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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.

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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.

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


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

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

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.

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.

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.

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Follow us for more great history and 'Did you Know' facts as we build a gallery and catalogue of wonderful architecture to be found across Birmingham.

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Environment & green spaces
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.

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.

This tram model at Crich was of the Birmingham Corporation Tramsways service from 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?

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.

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.

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.

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

 

 

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.

 

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Construction & regeneration
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


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
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.

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!

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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. 

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.

ArchitectureAndUs

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. 

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 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. 

Take the full post


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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Construction & regeneration
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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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.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square




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

Photo by Daniel Sturley


 

Photos 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.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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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


Photos 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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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.


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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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


Photos 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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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.


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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

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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.

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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.

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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 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


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.

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

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

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

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.

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).

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Photo courtesy Damien Walmsley

 

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!

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

 

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


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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