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08 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

More windows installed, almost onto last two floors (which will be set-back), One Chamberlain Square is really taking shape now. Click 'View Article' below to see a large photo update of the construction progress.

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More windows installed, almost onto last two floors (which will be set-back), One Chamberlain Square is really taking shape now. Click 'View Article' below to see a large photo update of the construction progress.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two

With Bank Tower One nearly fully clad a crane is being installed for the constuction of Bank Tower Two. Click 'View Article' below to see some more photos of Tower One.

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With Bank Tower One nearly fully clad a crane is being installed for the constuction of Bank Tower Two. Click 'View Article' below to see some more photos of Tower One.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower One

Bank Tower One reflected in the black windows of the Novotel opposite, the amazing gold and bronze cladding is nearing completion. Click 'View Article' below to see some more photos from this build.

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Bank Tower One reflected in the black windows of the Novotel opposite, the amazing gold and bronze cladding is nearing completion. Click 'View Article' below to see some more photos from this build.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One extra photo from the city centre at sunset showing how the structure dominates the westside city skyline, we can't wait for Bank Tower Two!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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Sunset Over Edgbaston

A colourful sunset photo of the westside and Edgbaston. The new Bank Tower One now doninates Broad Street but Bank Tower Two, now under construction, will be about a third higher.

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05 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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Sunset from the City Centre

Daniel captures a nice moment, the clouds parted slightly to allow a setting sun to blaze briefly through.

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05 Oct 2017 - FreeTimePays
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Lunar Society - a great little video produced by Advantage West Midlands

https://www.youtube.com/embed//bdcIPUC-4XY

Highly entertaining and informative short youtube video produced by Advantage West Midlands. A great introduction to The Lunar Society, and the highly inspirational individuals behind the formation of the Society.

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01 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

The structure of Two Chamberlain Square is now at street level and will soon start to rise.

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01 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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Some Final Cladding Appears on the HSBC HQ

Some of the final cladding has appeared on the new HSBC Headquarters building at Arena Central. Click 'View Article' below to see some more photos.

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Some of the final cladding has appeared on the new HSBC Headquarters building at Arena Central. Click 'View Article' below to see some more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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01 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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Windows Installed on One Chamberlain Square

Some windows have been installed on the lower floors of One Chamberlain Square. The structure moves onto the last few floors. Click 'View Article' below to see more photos of the construction progress.

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Some windows have been installed on the lower floors of One Chamberlain Square. The structure moves onto the last few floors. Click 'View Article' below to see more photos of the construction progress.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29 Sep 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

The core of One Chamberlain Square has risen into view from many vantage points around the city centre, it won't be long now till structural completion.

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27 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays
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Amazing reflections on the Birmingham canal

Daniel catches the Hyatt & Birmingham's Gas Street Basin in amazing sunset lighting creating great reflections on the canal.

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27 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays
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Birmingham celebrates National Poetry Day (28 Sept)

Great to see Birmingham supporting National Poetry Day with a free event 5.30pm till 7pm on 28th September at the Library of Birmingham

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27 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays
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Regency Wharf moorings on the Birmingham canal

Victoria 2012 moored at Regency Wharf on the Birmingham canal - great photos of the canal from Damien.  

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25 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays
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Early riser? Try Sutton Park - you won't regret it!

We're not suggesting a 6am walk round Sutton Park every morning, but try it and with views like this you won't regret it! 

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24 Sep 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower One

Bank Tower One at the Left Bank development is over three quarters clad now and is showing its stricking colours. Click 'View Article' below to see some more photos.

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Bank Tower One at the Left Bank development is over three quarters clad now and is showing its stricking colours. Click 'View Article' below to see some more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Sep 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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Rainbow at Sunset

An amazing capture of rare lighting and weather conditions over the city centre, as the sun sets just after a heavy shower it bursts through a thinning of the clouds producing a rainbow against a black sky. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

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22 Sep 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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Great talent spotted by The Cube!

The Cube Photographers of 2017 have been announced. Here's Fay & Oliver with their trophies & entries - brilliant photography of an iconic building! Last year's winner Daniel of BirminghamWeAre fame one of the judges this year says "the talent was incredible making the decision an extremely difficult one"

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22 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays
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15,000 riders x 100 miles = 1.5 million miles covered! - Brilliant!

100 mile bike ride from Birmingham and covering surrounding counties to be enjoyed by 15,000 riders - great initiative! Good luck all!

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21 Sep 2017 - Mark Hipwell
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People inspired - introducing Mark Hipwell - Birmingham's 'face of industry' 2017 & a very talented sketcher too!

This year's winner of Birmingham's 'Future Face of Industry' run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is Mark Hipwell. Mark, who works at HS2 Ltd, is a talent and inspiration for young aspiring engineers in many ways. View the article and find out more about Mark.

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People inspired - introducing Mark Hipwell - Birmingham's 'face of industry' 2017 & a very talented sketcher too!




This year's winner of Birmingham's 'Future Face of Industry' run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is Mark Hipwell. Mark, who works at HS2 Ltd, is a talent and inspiration for young aspiring engineers in many ways. View the article and find out more about Mark.


Mark Hipwell is a talented Bridge Engineer currently working at HS2 Ltd on the Central section of the new High Speed line between Birmingham and London. He's on secondment looking at the Land Access and Property Management elements of the work.

 

Mark recently took up his passion for sketching again after a brief pause having graduated from University. Technical drawing was his favourite module and as Mark says "there hasn't been much need for it when drowning in Excel spreadsheets & schedules!"

 

 

But in a world of AutoCAD and 3D modelling, a sketch or a picture from an engineer really does paint a 1000 words. Quick meetings with clients or senior engineers when trying to explain a problem or concept really benefits from a sketch with a few lines and arrows to show how a bridge moves or how a structure stands up!

 

Mark has recently taken up sketching again as a way of capturing the incredible new builds going on in Birmingham at the moment! An example being the new HSBC HQ at Arena Central overlooking (what will be) the gorgeous new designed Centenary Square.

 

 

His sketches have also focused on the development at Paradise Birmingham and the architecturally striking One and Two Chamberlain Square in the heart of Brum. Not to mention the towering Snowhill Three, The Left Bank on Broad Street and Aston University student accommodation!

 

 

Mark says "It’s amazing to watch them getting built, and sketching how they look now & how they’ll look in the future". 

 

As a young professional, and recent winner of this year’s Future Face of Industry run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Mark finds Birmingham to be a phenomenally exciting city to be living and working in and he says "it’s only getting better!"

 

We are delighted to be able to showcase Mark as both an inspired engineer and a talented artist and we look forward to sharing more of his work with you.   

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21 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays
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Great celebrations all weekend!

Don't forget - great celebrations of art, music and culture all weekend with Birmingham Weekender. It's party time!  

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17 Sep 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

One Chamberlain Square is moving on to the fianal few floors and is getting close to starting exterior work. Click 'view article' to see more photos.

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One Chamberlain Square is moving on to the fianal few floors and is getting close to starting exterior work. Click 'view article' to see more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays
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People inspired - introducing Alex, a young man with Autism who's realising his dream to present on TV

Alex Manners is a young man with autism who has a burning desire to become a professional television presenter.  Many people with autism may consider this kind of ‘in front of camera’ role as daunting and something they feel would be too hard for them considering their difficulties with anxiety. Not so for Alex! Read our article to find out why.

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People inspired - introducing Alex, a young man with Autism who's realising his dream to present on TV




Alex Manners is a young man with autism who has a burning desire to become a professional television presenter.  Many people with autism may consider this kind of ‘in front of camera’ role as daunting and something they feel would be too hard for them considering their difficulties with anxiety. Not so for Alex! Read our article to find out why.


There are many people with Autism who have found that, despite their challenges, they can adopt a role or persona and perform well in front of people or in front of a camera. For example Chris Packham, Guy Martin, Alan Gardener and other performing artists like Susan Boyle and Daryll Hannah. Alex was inspired by these people and decided that his autism could actually be turned into a positive.

 

Alex has a form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. For Alex, he believes this to be the reason as to why he is so quirky, creative and different and thinks these qualities will enable him to break into the TV world.

 

 

Another huge passion of Alex is football. He is obsessed with football and his whole bedroom is covered in football memorabilia. His quest is to visit all 92 grounds within the English Football League and he is currently on ground 72. He also films all of the Solihull Moors home games for BT Sport. Alex has written articles in a number of publications.

 

 

Alex has been interviewed a number of times on the television and radio about various different topics from his Asperger’s, through to his Top Gear Audition. He has been interviewed 3 times on BBC WM, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Big News at Big centre TV (now called Made in Birmingham) and on the Antiques Roadshow. He has also written many articles on what it is like living with Asperger’s for various magazines such as the Autism Parenting magazine and the SEN magazine.

 

 

Alex has always loved wearing bright and colourful clothes and at school this was always an issue. Alex says "If I am wearing colourful clothes then I feel that I can conquer anything. However, if I have to wear dark coloured clothes then I can become quite depressed to the point where I would rather not carry out the particular activity or attend the particular event. In 6th form a lot of the younger children started calling me 'Rainbow Man'" For Alex, this simply led him to create his own children’s show called “Rainbow Man” which was reviewed by the Cbeebies commissioning team.

 

 

Alex knew that he wanted to do a job where he could express his personality and his dress sense. He decided to start a YouTube channel and as soon as he filmed his very first video he knew that he really enjoyed being in front of the camera.

 

However it was not until he attended a TV Presenter training course at the Custard Factory in 2015 that he really knew that being a TV Presenter was the job for him.

Alex has been a runner at Big Centre TV (now called Made in Birmingham), shadowed one of the presenters for a week on BBC WM and had a week down in London at BT Sports. At BT Sports he not only got to watch a live “Rugby Tonight” programme being produced but also got to go on stage during the rehearsals of the Clare Balding show and act as a stand-in.

 

 

Alex was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2007 when he was 10 years old. Alex says "I had no idea what this was at the time or what it meant .... my dad told me that I should not be worried about having Asperger’s because many of our family members have Asperger’s traits and it gives us special powers. From then on I have always viewed my Asperger’s as something positive and that I feel lucky to have".

 

When in front of the camera,  Alex feels his Asperger’s has helped him as his colourful appearance always seems to lighten up any interview or video that he may be in and allows him to start speaking with confidence. He also believe it makes him much more able to engage in conversation. He says "It may look as though I have no trouble with asking or being asked questions but it is much harder than you think, especially as you only have a short time to do it in".

 

 

Alex has received lots of encouragement from many people such as Michael Portillo, Gary Newbon and Fiona Bruce. He's always believed that if you want something then just ask, as the worst anybody will say is no. For this reason he has always contacted everyone no matter who they are or how famous they are.

 

Alec says "The first thing that everybody should understand is that every single person with Autism is different. Secondly, we are just as able to carry out tasks as Non-Autistic people but we may just need more time or more precise instructions. It affects how we communicate with others and how we make sense of the world around us. Many find that reading facial expression or understanding common phrases difficult. Also they may not be able to look you in the eye. Don’t be put off by this. It may look as though they are not listening to you but they will be, they will just be focusing on something other than yourself".

 

One of the areas Alex would love to work in is children’s presenting and so many of the presenters on Children’s shows inspire him such as Justin Fletcher and the Chuckle Brothers. Another person that really inspires him is Michael Portillo, not only for the way he dresses but also for the way he engages an audience.

 

 

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15 Sep 2017 - Mac McCreery
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People inspired - Introducing 'Monochrome Mac' from Birmingham

In the first of our features looking at the passions of inspired people, we'd like to introduce you to Mac. Mac McCreery lives in Birmingham and has found photography to be an excellent way of tackling his issues with anxiety. We have pulled together a selection of photography from Mac, his particular specialism being monochrome photography across Birmingham. Take a look we think you will be inspired!

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In the first of our features looking at the passions of inspired people, we'd like to introduce you to Mac. Mac McCreery lives in Birmingham and has found photography to be an excellent way of tackling his issues with anxiety. We have pulled together a selection of photography from Mac, his particular specialism being monochrome photography across Birmingham. Take a look we think you will be inspired!


Mac McCreery is an inspired amateur photographer who lives in Birmingham

 

It is nearly five years since Mac left a Black Country town to live in Digbeth, Birmingham. For Mac, it's the atmosphere that attracts him, the mix of old and the new, the core of Birmingham. He says: "What’s not to love?"

 

A selection of Mac's photography 

 

Anxiety issues have often prevented Mac from doing what he wants to do, and is extremely good at doing. He was nervous about taking photos, and he says "there are so many talented folk out there". However Mac has been quick to realise that photography can be his "stress buster". 

 

At BirminghamWeAre we say - Keep the photography coming Mac. They're brilliant and you're extremely talented! 

 

 

Photo:  Towards the City from Birmingham (Mac McCreery)

 

 

Photo:  St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham (Mac McCreery)

 

 

Photo: Moody skies over Birmingham (Mac McCreery)

 

 

Photo: Corporation Street, Birmingham (Mac McCreery)

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14 Sep 2017 - Daniel Sturley
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Rain Shower Over the City

A rain shower breaks out over Edgbaston in the autumn evening light seen fron the city centre.

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14 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays
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Celebrate Birmingham's great canals!

A must go to event this weekend at Birmingham Canal Festival with floating markets and more with the great Canal River Trust.

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