Birmingham - the place-making journey (with community for community)

Let's grow this city together! That's the message from Birmingham's community. We're here to oblige with a massive collaboration of community in tracking their place.

Birmingham is undergoing huge change and location by location, we are taking a look at a) the past, b) the present, and most importantly, c) the future.

We will use imagery and, increasing, more innovative tech to show how places can change and how community can be engaged and involved in this change.

As this place-making and place-shaping partnership between business, the council and the community grows, we will use our collaborative space and our digital tools to open up features specific to each of the locations we cover.


103 Colmore Row

The NatWest Tower at 103 Colmore Row was built from 1973 to 1976 to the Brutalist designs of John Madin. But by the 2000s the building had been empty for quite some time. It was eventually demolished between 2015 and 2018. Construction of the new 103 Colmore Row began in 2019 and was completed in 2021. It opened in 2022.

103 Colmore Row103 Colmore Row in 2015 and 2022 from the Secret Garden, Library of Birmingham. Photography by Elliott Brown


Paradise in the city centre

This is an area covering Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square and a major development in Birmingham.

Paradise Birmingham from 2013, 2017, 2020 and 2022. Discovery Terrace, Library of Birmingham view. Photography by Elliott Brown


Paradise Circus (then)

View to Birmingham Central Library from the Skyline Viewpoint, Level 9 at the Library of Birmingham, September 2013. Photography by Elliott Brown


Paradise (now)

Paradise Birmingham from the 18th floor balcony at 103 Colmore Row, Key to the City, July 2022. Photography by Elliott Brown


Paradise (the future)

What does the future have in store.


Broad Street in Westside

Broad Street from the Secret Garden, Library of Birmingham in 2013, preliminary Metro works in 2018,  a couple of days before and after the Metro extension opened on the 15th and 20th July 2022. Photography by Elliott Brown


Smithfield in Southside

Birmingham 2022 at Smithfield. View from 103 Colmore Row, Key to the City, June 2022. Photography by Elliott Brown


Victoria Square

During Key to the City, the View from 103 Colmore Row, 18th floor balcony. June, July and August 2022 in Victoria Square.

Victoria SquareVictoria Square, View from 103 Colmore Row, Key to the City from June to August 2022. Photography by Elliott Brown


City Centre Gardens

12 months difference, 13th August in 2021 (no heatwave) and the same day a year later in 2022 (heatwave and a drought). Not much rain in the summer shows how dry the grass is now.

City Centre GardensCity Centre Gardens on the 13th August in 2021 and 2022 from the Library of Birmingham, Discovery Terrace. Photography by Elliott Brown


Cambridge Street pizza island

Maintained over the years by Cofton Nursery. This roundabout is behind The REP, and can be seen from above from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham. Can see the changes when a heatwave is on.

Cambridge St islandCambridge Street island in 2013, 2018 and 2022, from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham. Photography by Elliott Brown

Project dates

21 Jul 2022 - On-going


Construction & regeneration, People & community


Your Place Your Space

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520