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People & community
03 Sep 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The 'Golden Men' of Birmingham - Boulton, Watt & Murdoch

Here, with the help of People with Passion, we pay tribute to 3 great industrialists and entrepreneurs who contributed greatly to the city's prosperity during the 18th century. Their monument, in Centenary Square until summer 2017 was known locally as the 'Golden Men' and also 'The Carpet Salesmen'.

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The 'Golden Men' of Birmingham - Boulton, Watt & Murdoch




Here, with the help of People with Passion, we pay tribute to 3 great industrialists and entrepreneurs who contributed greatly to the city's prosperity during the 18th century. Their monument, in Centenary Square until summer 2017 was known locally as the 'Golden Men' and also 'The Carpet Salesmen'.


Did You Know?

James Watt invented the condenser sytem for steam engines which ushered in the steam age.

William Murdoch left his home town in southern Scotland aged 23 and walked the 300 miles to Birmingham. Upon arrival he asked James Watt for a job, got one and went on to become a full partner with Matthew Boulton and Watt. Murdoch developed many innovations, but is well known for inventing gas lighting.

Matthew Boulton was the father of mass production, developing the first systems for producing many identical objects like coins, cutlery and 'toys' using production lines in his Soho Manufactury in Hockley, he was also a founding member of the Lunar Society, a full moon meeting group of luminaries considered to be founders of the British Industrial Revolution.

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History & heritage
02 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

The Old Grammar Schools of Kings Norton and Yardley

Did you know that there are buildings in Kings Norton and Yardley both called The Old Grammar School (no relation).

The Old School in Kings Norton is in the churchyard of St Nicholas's Church. The one in Yardley is close to St Edburgha's Church.

This post and all photography courtesy Elliott Brown. 

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The Old Grammar Schools of Kings Norton and Yardley




Did you know that there are buildings in Kings Norton and Yardley both called The Old Grammar School (no relation).

The Old School in Kings Norton is in the churchyard of St Nicholas's Church. The one in Yardley is close to St Edburgha's Church.

This post and all photography courtesy Elliott Brown. 


The Old Grammar School Kings Norton

Old Grammar School, Kings Norton was probably built as a priest's house to St Nicholas's Church, and it dates to the early 15th century. The building was expanded in the early 16th century. Along with the Saracen's Head it won the BBC Restoration programme in 2004, and was restored and reopened by 2008.

Old Grammar School Kings Norton

Old Grammar School Kings Norton

Old Grammar School Kings Norton

Old Grammar School Kings Norton

 

The Old Grammar School Yardley

Known as The Trust School. There is evidence of a school in Yardley by 1260 AD. The Masters were Monks from Maxstoke Priory. The present building dates to around the 15th century. It was originally a guild hall. The school closed in 1908. Now used as Parish Rooms with a Youth Club upstairs and a lounge downstairs.

The Old Grammar School Yardley

The Old Grammar School Yardley

The Old Grammar School Yardley

The Old Grammar School Yardley

All photos by Elliott Brown

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People & community
01 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Great opportunities to work on one of sports greatest events!

Six jobs advertised 

Take the full post for the jobs and the links.

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Great opportunities to work on one of sports greatest events!




Six jobs advertised 

Take the full post for the jobs and the links.


Jobs as advertised through Morgan Hunt on their Birmingham2022 page - connect HERE

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

 

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Great opportunity for talented jobseekers who want to be a part of something very special. 

 

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People & community
31 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

2022withYou - Helping to make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham

2022 will be a very special year for Birmingham, the UK and for Community. However, much has to be done ahead of the Games and the great people of Birmingham have a key role to play.

2022withYou is a collaborative space and digital gateway for people who are keen to play a role and help make the Commonwealth Games a great success.

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2022withYou - Helping to make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham




2022 will be a very special year for Birmingham, the UK and for Community. However, much has to be done ahead of the Games and the great people of Birmingham have a key role to play.

2022withYou is a collaborative space and digital gateway for people who are keen to play a role and help make the Commonwealth Games a great success.

Take the full post for more.


Introducing BirminghamWeAre - a Community of Passion

Before we go on to explain more about the collaborative digital space created at 2022withYou.net, let us first tell you what has been achieved by our Community of Passion at BirminghamWeAre.

In 2015, BirminghamWeAre set up an account on twitter to keep the people of Birmingham updated on a new impact focused digital space and portal being built (at that time) by FreeTimePays for people who are passionate about making a difference and creating a positive impact.

In just a couple of years, the reach of, and interest in, BirminghamWeAre has grown significantly. For example, over 0.7 million impressions is now typically achieved every month by BirminghamWeAre through social media.

BirminghamWeAre.com was established as the first Community of Passion by FreeTimePays in 2017.

BirminghamWeAre.com is a digital 'shout out' space for people to promote their passion and connect with people who share that passion. 

But most importantly BirminghamWeAre is a digital gateway through which passionate people can gain access to a suite of FreeTimePays engagement tools which they can use to create an impact and make that all important difference for themselves and others.

FreeTimePays is all about positive social value and economic growth and achieving this by supporting the passions of individuals and community.

Already attracting a following of 100,000. FreeTimePays connected Communities of Passion will continue to grow its reach by 100% every year.

Birmingham is the first City to benefit from FreeTimePays digital technology. 

2022withYou - a space for shared passion in support of the Commonwealth Games

2022withYou is a Community of Passion dedicated to making the Commonwealth Games a success for Birmingham

BirminghamWeAre has been totally behind Birmingham's bid for the games and the engagement channel has several 'Games' related features already running and provides access to a huge gallery of Birmingham related content (including stunning photography).

However such is the commitment of BirminghamWeAre in helping to make the Games a great success for the City, we have gone one step further. 2022withYou as a domain has been registered to promote passion, support people with passion and give access to the FreeTimePays portal for collaborations and projects in support of a successful Commonwealth Games for Birmingham.

2022withYou will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect with the Games. Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space.

This space will also provide unlimited access to the latest engagement tools for conducting surveys, polls, online group discussions and conversations

In November 2018 we launch Passion Points, a FreeTimePays form of gamification that recognises and rewards people who get involved, help make a difference and collectively create impact.

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 Birmingham and for the Commonwealth Games.

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People & community
30 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Help make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham - Join Us!

2022withYou 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 Birmingham and the Games and connect with people who share their passion.

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Help make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham - Join Us!




2022withYou 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 Birmingham and the Games and connect with people who share their passion.


2022withYou is all about engaging people in the promotion of Birmingham and the Games and the recognition that the Games are there for us all to enjoy and for community to value and benefit from.

2022withYou is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to support passion and deliver positive social and economic impact.

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

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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Construction & regeneration
29 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of The Cube During the Summer of 2009

During June and July of 2009 Daniel Sturley took photos of the construction of Birmingham's iconic The Cube. Lots of great photos in the full post.

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The Construction of The Cube During the Summer of 2009




During June and July of 2009 Daniel Sturley took photos of the construction of Birmingham's iconic The Cube. Lots of great photos in the full post.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Architecture
29 Aug 2018 - PMNet Support

A selection of Birmingham's great Manor Houses - more 'Did you know' facts from Elliott!

There are many manor houses around Birmingham, some open to the public, some not. In Handsworth is Soho House. In Tyseley not far from the local tip is Hay Hall. Over in Highgate is Stratford House. In Bournville is Selly Manor with Minworth Greaves.

Take our full post for great 'Did you know' facts from Elliott Brown.

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A selection of Birmingham's great Manor Houses - more 'Did you know' facts from Elliott!




There are many manor houses around Birmingham, some open to the public, some not. In Handsworth is Soho House. In Tyseley not far from the local tip is Hay Hall. Over in Highgate is Stratford House. In Bournville is Selly Manor with Minworth Greaves.

Take our full post for great 'Did you know' facts from Elliott Brown.


Soho House

Soho House was the home of Matthew Boulton from 1766 until his death in 1809. Now a museum ran by the Birmingham Museums Trust. The Lunar Society regularly had meetings here in the dining room. This Grade II* listed the house is in Handsworth. After Boulton's death it has had various uses as a hotel / hostel. Birmingham City Council acquired it in 1990 and it's been a museum since 1995.

Soho House

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown.

The Dining Room at Soho House became known as the Lunar Room where members of the Lunar Society met. The architecture of the room dates to the late 18th century. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery acquired the dining table in 1987. Other furniture was bought with assistance from the Lunar Society in 1994 - 95.

Lunar Room

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

Hay Hall

Hay Hall was a 15th century moated manor house near Redfern Road in Hay Mills (Tyseley). Now used as offices. A manor house has been on this site since around 1260 and was built for the De La Haye family. It passed to the Este family in 1423. By the 20th century the whole area had become industrial, but Hay Hall was saved. It's been Grade II listed since 1952.

Hay Hall

Hay Hall wide view

Photos courtesy Elliott Brown

Stratford House

Stratford House is located close to Highgate Middleway and can be seen from the no 50 bus route on the Moseley Road in Highgate. Grade II* listed, the building dates to around 1601 and is one of the oldest surviving houses in Birmingham. It was built for Ambrose and Bridget Rotton. In recent years it's been used as offices and a club. There was a fire here in late 2015, but the building has since been fully restored and is vacant once again.

Stratford House

Stratford House in 2010

Photos courtesy Elliott Brown

Selly Manor

Selly Manor was moved to Bournville in 1907 by George Cadbury. It's a timber framed building dating back to the 14th century, at least to around 1327. The Manor House used to be in Bournbrook, before it was relocated with Minworth Greaves to the corner of Sycamore Road and Maple Road in Bournville.

Selly Manor

Selly Manor view 2

All photos by Elliott Brown

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Construction & regeneration
28 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

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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History & heritage
28 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Christmas in Birmingham’s Victoria Square - 2003

A set of 35mm film photos from Christmas 2003 in Victoria Square including the famous locally named ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’, which is part of the whole water feature with it's 'Guardians' which is called 'The River' by Dhruva Mistry.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Christmas in Birmingham’s Victoria Square - 2003




A set of 35mm film photos from Christmas 2003 in Victoria Square including the famous locally named ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’, which is part of the whole water feature with it's 'Guardians' which is called 'The River' by Dhruva Mistry.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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History & heritage
27 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Spirit of Enterprise' by Tom Lomax was in Centenary Square

Birmingham UK, this statue/fountain 'The Spirit of Enterprise' by Tom Lomax was in Centenary Square before the new library was built. Here's a gallery of photos from 2003, 3mm film.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Spirit of Enterprise' by Tom Lomax was in Centenary Square




Birmingham UK, this statue/fountain 'The Spirit of Enterprise' by Tom Lomax was in Centenary Square before the new library was built. Here's a gallery of photos from 2003, 3mm film.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
27 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Construction at Arena Central - August 2018

Some amazing lighting conditions for some of the photos in this update, check out the full post!

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Construction at Arena Central - August 2018




Some amazing lighting conditions for some of the photos in this update, check out the full post!

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
27 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

Here's the latest update for the construction of Two Chamberlain Square, a nice reflection in Symphony Hall in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square




Here's the latest update for the construction of Two Chamberlain Square, a nice reflection in Symphony Hall in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
27 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

As Bank Tower Two continues to fly up the focus in this update is on the cladding as it goes on around the lower floors, now really showing how it will catch the light.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




As Bank Tower Two continues to fly up the focus in this update is on the cladding as it goes on around the lower floors, now really showing how it will catch the light.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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History & heritage
26 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

HistoryAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for history and heritage.

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

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is history and heritage!

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HistoryAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for history and heritage.

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

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is history and heritage!


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

HistoryAndUs is a digital space for people who are passionate about history and want to do whatever they can to help promote their great heritage. 

At HistoryAndUs, 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.

HistoryAndUs

HistoryAndUs will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for history and heritage.

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 history.

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Construction & regeneration
26 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Three Snowhill

Here's an update of some photos of the continuing construction of Three Snowhill.

Photo by Raj Sanghera

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The Construction of Three Snowhill




Here's an update of some photos of the continuing construction of Three Snowhill.

Photo by Raj Sanghera


Photo by Raj Sanghera

Photo by Raj Sanghera

Photo by Daniel Sturley

Photo by Daniel Sturley

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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History & heritage
25 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Are you passionate about History & Heritage? Join Us!

HistoryAndUs 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 history & heritage and connect with people who share their passion.

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Are you passionate about History & Heritage? Join Us!




HistoryAndUs 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 history & heritage and connect with people who share their passion.


HistoryAndUs is all about engaging people in the promotion of history and the recognition that our historical gems are there for us all to enjoy and protect.

HistoryAndUs 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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Construction & regeneration
24 Aug 2018 - Simon Felton

Birmingham Construction update - August 2018

Here, together with Birmingham's People with Passion, we take a look at the major builds taking place across the City. We have included some stunning photography in this first article in a series of regular journal updates produced and published by www.ItsYourBuild.com for BirminghamWeAre. 

Big thanks to Simon Paul Felton for pulling together the article.

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Birmingham Construction update - August 2018




Here, together with Birmingham's People with Passion, we take a look at the major builds taking place across the City. We have included some stunning photography in this first article in a series of regular journal updates produced and published by www.ItsYourBuild.com for BirminghamWeAre. 

Big thanks to Simon Paul Felton for pulling together the article.


For this update, we've selected 4 of the developments taking place across the City; Chamberlain Square development at Paradise; Arena Central and One & Two Bank Tower developments in Westside; and the vast Snowhill complex in Birmingham.

Let's take a look at what's happening at Paradise, Birmingham

The site of the former Birmingham Central Library, Adrian Boult Hall and offices has been masterplanned by Glenn Howells Architects for owners Argent.

The Central Library (Known locally as the 'Ziggurat') Photo by Daniel Sturley 2014

The first phase has seen changes to the road layout and the construction of One Chamberlain Square which is pre-let to PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as the recent rapid construction of Two Chamberlain Square. 

Walkway through Chamberlain Square down to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

View from the Library of Birmingham's 'Secret Garden'. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild

Improvements have also been made to Chamberlain Square and new high quality paving both in Chamberlain Square and the reinstated pedestrian route between Victoria and Centenary Squares. The final development will see the creation of 1.8m sq ft of office-led mixed use development.

Exterior taking shape at One Chamberlain Square Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild

View from the Library of Birmingham's 'Secret Garden'. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

Work well up and running at Two Chamberlain Square Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

View from near Birmingham Town Hall. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

 

Let's now pop over to Westside, Birmingham

Arena Central is a joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital for a mixed use development of office, hotel, leisure and new public squares. The site was the former home of ITV television studios, previously being the home of Tiswas and soap Crossroads.

Syline view of work underway in Westside, Birmingham. Courtesy ItsyourBuild.

A part of the public space being prepared. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

The site was cleared in 2013 with a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel starting to be built in 2014.

The Holiday Inn Express from Holliday Street. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

September 2015 saw construction start on One Centenary Square, the new HSBC UK headquarters designed by MAKE Architects.

The almost externally complete One Centenary Square. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

Two years later in September 2017 after plans were already approved for 3 Arena Central the Government committed to taking the whole 14 storey building with groundbreaking to officially start construction in February 2018.

The concrete core for Three Arena Central has already gone up. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

The site sits adjacent to Centenary Square and near to the Paradise development which are both being redeveloped.

The view at Centenary Way. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

New paving at Centenary Square. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

Now over to Bank Tower One and Two. This pair of towers, the first complete at 22 storeys tall, and the second to be 31 storeys tall and currently under construction are on the site of a former car park behind former Grade II listed Big Bite takeaway.  

Looking up at Towers One and Two on Broad Street in Westside, Birmingham. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

The towers, a development by Regal Property Group, designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects will offer 400 units between them comprised of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and is being built by Wates Construction.

 

The third of our developments featured this month is at Snowhill, Birmingham

Three Snowhill is the final phase of the four acre Snowhill estate which has been developed by Ballymore over the last ten years. The office block, the largest city centre office scheme outside London, is the third building in the estate and will reach 17 storeys tall. The first two blocks on the estate are both fully let with tenants including Barclays, KPMG, Gowlings and the construction HQ of HS2.

View skyward from St Chad's Queensway. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

June 2018 saw Three Snowhill top out as it reached its highest point.  Glazing is currently being installed on the building as it starts to blend in with One and Two Snowhill.

Looking down Great Charles Street at Three Snowhill, Birmingham. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

 

Birmingham skyline - cranes, cranes and more cranes! Let's get creative! 

Don't forget to take a look at our great Crane Photography feature - a collection of wonderful photography championed by one of the star's of Birmingham's 'People with Passion' , Daniel Sturley. See our regularly updated feature on Cranes where we've built, and adding to, a magnificent archive of great photos that track the changes as they happen across the Birmingham skyline

Photos courtesy Daniel Sturley, a community champion at itsyourBuild

We hope you have enjoyed this article, the first of many to be added to our Birmingham Construction Journal.  Next time, let's feature a development of your choice!

To find out more about us and our plans at BirminghamWeAre and at ItsyourBuild, CONNECT HERE. We have plenty of partnership opportunities and would love to hear from you if you are passionate about construction, architecture or your City. 

To find out more about our growing 'People with Passion' and create impact, connect here.

 

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History & heritage
23 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham's architectural gems - we go back in time!

Every month with the help of our People with Passion, FreeTimePays will feature great historic architecture of Birmingham.

In this article we feature Highbury Hall, Aston Hall, Sarehole Mill and Blakesley Hall, 4 of Birmingham's magnificent buildings.

Take the full post and view more for more great historic gems and 'Did you know' facts.

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Birmingham's architectural gems - we go back in time!




Every month with the help of our People with Passion, FreeTimePays will feature great historic architecture of Birmingham.

In this article we feature Highbury Hall, Aston Hall, Sarehole Mill and Blakesley Hall, 4 of Birmingham's magnificent buildings.

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Highbury Hall - a historic gem in Moseley, Birmingham

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Highbury Hall is a wonderful Grade II listed building that nestles in Highbury Park. It was built in 1879 by J H Chamberlain for Joseph Chamberlain (no relation). Joseph Chamberlain lived here from 1880 until 1914.

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

Highbury Hall (August 2018)

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Aston Hall - a historic gem in Aston, Birmingham

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

Aston Hall was built between 1618 and 1635 for Sir Thomas Holte. It was then leased by James Watt Jr from 1817. It became a museum from 1858 with ownership passing to Birmingham Corporation soon after.

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust

The Great Parlour at Aston Hall was the Holte family's principal living room. Around 1700 it was converted into a chapel.

The Great Parlour at Aston Hall

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Sarehole Mill - a historic gem in Hall Green, Birmingham 

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

The original Sarehole Mill was built in 1542. The Mill standing now was built in 1771. JRR Tolkien lived in the area as a child and got much of his inspiration from the Sarehole Mill.

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust

Here is Mill machinery as seen inside Sarehole Mill.

Mill Machinery at Sarehole Mill

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Blakesley Hall - historic gem in Yardley, Birmingham.

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

Blakesley Hall is a timber framed farmhouse in Yardley which was built for Richard Smallbroke towards the end of the 16th century.

Blakesley Hall is now owned and run as a museum by the Birmingham Museums Trust.

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust

The Great Parlour at Blakesley Hall was used for private dining, sitting and entertaining. Had a door to the garden so people could come and go without passing through the main Hall.

The Great Parlour at Blakesley Hall

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

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21 Aug 2018 - Barry Whitehead

Barry blooms in Birmingham with great selection of floral photography taken across the City

A great selecton of Barry's photography of 'Birmingham in Bloom' taken across our City's parks and green spaces - great showcase for a great City!

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Barry blooms in Birmingham with great selection of floral photography taken across the City




A great selecton of Barry's photography of 'Birmingham in Bloom' taken across our City's parks and green spaces - great showcase for a great City!


All photography courtesy of Barry Whitehead

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Transport
21 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham Corporation Tramways

Birmingham used to have an old tram network that ended around 1953. From 1904 to 1953 it was run by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Corporation_Tramways Although trams first ran in Birmingham from 1872. Today all that is left is a tram at Thinktank, several old depots, and other objects at museums.

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Birmingham Corporation Tramways




Birmingham used to have an old tram network that ended around 1953. From 1904 to 1953 it was run by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Corporation_Tramways Although trams first ran in Birmingham from 1872. Today all that is left is a tram at Thinktank, several old depots, and other objects at museums.


In Birmingham you can visit Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum where you can see the only surviving intact tram left from the era.

It was the no 78 tram to Small Heath. Number 395 of the Birmingham Corporation Tramways. It had previously been in the old Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry until 1997. And at Thinktank from around 2001 onwards.

Tram at Thinktank

There is a tram museum in Derbyshire at Crich, called the National Tramway Museum. While they don't have any full size Birmingham trams there, due to the fact that the track gauge was different, they do have a couple of models.

This was a model of Birmingham Corporation Tramways No 700, on the 70 to Rednal. The actual tram it was based on was built by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd in 1925. No. 700 was one of the last cars to be withdrawn from Miller Street Depot in August 1953.

Birmingham Corporation Tramways 700

This tram model at Crich was of the Birmingham Corporation Tramsways service from Aston Cross to Steelhouse Lane.

Birmingham tram Aston Cross to Steelhouse Lane

They also have this sign at the museum. Acocks Green and Dale End 44, which probably was removed from a tram that got scrapped?

Acocks Green and Dale End 44

Also at the National Tramway Museum was a set of gates from the original Birmingham Wholesale Market. They were moved to the museum and installed in 1975.

The Blackpool Boat Car No 236 gives you an idea of what a tramline in Birmingham might have been like a century ago. Although Birmingham didn't have trams that looked like that! The gates are now used as an entrance to the museums tram depot.

Blackpool Boat Car 236 and Birmingham Wholesale Market gates

Birmingham Wholesale Market gates alternate view

After the old tram network closed down in 1953, many of the old tram depot buildings survived as the tracks were removed and the old trams were scrapped.

In Aston is this building not far from Villa Park. It was used as the Aston Manor Transport Museum until they had to close in 2011. Before that it was originally the Borough of Aston Manor Tramways Depot. It was built in 1882 for the Borough of Aston Manor. Also known as the Witton Lane Tramway Depot it is a Grade II listed building. Originally a steam tram depot from 1882, by 1904-06 it was converted to electric tram use. The City of Birmingham took it over from 1911 when Aston became part of the city. It was used as a tram depot until 1949. It was used to store and dismantle trams until 1953. By the 1980s the building was used as a car showroom, before it was a museum. Also known as the Witton Depot.

Aston Manor Transport Museum

Another old tram depot building that you can see is over in Selly Oak, now used by Access Storage. The depot opened in 1927. It was converted for motorbus used in 1952. You can see it on the 11C and 11A bus routes on Harborne Lane in Selly Oak, close to Selly Oak Triangle.

Selly Oak Tram Depot

On the Moseley Road in Balsall Heath was the Moseley Road Depot. It opened in 1907 and was converted for motorbus use in 1949. The building is quite derelict now, although parts of the building to the back are in use, the building at the front is not. It's a Grade II listed building, built by Lowe & Son in 1906. Designed by FB Osborn for Birmingham Corporation

 

Balsall Heath Tram Depot

 

There is a section of track near the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on what was Edmund Street close to the Water Hall that is still there. It was the only section preserved in the city centre after rest of the tracks were lifted after the network closed in 1953.

Tram track

 

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20 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Recent and Best of Crane Photos from the Last 3 Months

There are nearly 100 photos in our crane photography feature, here's an update with the latest and a selection of the best from over the last few months.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Recent and Best of Crane Photos from the Last 3 Months




There are nearly 100 photos in our crane photography feature, here's an update with the latest and a selection of the best from over the last few months.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


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20 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Bank Tower Two is up to the 23rd floor with its main structure and there are several large areas at the base of the tower now fully clad, can't wait to see some photos of this in the sunshine. Lots of photos in this update.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




Bank Tower Two is up to the 23rd floor with its main structure and there are several large areas at the base of the tower now fully clad, can't wait to see some photos of this in the sunshine. Lots of photos in this update.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Architecture
19 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

ArchitectureAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Architecture.

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ArchitectureAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Architecture.

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

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is Architecture!


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

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

At ArchitectureAndUs, 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ArchitectureAndUs will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for architecture.

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. 

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

 

 

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19 Aug 2018 - Christine Wright

'Look Up' in Kings Heath

There are some great examples of modern and traditional architecture in Kings Heath, particularly for those who 'look up'.

Christine starts us off with this post and with our People with Passion we will continue to build a wonderful gallery that shows off the fine architecture and buildings in Kings Heath. 

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'Look Up' in Kings Heath




There are some great examples of modern and traditional architecture in Kings Heath, particularly for those who 'look up'.

Christine starts us off with this post and with our People with Passion we will continue to build a wonderful gallery that shows off the fine architecture and buildings in Kings Heath. 

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Enjoy our tour of some of the great architecture to be found in Kings Heath, all of which has been captured in a great selection of photography by Christine Wright.

Victorian grandeur at the top of the big bank in Kings Heath High Street.

 

Modern turret at the corner of Heathfield Road and Kings Heath High Street

 

Looking up at the Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath

 

Turret, with thistle, on Scotts Corner, Kings Heath

 

Small window in All Saints Church, Kings Heath

 

Turret in Kings Heath High Street

 

Cambridge Road Methodist Church for Kings Heath and Moseley

 

St Dunstan's Roman Catholic Church, Kings Heath

 

Scott's corner, Kings Heath High Street

 

Architecture above the shops in the High Street

 

All Saints Church and Kings Heath Village Square

 

Interior of St Dunstan's Church, Kings Heath

 

All photos courtesy Christine Wright

To see more great posts featuring Kings Heath and to join our Kings Heath People with Passion, connect HERE

 

 

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19 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Construction at Arena Central - August 2018

Some nice shots of the HSBC UK HQ, One Centenary Square in this update including some taken from the Library overlook the whole site.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Construction at Arena Central - August 2018




Some nice shots of the HSBC UK HQ, One Centenary Square in this update including some taken from the Library overlook the whole site.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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