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Construction & regeneration
19 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

Some shots from the Library of Birmingham in this update of the continuing construction of Two Chamberlain Square.

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Some shots from the Library of Birmingham in this update of the continuing construction of Two Chamberlain Square.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


 

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Construction & regeneration
18 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Installation of the External Test Rig for Two Chamberlain Square

The test rig for the external structure of Two Chamberlain Square has been installed at the Summer Row side of the site.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Installation of the External Test Rig for Two Chamberlain Square




The test rig for the external structure of Two Chamberlain Square has been installed at the Summer Row side of the site.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


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Construction & regeneration
18 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

A bit of a dull day for this update but some nice perspectives of the building which is getting close to external completion.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




A bit of a dull day for this update but some nice perspectives of the building which is getting close to external completion.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


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Architecture
18 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Are you passionate about Architecture? Join Us!

ArchitectureAndUs 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 Architecture and connect with people who share their passion.

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ArchitectureAndUs 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 Architecture and connect with people who share their passion.


ArchitectureAndUs is all about engaging people in the promotion of architecture and the recognition that our buildings are there for us all to enjoy and appreciate.

ArchitectureAndUs 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
17 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

Here's a photo of One Chamberlain Square at night, it looks like they're testing the lighting, obviously lots of interior work has been done too. More photos in the full post taken from the Library.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Here's a photo of One Chamberlain Square at night, it looks like they're testing the lighting, obviously lots of interior work has been done too. More photos in the full post taken from the Library.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


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Architecture
17 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower inspired by the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy

The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham, also known as Old Joe, built from 1900 to 1908, was based on the Torre del Mangia in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Tuscany, Italy (that was built from 1338 to 1348). 

Take the full post for more great 'Did you know' facts on 'Old Joe' plus stunning photography courtesy Elliott Brown.

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The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham, also known as Old Joe, built from 1900 to 1908, was based on the Torre del Mangia in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Tuscany, Italy (that was built from 1338 to 1348). 

Take the full post for more great 'Did you know' facts on 'Old Joe' plus stunning photography courtesy Elliott Brown.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Chamberlain_Memorial_Clock_Tower

The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock tower was designed by Aston Webb and Ingress Bell and it was built from 1900 to 1908. Old Joe was designed by Aston Webb & Ingress Bell and is the tallest free standing clock tower in the world at 110 metres.

Old Joe at University of Birmingham

The clock tower is the tallest free standing clock tower in the world, recorded at 110 metres high. It stands in the middle of the University campus and is visible from many places, not just from the campus!

Quadrangle Old Joe view

This view of Old Joe is from South Yardley seen from the Oaklands Recreation Ground (a good site for viewing the city skyline).

Old Joe from Oaklands Recreation Ground

This view of Old Joe is from Holders Lane Woods. It leads onto Cannon Hill Park starting at either Selly Park or Moseley, towards Edgbaston.

Old Joe from Holders Lane Woods

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre_del_Mangia

The tower that inspired Old Joe was the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy, in the Tuscany region of the country. It is in the Piazza del Campo also known as Il Campo. Each summer there is a horse race called the Palio of Siena and the square gets quite busy. On my visit it was just days away from the first horse race and the various teams were getting prepared, so sand was in the square as the horse racing track.

The tower is 102 metres high and was one of the tallest towers of medieval Italy.

Torre del Mangia, Il Campo, Siena, Italy

Torre del Mangia in Piazza del Campo, Siena

You can tell that Old Joe was based on the Torre del Mangia as it has a similar design. Both towers dominate the skyline in their respective cities.

Siena Skyline with Torre del Mangia

For some more great posts and photography from Elliott. connect HERE

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Environment & green spaces
16 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Are you passionate about protecting Green Spaces? Join Us!

Green Spaces And Us 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 parks and open spaces and connect with people who share their passion.

 

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Green Spaces And Us 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 parks and open spaces and connect with people who share their passion.

 


Green Spaces And Us is all about engaging people in the promotion and of a healthy and clean environment and the recognition that our green spaces are there for us all to enjoy, including our wildlife.

GreenSpacesAndUs 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. 

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Environment & green spaces
16 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

GreenSpacesAndUs - 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 green spaces and a healthy and clean environment.

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 green spaces and a clean environment!

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GreenSpacesAndUs - 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 green spaces and a healthy and clean environment.

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 green spaces and a clean environment!


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

GreenSpacesAndUs is a digital space for people who are passionate about green spaces and want to do whatever they can to help maintain a clean and healthy environment.

At GreenSpacesAndUs, 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.

GreenSpacesAndUs

GreenSpacesAndUs will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for a clean and healthy environment.

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 green spaces.

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Landscape architecture
16 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

A West Midlands National Park - yes it is possible!

The reality of the vision put forward by Kathryn Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture at BCU, is of a West Midlands region that would become home to the UK’s 16th official National Park.

This is a vision that will be of real interest to our growing Communities of Passion across the West Midlands.

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A West Midlands National Park - yes it is possible!




The reality of the vision put forward by Kathryn Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture at BCU, is of a West Midlands region that would become home to the UK’s 16th official National Park.

This is a vision that will be of real interest to our growing Communities of Passion across the West Midlands.

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Kathryn Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University, comments on the vision as follows:

“When we think of a National Park our natural inclination is to look at rural areas but there are swathes of natural beauty right here in the heart of a metropolitan region.

For a long time the West Midlands has been viewed as a concrete jungle and the way that we have carried out our planning and construction has fed into that but if you look at the maps in a different way, there is huge potential for this project. 

Not only could creating a National Park bring some real economic, social and environmental benefits, it would also drive investment, boost tourism and create new jobs at the heart of the country.

This vision is about making the most of the opportunities the region has right now and making sure the arrival of HS2, the Commonwealth Games and the City of Culture leave a lasting legacy here and something we can all be proud of.

This vision is all about quality of life. We want to have a better life, here together in the West Midland National Park"

With the engagement and support of the West Midlands community we can make this vision become a reality.

 

Dame Caroline Spelman MP & Prof Kathryn Moore with the National Park WM Proposal and model (June 2018)

That's where our Community of Passion comes in!

Watch this space for more on this exciting project.

CONNECT with us for all our updates.

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Environment & green spaces
15 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Highbury Hall and Highbury Park - beautiful!

Take the full post for a selection of wonderful photography that showcases Highbury Park and Highbury Hall, the home of  statesman and reformer Joseph Chamberlain - one of Birmingham's greats!  

We hope you enjoy this wonderful gallery of one of Birmingham's much loved green gems that borders Kings Heath and Moseley. 

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Highbury Hall and Highbury Park - beautiful!




Take the full post for a selection of wonderful photography that showcases Highbury Park and Highbury Hall, the home of  statesman and reformer Joseph Chamberlain - one of Birmingham's greats!  

We hope you enjoy this wonderful gallery of one of Birmingham's much loved green gems that borders Kings Heath and Moseley. 


Highbury Hall, 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.

Photos courtesy Imran Ali Bashir

 

The Orchard at Highbury Park

Photo courtesy Christine Wright 

 

Cycling through the Autumn leaves at Highbury Park

Photo courtesy Christine Wright 

 

Highbury Park in the snow 

Photos courtesy Christine Wright 

 

Canada Geese in Highbury Park

Photo courtesy Christine Wright 

 

Highbury Park Pool

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

 

Grasses at Highbury Park

Photo courtesy Christine Wright 

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People & community
14 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

KingsHeathWeAre - where people with passion make all the difference! Join Us!

At KingsHeathWeAre, we're building the largest Community of Passion for people who want to make a difference and want to create an impact.

To do this, we're giving 'People with Passion' in Kings Heath free digital space so they can take their passion to the next level and make a difference for themselves and for others.

Read on.

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KingsHeathWeAre - where people with passion make all the difference! Join Us!




At KingsHeathWeAre, we're building the largest Community of Passion for people who want to make a difference and want to create an impact.

To do this, we're giving 'People with Passion' in Kings Heath free digital space so they can take their passion to the next level and make a difference for themselves and for others.

Read on.


Why Kings Heath?

Kings Heath is made up of people who love where they live, who are passionate about their community and who really can be called 'People with Passion'.

They are people who don't just want to make a difference, they are people who really can make a difference. Just imagine what can be achieved if such people are given a digital space where they can take their passion to the next level and connect with others who share that passion.

That's where FreeTimePays comes in.

FreeTimePays

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

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

FreeTimePays is a digital platform that gives people access to a suite of engagement tools.

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 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.

KingsHeathWeAre is digitally connected to BirminghamWeAre and benefits from the huge following already created by this Community.

Let's tell you what has been happening at BirminghamWeAre.

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.

As well as a shared passion for Birmingham, many followers of BirminghamWeAre are also keen to make a difference, whether for themselves, through their jobs or for others in their community. We refer to these people as People with Passion.

Due to the significant passion that exists in Birmingham, and as a way of helping people take their passions to the next level, 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 let's get back to our plans for KingsHeathWeAre

KingsHeathWeAre

KingsHeathWeAre.com will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in the passion that is Kings Heath.

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. 

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

We will also be announcing details of Passion Points, a FreeTimePays form of gamification that recognises and rewards people who get involved and help make the difference.

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 Kings Heath.

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Construction & regeneration
10 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

The fourth floor of Two Chamberlain Square is almost complete in this update with photos from around the site showing the developing bulk of the building.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The fourth floor of Two Chamberlain Square is almost complete in this update with photos from around the site showing the developing bulk of the building.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
10 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

The vertical details are amost fully installed on the main rise of the building and some of the bottom ledge has been added (first photo in the full post).

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




The vertical details are amost fully installed on the main rise of the building and some of the bottom ledge has been added (first photo in the full post).

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
09 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Construction at Arena Central - August 2018

With One Centenary Square (HSBC UK HQ) virtually finished the focus moves to the construction of Three Arena Central for HRMC Midlands. Lots of photos in this update from some interesting angles and viewpoints.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction at Arena Central - August 2018




With One Centenary Square (HSBC UK HQ) virtually finished the focus moves to the construction of Three Arena Central for HRMC Midlands. Lots of photos in this update from some interesting angles and viewpoints.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Transport
09 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Midland Metro trams 1999 - present

Midland Metro line 1 originally opened in 1999 with 16 T-69 trams built by the Italian company AnsaldoBreda. They were in service from 1999 to 2015 when they were replaced by the current Urbos 3 trams. 21 Urbos 3 trams entered service from September 2014.

See the full post for more details. Photography by Elliott Brown, Damien Walmsley and George Daley.

 

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Midland Metro trams 1999 - present




Midland Metro line 1 originally opened in 1999 with 16 T-69 trams built by the Italian company AnsaldoBreda. They were in service from 1999 to 2015 when they were replaced by the current Urbos 3 trams. 21 Urbos 3 trams entered service from September 2014.

See the full post for more details. Photography by Elliott Brown, Damien Walmsley and George Daley.

 


The T-69 trams originally had a livery of a blue body, red fronts, grey skirt and yellow doors.

The Metro T69 tram 14

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

T69 trams at St Pauls Tram Stop

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

In later years some T-69 trams got a livery of silver and magenta. This was under Network West Midlands.

Tram 10 at The Hawthorns Tram Stop

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

T-69 Tram 5 at the old Snow Hill Tram Stop

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

From September 2014 into 2015, the new CAF Urbos 3 trams gradually replaced the T-69 trams, until the last T-69 tram was withdrawn from service in August 2015. They were made in Spain by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (also known as CAF).

The new trams had the same livery as the old T-69's looking quite pink and white!

Before the first city centre extension was opened, the new trams still went into Snow Hill Tram Stop.

Urbos 3 tram at the Old Snow Hill Tram Stop

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

The extension intially opened to Bull Street Tram Stop by December 2015, and eventually to Grand Central by March 2016. (a delay of a year over the originally announced date).

Urbos 3 tram on Corporation Street

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Urbos 3 Tram at Grand Central Tram Stop

Photo courtesy Damien Walmsley

 

Urbos 3 winter trams at St Paul's

Photo courtesy George Daley

 

From July 2018, Midland Metro was taken over by the West Midlands Combined Authority from National Express, renamed West Midlands Metro.

One of the trams, no 31 was changed from pink to blue!

Pink tram 35 Ozzy Osbourne passes blue tram 31 at Bull Street

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Blue tram 31 on Corporation Street

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Blue tram 31 standing at Bull Street outside The Lewis Building

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

For more information have a read of the Wikipedia pages below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Midlands_Metro_rolling_stock

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Midlands_Metro

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Transport
08 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Trams in Birmingham & the West Midlands - a community-led engagement initiative

Trams in Birmingham & West Midlands is a community-led initiative that engages and involves the people of Birmingham. It is hosted by BirminghamWeAre, a Community of Passion that gives People with Passion access to FreeTimePays engagement tools for taking their passion to the next level.

A roll out across the West Midlands is planned. See full post for more detail.

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Trams in Birmingham & the West Midlands - a community-led engagement initiative




Trams in Birmingham & West Midlands is a community-led initiative that engages and involves the people of Birmingham. It is hosted by BirminghamWeAre, a Community of Passion that gives People with Passion access to FreeTimePays engagement tools for taking their passion to the next level.

A roll out across the West Midlands is planned. See full post for more detail.


Trams in Birmingham & the West Midlands

This is one of over 30 community-led passions hosted at BirminghamWeAre and supported by FreeTimePays, a digital platform and social media channel for people and communities who want to make a difference, help deliver social and economic impact and build Communities of Passion.

BirminghamWeAre and (launching soon) WestMidlandsWeAre are both Communities of Passion

BirminghamWeAre.com is a digital 'shout out' space for people to promote their passion, connect with people who share their passion and gain access to a suite of engagement tools for taking their passion to the next level.

It is also a digital space where people, business and service providers can collaborate, plan and take ideas and initiatives forward.

Here's how it all started!

In 2015, BirminghamWeAre set up an account on twitter to keep the people of Birmingham updated on a new impact focused digital space and engagement 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.

However, as well as a shared passion for Birmingham, many followers of BirminghamWeAre are keen to get involved and contribute further. These are people who want to make a difference, whether for themselves, through their jobs or for others in their community. We refer to these people as People with Passion.

Due to the significant interest shown by the people of Birmingham, and as a way of helping people take their passions to the next level, BirminghamWeAre.com was established as the first Community of Passion by FreeTimePays in 2017.

Communities of Passion are now being established in every neighbourhood and a full roll-out of FreeTimePays is now planned across the West Midlands region from 2018 onwards. 

FreeTimePays

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

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

FreeTimePays, through numerous links, sites and portals provides individuals, businesses and service providers with access to a suite of engagement tools. For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

With the help of FreeTimePays, we have built a thriving and effective Community of Passion for Birmingham. As already mentioned, work on rolling out FreeTimePays into the region and into the neighbourhoods, building inter-connected Communities of Passion, has already commenced. 

We will continue to promote Community, engage 'People with Passion' and deliver results!

Connect with us HERE and let's do this together!

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Construction & regeneration
05 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Bank Tower Two has powered past it's older sibling now at the 23rd floor and the final cladding is ready to install on the lower floors. 14 photos in this update for the end of July and the start of August.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




Bank Tower Two has powered past it's older sibling now at the 23rd floor and the final cladding is ready to install on the lower floors. 14 photos in this update for the end of July and the start of August.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


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Construction & regeneration
02 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

Some interesting perspectives in this update including a couple of rainbows over the construction site.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




Some interesting perspectives in this update including a couple of rainbows over the construction site.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


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Sport & leisure
02 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

It's 4 years to go! Let's plan and together create huge impact!

We're backing the #4YTG campaign launched by Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games team so as to generate even more awareness of the Games and the huge rewards they will bring for Birmingham.

In fact we've gone further with our support for the Games and we've created a digital space for impact focused collaborations.

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It's 4 years to go! Let's plan and together create huge impact!




We're backing the #4YTG campaign launched by Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games team so as to generate even more awareness of the Games and the huge rewards they will bring for Birmingham.

In fact we've gone further with our support for the Games and we've created a digital space for impact focused collaborations.

Take the full post for more details.


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

2022withYou.net is a digital 'shout out' space and collaborative working environment for people to promote their passion and connect with people who share the passion that is the Commonwealth Games.

FreeTimePays Communities of Passion have been launched for both Birmingham and for the Commonwealth Games. 

Both Communities of Passion provide 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.

Let's connect HERE and take your passion to the next level.

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Construction & regeneration
02 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Indicative cost of £319m to complete Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Construction News reports on Deloitte's cost analysis and according to Deloitte a contractor has provided an indicative cost of £319m for completing the build of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital at Sandwell.

With the contract expected to be awarded by the end of August, Sandwell & West Birmingham Trust are targeting a 2022 opening for the hospital.

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Indicative cost of £319m to complete Midland Metropolitan Hospital




Construction News reports on Deloitte's cost analysis and according to Deloitte a contractor has provided an indicative cost of £319m for completing the build of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital at Sandwell.

With the contract expected to be awarded by the end of August, Sandwell & West Birmingham Trust are targeting a 2022 opening for the hospital.


The estimated cost of protecting the site and for repairs due to damage caused by exposure is £21.5m,

Take link to Construction News for their full article. 

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People & community
25 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

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

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays is delighted to welcome Kings Heath as a Community of Passion. Together with our People with Passion, this digital space will be used to showcase all that's great about Kings Heath.

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

Connect with us and promote the passion that is Kings Heath!

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




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays is delighted to welcome Kings Heath as a Community of Passion. Together with our People with Passion, this digital space will be used to showcase all that's great about Kings Heath.

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

Connect with us and promote the passion that is Kings Heath!


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

KingsHeathWeAre delivers a digital space for people who are passionate about Kings Heath and want to do whatever they can to help their community.

At KingsHeathWeAre, 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.

KingsHeathWeAre

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

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 Kings Heath.

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Environment & green spaces
25 Jul 2018 - Christine Wright

Kings Heath Park - a much loved green space in the Birmingham suburbs

Take the full post for a selection of photos looking at the life of Kings Heath Park throughout the seasons. 

The park is managed by Birmingham City Council, with the help of a team of local volunteers, the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park'.

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Kings Heath Park - a much loved green space in the Birmingham suburbs




Take the full post for a selection of photos looking at the life of Kings Heath Park throughout the seasons. 

The park is managed by Birmingham City Council, with the help of a team of local volunteers, the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park'.


All photography by Christine Wright.

Find out more about the 'Friends of Kings Heath Park' by connecting here.

Kings Heath Park is centered on the Park House which was built in 1832 for the MP, William Congreve Russell. In 1880, it was bought by John Cartland (ancestor of the author Barbara Cartland, lover of pinkness and author of  romantic novels!).

The land was sold to the council and opened as a public park in 1908. The building houses council offices and the Cartland Tea Rooms.

Plants are available for sale in the nursery at Kings Heath Park.

Let's take a look at the Park though the seasons :

Photography by Christine Wright.

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People & community
25 Jul 2018 - Christine Wright

Introducing 'Friends of Kings Heath Park'

The Friends of Kings Heath Park were set up in July 2017 to assist Birmingham City Council and the Ranger service in continuing to make Kings Heath Park a family-friendly, community green space for future generations.

They run litter picks, pond maintenance, forest school, festive & seasonal free events for the community. 

Take the full post for more on this group.<

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Introducing 'Friends of Kings Heath Park'




The Friends of Kings Heath Park were set up in July 2017 to assist Birmingham City Council and the Ranger service in continuing to make Kings Heath Park a family-friendly, community green space for future generations.

They run litter picks, pond maintenance, forest school, festive & seasonal free events for the community. 

Take the full post for more on this group.<

Take a look at how Friends of Kings Heath Park do so much to protect their wonderful park for the enjoyment of all. 

Find out more about them at their website or here in our Kings Heath people with passion.

The Big Picnic in the Park, June 2018.

Bringing together the community for picnics, games for children and adults, swing dance and hoola-hoop sessions.

Regular Litter picks, co-ordinated by Siobhan McMillan.

Find out more about Friends of Kings Heath Park here at People with Passion.

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Health & wellbeing
24 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Introducing the Moseley and Kings Heath Shed - wellbeing in action!

'Moseley and Kings Heath Shed' is a wonderful project that helps to combat lonliness and isolation in older men and women through working together.

Take the full post to see how this superb project helps so many people.

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Introducing the Moseley and Kings Heath Shed - wellbeing in action!




'Moseley and Kings Heath Shed' is a wonderful project that helps to combat lonliness and isolation in older men and women through working together.

Take the full post to see how this superb project helps so many people.

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The shed in Kings Heath Park is a warm and welcoming environment where people can learn new skills, work on their own or chat over a cup of tea. 

 

The workers in the shed produce beautiful items in wood, metal and glass, some of which is sold at local craft fairs and markets to raise funds for the project.

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
23 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Construction at Arena Central - July 2018

The concrete core for Three Arena Central, the new base for HMRC Midlands is almost finished and can be seen from quite a few vantage points, the HSBC HQ is essentially complete externally now.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction at Arena Central - July 2018




The concrete core for Three Arena Central, the new base for HMRC Midlands is almost finished and can be seen from quite a few vantage points, the HSBC HQ is essentially complete externally now.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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