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08 Jan 2018 - FreeTimePays

Become a BirminghamWeAre Associate or Partner

Half hour meetings including full tour of Community Workspace. Choose your time and email Jonathan.
09 Jan 2018 to 11 Jan 2018
4pm - 7pm every day
The Distillery, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE

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07 Jan 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Exchange Square at Eastside

The development at Exchange Square is rising fast now with all the cores up and main structures well on the way. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos of the site.

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Exchange Square at Eastside


The development at Exchange Square is rising fast now with all the cores up and main structures well on the way. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos of the site.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07 Jan 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Corporation Street and the Victoria Law Courts

Low winter sunshine and a clear blue sky can be great conditions for showcasing great architecture, details become apparent that are usually less obvious. Daniel got a nice set of shots in Corporation Street of the amazing terracotta Victoria Law Courts, Click 'View Article' to see the gallery. 

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Corporation Street and the Victoria Law Courts


Low winter sunshine and a clear blue sky can be great conditions for showcasing great architecture, details become apparent that are usually less obvious. Daniel got a nice set of shots in Corporation Street of the amazing terracotta Victoria Law Courts, Click 'View Article' to see the gallery. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07 Jan 2018 - FreeTimePays

It's Your Build - bringing construction & people together for positive community impact!

Take the article below to see just why Its Your Build is receiving so mucn interest and attention as a fantastic initiative to bring people closer and more involved in construction that's happening in their city, town and community. It's all about engagement! It's all about keeping people involved! To find out more, contact Jonathan.Bostock@FreeTimePays.com

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It's Your Build - bringing construction & people together for positive community impact!


Take the article below to see just why Its Your Build is receiving so mucn interest and attention as a fantastic initiative to bring people closer and more involved in construction that's happening in their city, town and community. It's all about engagement! It's all about keeping people involved! To find out more, contact Jonathan.Bostock@FreeTimePays.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07 Jan 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Westside City Skyline at Sunset

Daniel got this colourful shot of the Westside City skyline, looking west towards Edgbaston with the ICC, Bridleyplace and the Fiveways cluster. Taken on a tripod with a Canon 60D, using an 18mm lens, F8, 5 second exposure with a polariser filter,

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07 Jan 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The concrete core for Bank Tower Two is up to the 18th floor, soon to be level with Tower One. The main structure is progressing well with the lower floors well into construction. Click 'View Article' to see some more photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The concrete core for Bank Tower Two is up to the 18th floor, soon to be level with Tower One. The main structure is progressing well with the lower floors well into construction. Click 'View Article' to see some more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05 Jan 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Westside City Skyline Changes Again

The westside city skyline welcomes the concrete core for Bank Tower Two, about half way up now and soon to rise above Tower One, here seen at night looking over Brindleyplace towards Edgbaston.

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05 Jan 2018 - FreeTimePays

Hey Birmingham, look! All of this is on our doorstep

Most people when you say Birmingham will think of a major City in the process of even greater growth, with construction underway almost everywhere you look. But venture not too far from the City Centre and just look at what's on the City's doorstep. Birmingham has so many Gems to enjoy and so much to offer. Take the article for a selection of wonderful photos from Chris Fletcher. 

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Hey Birmingham, look! All of this is on our doorstep


Most people when you say Birmingham will think of a major City in the process of even greater growth, with construction underway almost everywhere you look. But venture not too far from the City Centre and just look at what's on the City's doorstep. Birmingham has so many Gems to enjoy and so much to offer. Take the article for a selection of wonderful photos from Chris Fletcher. 


This selection of wonderful photographs were taken by Chris Fletcher throughout 2017 and they go to show the variety of great walks, green spaces and countryside available for those who take a short drive or, in some cases, even a short walk, from the centre of Birmingham.   

 

Early Autumn morning at Stonebridge Golf Course near Birmingham Airport 

 

Grand Central Canal in Olton as a barge passes by

 

Mid summer in Meriden, a beautiful area of countryside just outside of Birmingham

 

Another shot from Stonebridge Gold Course on an early Autumn morning

 

Down by the canal close to the City Centre on a snowy winter's day

 

Within a short driving distance of Birmingham, a lovely summer's evening in Alvecote Wood near Tamworth

 

A beautiful autumn morning on the Grand Union Canal near Solihull

 

 

 

 

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02 Jan 2018 - FreeTimePays

Cricket as a Commonwealth Games sport in 2022 - yes please!

Well certainly the followers of BirminghamWeAre think so as these results to our recent poll show, with 70% of those responding backing such a move. With the internationally aclaimed Edgbaston Cricket Ground we definitely do have the infrastructure for it right here in the City.

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02 Jan 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Cranes in Reflection

Here's a nice photo of the cranes at Paradise Birmingham reflected in the windows of Symphony Hall which is some four hundred metres away.

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01 Jan 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Gas Street Basin in the Winter Sunlight

Gas Street Basin is at the heart of the 18th Century British Canal Network and is surrounded by modern development. It's a great spot for photographers, especially during interesting lighting conditions. Here's a gallery of shots from Daniel Sturley during a brief spell of low winter sunlight. Click 'View Article' to see the photos.

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Gas Street Basin in the Winter Sunlight


Gas Street Basin is at the heart of the 18th Century British Canal Network and is surrounded by modern development. It's a great spot for photographers, especially during interesting lighting conditions. Here's a gallery of shots from Daniel Sturley during a brief spell of low winter sunlight. Click 'View Article' to see the photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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01 Jan 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Gas Street Basin

Daniel was lucky enough to catch a moment of low winter sunlight at Gas Street Basin this afternoon, had great fun with his polariser he says, more to come later.

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People & community
31 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

Engaging people in a booming Eastside - a Birmingham 100+ project with passion

Have you seen what's going on down at Eastside in Birmingham?  There's a growing band of passionate people keen to engage, share and be involved in all that's going on. Be part of it at BirminghamWeAre. Take the web link to view the project, photos and links.

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31 Dec 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Huge economic & social benefits to come from the Midland Metropolitan Hospital

With so much to offer the community locally and across the region, the build of this £350m Super Hospital in Sandwell is due for completion in Spring 2019. We will be engaging the community in this major impact focused development. Join us and share your pics & thoughts through 2018. Take the article below for our skyline view from Birmingham City Centre.

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Huge economic & social benefits to come from the Midland Metropolitan Hospital


With so much to offer the community locally and across the region, the build of this £350m Super Hospital in Sandwell is due for completion in Spring 2019. We will be engaging the community in this major impact focused development. Join us and share your pics & thoughts through 2018. Take the article below for our skyline view from Birmingham City Centre.


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26 Dec 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The Iceskate Birmingham Fun Fair

Daniel went down to the Iceskate Birmingham fun fair as the sun came out and hung low in the sky, great lighting conditions it seems as he got some great shots. Click 'View Article' to see the photos.

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The Iceskate Birmingham Fun Fair


Daniel went down to the Iceskate Birmingham fun fair as the sun came out and hung low in the sky, great lighting conditions it seems as he got some great shots. Click 'View Article' to see the photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Dec 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

A progress update from One Chamberlain Square which is starting to have the lighter vertical window dividers installed on the back, the lower floors fully wrapped in windows and the final roof structure bieng assembled. Click 'View Article' to view a gallery of photos.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


A progress update from One Chamberlain Square which is starting to have the lighter vertical window dividers installed on the back, the lower floors fully wrapped in windows and the final roof structure bieng assembled. Click 'View Article' to view a gallery of photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Dec 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Cranes Across the City

It seems that wherever you look nowadays there's a crane in view across Birmingham, and whilst they may be considered boring by lots, there are many people who are very interested in them. If nothing else, we think they can be a great subject for photographers. Shown above is the installation of the very tall crane for Bank Tower Two on Broad Street in November. Here is a gallery of photos of cranes from the last year or so on various major construction sites. Click 'View Article' to view a gallery of photos of cranes from the last year or so on various major construction sites.

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Cranes Across the City


It seems that wherever you look nowadays there's a crane in view across Birmingham, and whilst they may be considered boring by lots, there are many people who are very interested in them. If nothing else, we think they can be a great subject for photographers. Shown above is the installation of the very tall crane for Bank Tower Two on Broad Street in November. Here is a gallery of photos of cranes from the last year or so on various major construction sites. Click 'View Article' to view a gallery of photos of cranes from the last year or so on various major construction sites.


The installation of the massive crane for the construction of Bank Tower two by Wates Group on the Left Bank Site on Broad Street.

 

An unusual sight, all the cranes at the Smethwick Super Hospital face in the same direction during the high winds in October.

 

Not the tallest crane, but this one at the construction of the Unite Union HQ in Aston has a huge reach.

 

Before the main construction cranes go in, moble ones start with the preparation and early stages, here the two at Paradise Birmingham rest during a break at One Chamberlain Square.

 

The cranes at Three Snow Hill, one is tethered to the core for extra support and stability.

 

The cranes at Three Snow Hill seen from the Aston University campus.

 

A black sky after a heavy rain shower is the backdrop for the new HSBC HQ building.

 

The crane for Bank Tower Two being installed in November.

 

The cranes above Paradise Birmingham framing the one at Exchange Square in the Eastside near Masshouse from the 'Secret Garden' atop the Library.

 

The crane above Bank Tower One against an evening summer sky.

 

The installation of the main crane for One Chamberlain Square at Paradise Birmingham, the crane being used to demolish the old Natwest Tower on Colmore Row.

Giddy viewing, even from below as the cab for the Bank Tower Two crane is lifted into position.

 

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23 Dec 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Cranes Can Be Photogenic

Here's a shot from the 'Secret Garden' atop the Library of the cranes above Paradise Birmingham framing the one at Exchange Square in the Eastside near Masshouse.

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Construction & regeneration
23 Dec 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Bank Tower Two Hits the City Skyline

Seen here from the 'Secret Garden' atop the Library of Birmingham, the core for Bank Tower Two is about half way up and will soon rise above Tower One. More recent photos to come.

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22 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

Lord Mayor of Birmingham takes delivery of a Birmingham Gem

A canvas presented to the Lord Mayor by Jonathan Bostock of BirminghamWeAre and passionate Birmingham photographer Christopher Fletcher is of a beautiful scene along the Worcester & Birmingham canal. The photograph, one of many in the ever growing Birmingham Gems collection, was a particular favourite of the Lord Mayor when she attended the Birmingham Gems launch in December 2017. 

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19 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham Gems available as canvases or framed prints

Love your City? Take our article below and view our selection of brilliant  Birmingham Gems photography, many included in our Birmingham Gems calendar. All are now available on canvas and as framed prints. Donations of £10 to £20 to Birmingham Museums Trust for every canvas and framed print purchased.   

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Birmingham Gems available as canvases or framed prints


Love your City? Take our article below and view our selection of brilliant  Birmingham Gems photography, many included in our Birmingham Gems calendar. All are now available on canvas and as framed prints. Donations of £10 to £20 to Birmingham Museums Trust for every canvas and framed print purchased.   


 

An amazing autumn scene on the canal (order ref: CF1)

Photographer: Chris Fletcher

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Under the bridge at Livery Street (order ref: DW1)

Photographer: Damien Walmsley

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A beautiful rainbow, seen from Gas Street Basin (order ref: CF2)

Photographer: Chris Fletcher

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Centenary Square with Ice Skate Birmingham & Ferris Wheel (order ref: EL1) 

Photographer: Ellie Lilly

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The Hyatt Regency Hotel and The Cube (order ref: DS1)

Photographer: Daniel Sturley

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Birmingham city skyline against a sunset (order ref: GD1)

Photographer: George Daley

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Looking down Gibb Street past the Custard Factory (order ref: FL1)

Photographer: Fay Loewy

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The Hyatt Regency Hotel at sunset (order ref: DS2)

Photographer: Daniel Sturley

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Fountains on the plaza outside Millenium Point (order ref: DW2)

Photographer: Damien Walmsley 

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The Library of Birmingham at night (order ref: OK1)

Photographer: Oliver Kuklovsky

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Blossom in Oozells Square with the Ikon Art Gallery (order ref: KM1)

Photographer: Kev Maslin

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The canal towpath reflecting The Cube (order ref: FL2)

Photographer: Fay Loewy

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The scene from the markets looking towards the Bullring (order ref: DS3)

Photographer: Daniel Sturley

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Amazing rainbow with the Hyatt Regency and The Cube (order ref: DS4)

Photographer: Daniel Sturley

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View from Selfridges across Digbeth (order ref: MMC1)

Photographer: 'Mac' McCreery

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18 Dec 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

A photo update from the construction of One Chamberlain Square, click 'View Article' to view more photos.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


A photo update from the construction of One Chamberlain Square, click 'View Article' to view more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham's canals - View the most amazing gallery of photos!

Take the article below to see some amazing photography taken along the canals that run through and around Birmingham.  All the photos have been taken by people who are passionate about their City and all it offers!  This is just a selection, much much more to come.

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Birmingham's canals - View the most amazing gallery of photos!


Take the article below to see some amazing photography taken along the canals that run through and around Birmingham.  All the photos have been taken by people who are passionate about their City and all it offers!  This is just a selection, much much more to come.


Photo by Chris Fletcher

 

Photo by Hanny Foxhall 

 

Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley 

 

Photo by Chris Fletcher

 

Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Photo by Elliott Brown 

 

Photo by 'Mac' McCreery 

 

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14 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

Great inspiration shown by young people in Balsall Heath!

Wonderful & inspirational few hours last night in the company of Balsall Heath residents, guests, Lord Mayor and dynamic & inspired young people - well done Balsall Heath Forum for putting on a great show. 

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13 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

The winter that was in Birmingham! Superb gallery of photography (Dec 17)

Take the article below and enjoy a selection of some wonderful photography captured by followers of Birmingham We Are. Opportunities like this don't come around that often so we have created a digital gallery of some beautiful photographs for your enjoyment. We'll keep the project and gallery open just in case we get some more of the same!

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The winter that was in Birmingham! Superb gallery of photography (Dec 17)


Take the article below and enjoy a selection of some wonderful photography captured by followers of Birmingham We Are. Opportunities like this don't come around that often so we have created a digital gallery of some beautiful photographs for your enjoyment. We'll keep the project and gallery open just in case we get some more of the same!


By the canal in Birmingham on Saturday night were early signs of what was to come. Photo: Damien Wamsley (09/12/17)

 

Sunday was a great day for huskies in Birmingham. Here's 'Polo'! Photo: Debbie Power (10/12/17)

 

Canal at Brindley Place looking beautiful! Photo: Daniel Sturley (10/12/17)

 

For some, it was the City they headed for! Photo: Chris Fletcher (10/12/17)

 

For others, it was a winter's wonderland in the Park! Photo: Tim Cornbill (10/12/17)

 

Some were catching a cold like Birmingham's Floozie! Photo: Tammie Naughton (10/12/17)

 

A few just knew what the canal would offer. Photo: Hanny Foxhall (10/12/17)

 

A Birmingham winter wonderland by the canal - It just had to be worth another entry! Photo: Hanny Foxhall (10/12/17)

 

It was picture postcard time in Northfield! Photo: Richard Franks (10/12/12)

 

With blue skies, it was magical in St. Paul's Square, Birmingham. Photo: Elliott Brown (11/12/17)

 

And not one to be outdone, here's St. Philip's Cathedral. Photo: Simon Thomas (11/12/17)

 

A beautiful reflection in a ball on the festive tree in Brindleyplace. Photo: Daniel Sturley (10/12/17)

 

The canal, snow and monochrome photography - beautiful! Photo: Mac McCreery (10/12/17)

 

Picture perfect along the canals in Birmingham. Photo: Chris Fletcher (10/12/17)

 

And for the final word - our Birmingham Bull Ring bull wisely with his coat on! Photo: Tammie Naughton (10/12/17)  

 

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