major focal point of the new yard. 

Artworks & murals will visually connect the area along with themed bespoke street furniture.

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PHASE 4:
Block H
 
Block H. 32 floors, 234 units (1-2 beds), 9,743 sqft commercial, 1,624 sqft amenities & 2,323 gym space.
 
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On the corner of Adderley Yard and Upper Trinity Street stands the most prominent gateway building that identifies the Upper Trinity Street development.

Reaching 32 storeys in height, it'll feature an 8 storey shoulder element to Adderley Yard and UTS, before transitioning down from the corner to lower adjacent buildings.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Amenity spaces will be at level 01 overlooking Adderley Yard, and level 7.

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PHASE 5 (flexible):
Hotel 
 
Block D: 8 storey, 133 bed Hotel & 266 sqm flexible commercial.
 
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This standalone building will provide a strong identity for Digbeth. It'll sit overlooking new green infrastructure surrounding it in Pump House Park & adjacent at Duddleston Skypark.

Its artwork facade will now become a permanent installation, with the facade to be commissioned by an artist.

Subject to occupier demand, this will remain flexible until further notice.

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VEHICULAR & CYCLE PARKING

Given the site's proximity to the city centre and with major transport connections nearby and with the tram set to run within the area soon, the site will see 7% car parking provision.

Basement parking for 66 is to be provided beneath blocks A-C. 28 of the spaces will be for mobility purposes; cycle storage will be located throughout the site at a rate of 1/per unit.

FUTURE MASSING & THE 'SKYPARK'.

The 2.5km Duddeston Viaduct Skypark aka 'The Brummie Highline' is a major opportunity to provide a new linear park within Digbeth - and one that will provide a connecting link between UTS and beyond.

The aspiration to turn the disused viaduct park into a 'highline' has long been established within the HS2 Curzon Masterplan and the Big City Plan.

Running along Upper Trinity Street to Montague Street as it does, we'll see high quality public space & event areas. Watch this space for this one!

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PROJECT TEAM:

DEVELOPER: Cole Waterhouse
ARCHITECTS: Corstorphine + Wright/ Exterior Architecture Landscape
PROJECT MANAGER/ QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Henry Riley LLP
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Barton Willmore
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Renaissance Associates 
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL (M&E): Novo Integration 
TRANSPORT: Mode Transport Planning
All images are the property of Corstorphine + Wright Architects.
 
TWITTER: Buildsweare
INSTAGRAM: Itsyourbirmingham

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - December 2020

The finished 103 Colmore Row looks oustanding and almost surreal, as if computer generated!

A fantastic gallery of December photos in this update from Elliott and Daniel.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - December 2020





The finished 103 Colmore Row looks oustanding and almost surreal, as if computer generated!

A fantastic gallery of December photos in this update from Elliott and Daniel.


23rd November 2020

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Photo by Daniel Sturley

4th December 2020

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Photos by Elliott Brown

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Photo by Daniel Sturley

5th December 2020

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6th December 2020

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7th December 2020

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11th December 2020

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12th December 2020

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14th December 2020

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19th December 2020

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Photos by Elliott Brown

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21st December 2020

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Photo by Elliott Brown

22nd December 2020

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Photo by Elliott Brown

There are now over 1300 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: 103 Colmore Row Full Construction Gallery

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The Construction of The Mercian - December Photo Update

The concrete core of The Mercian is now complete and the main structure is fast catching up, top out at floor 42 soon! Photos in this update start on 7th November and cover up to the 19th December (above from Highgate).

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The Construction of The Mercian - December Photo Update





The concrete core of The Mercian is now complete and the main structure is fast catching up, top out at floor 42 soon! Photos in this update start on 7th November and cover up to the 19th December (above from Highgate).


7th November 2020

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13th November 2020

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15th November 2020

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18th November 2020

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19th November 2020

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20th November 2020

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23rd November 2020

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26th November 2020

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1st December 2020

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4th December 2020

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10th December 2020

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10th December 2020

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17th December 2020

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19th December 2020

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Photos 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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