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11 Oct 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - September/October 2019

Here's a gallery of photos from September and October so far of the construction of Bank Birmingham Tower Two, with lots of different lighting conditions.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - September/October 2019





Here's a gallery of photos from September and October so far of the construction of Bank Birmingham Tower Two, with lots of different lighting conditions.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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11 Oct 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - October 2019

Here's a few photos of the externally completed One Chamberlain Square from several angles. Don't forget that our gallery for this build has photos of the entire construction from the demolition of the old Central Library onwards, go to 'related' on the post to see the feature project and view the previous posts and the gallery.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - October 2019





Here's a few photos of the externally completed One Chamberlain Square from several angles. Don't forget that our gallery for this build has photos of the entire construction from the demolition of the old Central Library onwards, go to 'related' on the post to see the feature project and view the previous posts and the gallery.


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11 Oct 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - October 2019

Here's a small gallery of recent photos of the externally completed Two Chamberlain Square. This feature project has photos covering the whole construction process, click 'related' to see the gallery and previous posts.

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - October 2019





Here's a small gallery of recent photos of the externally completed Two Chamberlain Square. This feature project has photos covering the whole construction process, click 'related' to see the gallery and previous posts.


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25 Sep 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham Oratory: a guided tour on the last day of Birmingham Heritage Week (September 2019)

I've been meaning to visit the inside of the Birmingham Oratory on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston for quite some time now. And I noticed that the last 3 days had free open days there. I only had time to visit on the Sunday 22nd September 2019. Got there after 2pm for the 2:15pm guided tour. It lasted about an hour. Most of it was built in the first half of the 20th century.

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Birmingham Oratory: a guided tour on the last day of Birmingham Heritage Week (September 2019)





I've been meaning to visit the inside of the Birmingham Oratory on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston for quite some time now. And I noticed that the last 3 days had free open days there. I only had time to visit on the Sunday 22nd September 2019. Got there after 2pm for the 2:15pm guided tour. It lasted about an hour. Most of it was built in the first half of the 20th century.


In the middle of October 2019, Blessed John Henry Newman is to be created a Saint by Pope Francis I at the Vatican in Rome. His predecessor Pope Benedict XVI visited Birmingham in September 2010, beautifying Cardinal Newman at Cofton Park, and later visiting the Birmingham Oratory, unveiling a new blue plaque in Newman's honour.

During Birmingham Heritage Week, there was Heritage Open Days, free to visit at the Oratory during the last three days, in the afternoon. You could go on free guided tours of the Oratory Church.

Small bit of history first. The Oratory of St Philip Neri was established in 1849 by Cardinal Newman. At first based at the Church of St Anne on Alcester Street, they later found a more suitable site on the Hagley Road, the community relocated there in 1852. The current church began between 1907 and 1910 in the Baroque style to replace the original structure as a memorial to Newman. It was designed by Edward Doran Webb.

It is a Grade II* listed building, being listed as The Church of the Immaculate Conception (The Oratory), the Oratory Priests' House and the Former Oratory School Buildings.

Additions by G B Cox in 1927, including earlier work by John Hungerford Pollen of 1858, Henry Clutton of 1872-3. Also including the presbytery building by Terence Flanagan in 1851, plus the former Oratory School buildings designed by Henry Clutton in 1861-2 and 1872-3.

My full album on my Flickr including my earlier exterior photos is here Birmingham Oratory.

 

First up photos I took of the Oratory before and after the guided tour.

Exterior from the Private Oratory Car Park

The red brick building leads to the Cloisters and the main entrance. Used to be a school in this building known as the Oratory School. It was built betwen the 1860s and 1870s, designed by Henry Clutton.

This building is the main church part of the Oratory. Now also known as the Cardinal Newman Memorial Church. This was mostly built from 1903 to 1909, designed by E Doran Webb.

This small corner turreted building is the Shrine of St Philip Neri. During the guided tour, it was quite cramped being inside of it. It was built in 1927 and designed by G B Cox at the north west corner of the church.

Looking at the brickwork outside, it doesn't quite match with the earlier church. Behind the Shrine you can see red brick filling in the two walls of the church.

A close up look at the Shrine of St Philip Neri from the outside. It has a copper dome on top.

Cloisters

I saw the cloisters before going on the guided tour. Slightly reminds me of cloisters I've seen in France or Spain (although those are centuries older).

After heading in the main entrance from Hagley Road, a first proper look at the Cloisters. There is a shop to the left (also tea room I think). The main church is to the right. The cloisters was formerly the Oratory School. Newman founed it in 1852. It later moved to Reading in 1922. St Philip's Grammar School was later here from 1887 until it closed in 1995.

Facing the main church. Now known as the Cardinal Newman Memorial Church. Built from 1907 to 1910.

On this side of the cloisters was loads of memorial stones, including one for Cardinal Newman. It was around here, that those who went on the first guided tour of the afternoon waited.

This way towards the car park. We didn't have access to these buildings (I mean going up to the first floor), as it wasn't part of the tour.

I think that's a fountain in the middle, but it wasn't flowing water. This side towards the shop / tea room (I didn't go in). Heading back to the left to wait for the start of the guided tour.

Cardinal Newman Memorial Church

The guided tour started in here. I went on the 2:15pm tour, an it lasted around an hour, as the guide explained from her notepad facts about the church and it's history. She would take us all the way around, including into the Shrine of St Philip Neri.

The marble columns came from Italy, and they were shipped by a steamer ship 2 at a time. Then they headed up the canal network once in the UK, being unloaded at Monument Road. The same steamer headed back to Italy to collect more columns, again 2 at a time.

The Organ Gallery is above the main entrance door to the church. Towards the south end.

The main dome near the front of the church. Is close to the High Altar. It's close to the second organ in the church and the Our Lady’s altar. You expect something like this in Italy, not here in Birmingham!

At the front is the High Altar. At the top is painting with a rainbow above it. It was designed in 1899 by Dunstan Powell and was for the old church. There is a raised step just before this area.

The Our Lady’s altar seen to the left. It is second hand. It came from the Church of S Andrea della Valle in Rome in 1911. The pair of columns were originally meant for Westminster Cathedral in London, but they broke, so instead they came to the Birmingham Oratory instead!

Shrines to St Philip Neri and Cardinal Newman

Side rooms in the Oratory. One dedicated to the founder of the Oratory movement, St Philip Neri. The other to Cardinal Newman, who was made Blessed in 2010, and soon to be a Saint.

Was a tight squeeze getting members of the tour group into the Shrine of St Philip Neri. A look up to the dome. The portrait of Philip Neri is a replica. The shrine was designed by G B Cox and built in 1927, added to the north west corner (see exteriors further up this post).

The body is a wax facsimile, but resembles St Philip Neri. There might be some relics inside. Took this as the group started to come out of the Shrine, as wasn't possible while it was crowded in there. He was born in Florence in 1515 and died in Rome in 1579. Philip Neri was beatified by Paul V in 1615 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622.

I think (although not sure) that this (below) might be the St Anne's Altar. Just quick look, I didn't go inside of this one. I thought the guide would take us in here. The nearby Shrine to Blessed Newman was closed for refurbishment ahead of his Sainthood being declared in October 2019. A temporary shine (it says on the door of Newman's Shrine) could be found at St Anne's Altar.

This used to be the St Philip’s Chapel, but is now the Shrine of Blessed John Henry Newman. It was closed for refurbishment, so took these photos through the windows in the doors.

Newman is due to be created a Saint after being Blessed since September 2010. It was probably part of the original church. It was last restored 9 years ago after Newman was beautified by Pope Benedict XVI. The canonisation is due to take place on the 13th October 2019 by Pope Francis I at the Vatican in Rome. The Prince of Wales will be travelling there, representing the Queen (as she no longer travels abroad).

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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10 Sep 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham photography from Daniel - his favourite July and August photos - enjoy!

Take the full post for a wonderful collection of photography taken across Birmingham during July and August 2019.

Above photo: Birmingham, Towers in Hodge Hill from Fort Dunlop - July 2019

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Birmingham photography from Daniel - his favourite July and August photos - enjoy!





Take the full post for a wonderful collection of photography taken across Birmingham during July and August 2019.

Above photo: Birmingham, Towers in Hodge Hill from Fort Dunlop - July 2019


Birmingham, the City from Fort Dunlop - July 2019

On the Roof of Fort Dunlop - July 2019

The 'Birmingham Family' - Sculpture in Centenary Square - July 2019

The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - July 2019

The Construction of Bank Tower Two, Birmingham - July 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - July 2019

The Hyatt Regency Hotel reflected in Centenary Square, Birmingham - July 2019

Cranes at the Construction of the Mercian in Birmingham - August 2019

The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham - August 2019

'Sky High Birmingham' from the Hyatt Regency Hotel - August 2019

'Sky High Birmingham' from the Hyatt Regency Hotel - August 2019

The Full Moon over Arena Central, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of Bank Tower Two, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC), Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - Interiors - August 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - Interiors - August 2019

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham - Interiors - August 2019

The Construction of Bank Tower Two, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham - August 2019

Crane at the Paradise Development, Birmingham - August 2019

Dandara at Arena Central, Birmingham - September 2019

The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC), Birmingham - September 2019

Arena Central, Birmingham - September 2019

Arena Central - September 2019

All photography by Daniel Sturley - View more of Daniel's photography HERE.

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