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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!

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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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Architecture
Displaying until 18 Aug 2019 - 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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Architecture
13 Nov 2018 - Elliott Brown

Calthorpe Estates: Edgbaston - a selection of Georgian / Regency / Victorian villas / town houses

Edgbaston the picture perfect suburb of Birmingham has long been managed by the Calthorpe Estates. You would see around white houses dating back to the Georgian and Regency periods, as well as from the Victorian era. Mostly the area between the Hagley Road, Harborne Road, Calthorpe Road and Church Road (and the connecting roads in the area).

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Calthorpe Estates: Edgbaston - a selection of Georgian / Regency / Victorian villas / town houses




Edgbaston the picture perfect suburb of Birmingham has long been managed by the Calthorpe Estates. You would see around white houses dating back to the Georgian and Regency periods, as well as from the Victorian era. Mostly the area between the Hagley Road, Harborne Road, Calthorpe Road and Church Road (and the connecting roads in the area).


St George's School Edgbaston

Located at 31 Calthorpe Road. A Grade II listed building dates to 1835. Was formerly the Edgbaston College for Girls. Mainly includes a large formerly detached Grecio-Egyptian villa. Extended in 1883-86 on the foundation of the college. The school additions were by the architect J. A. Chatwin.

27 and 28 Calthorpe Road

In 2015 this was occupied by the RoSPA. Grade II listed building, a pair of three storey semi-detached stucco Calthorpe Estate villas built in 1830. No 27 was altered in 1850.

37 and 38 Calthorpe Road

A pair of semi-detached stucco 2 storey villas built in 1835, they are Grade II listed. Canted pilaster bay windows was added in 1860. Otto Robert Frisch and Rudolf Peierls lived at no 38 while they were working at the University of Birmingham on nuclear research which led to the first atomic bomb (this was from February to March 1940).

41, 42 and 43 Calthorpe Road

This is a pair of semi-detached stucco faced Calthorpe Estate villas built in 1830, they are Grade II listed buildings. In 2015 WPR was at no 43. Canted bay windows were added in 1860.

3 and 4 Highfield Road

A pair of semi detached houses built in 1830. Stucco in the late Regency style. Some parts were later added in 1860. J. R. R. Tolkien lived at no 4 from 1910 until 1911. It is now the Highfield Day Nursery and Preschool

More more on J R R Tolkien see this post J.R.R. Tolkien's Birmingham (inspiration for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

The Edgbaston - 18 Highfield Road

This is a Grade II listed building at 18 and 19 Highfield Road in Edgbaston. Built in 1840 it is a pair of symmetrical classical stucco villas. The right hand ground floor window of no 18 was replaced sometime between 1880 and 1890. There is coach house at no 18. The coach house at no 19 had been rebuilt. The Edgbaston is a Boutique Hotel & Cocktail Lounge.

 

Simpsons Restaurant - 20 Highfield Road

This property dates to 1840 and is Grade II listed. A large detached stucco villa. It's front entrance is on Westbourne Crescent. The rear on Highfield Road dates to 1855. Simpsons Restaurant was founded in 1993 by two chefs and it is one of Birmingham's restaurans with a Michelin Star.

The Highfield - 22 Highfield Road

The Highfield is a gastro pub that opened in recent years. Owned by the Peach family. The building is not listed, but it still retains an old sundial to the left! They modified the building removing two side doors that used to be there before.

26 Highfield Road

This property doesn't appear to be listed, but it has a blue plaque on it from the Birmingham Civic Society. Edward Richard Taylor (1838 - 1912) was an art teacher and William Howson Taylor (1876 - 1935) was a potter. They both lived here. The plaque was also presented by the Calthorpe Estates Residents Society.

Boston Tea Party - 30 Harborne Road

Boston Tea Party had originally hoped to open a cafe in Moseley, but the site they wanted later went to Prezzo (which was later replaced by Sorrento Lounge). Edgbaston is probably a better location for them here anyway. This building is not listed.

The Physician - 36 Harborne Road

The original building is over 180 years old dating to the 1830s. The BMI (Birmingham Medical Institute) was in this building from 1954 until their lease ran out in 2013. Later turned into a pub The Physician opened in 2016. The building is believed to have housed the 'Sampson Gangee Library for the History of Medicine' possibly commissioned in 1863 by Calthorpe Estates. It's on the corner with Highfield Road.

38 Harborne Road

Every Christmas the Calthorpe Estates places these Christmas reindeers at various places around Edgbaston. This property dates to about 1835 and is close to the corner with Highfield Road. There is a coach house to the left. It's a Grade II listed building.

105 Harborne Road

There is a blue plaque on this house for Francis Brett Young from the Birmingham Civic Society and the Francis Brett Young Society. A novelist, poet and physician, who lived here from 1905-6. The house itself is Grade II listed and dates to 1830. A pair of identical stucco houses. Both of the houses here have coach houses (now just garages).

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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News & Updates

Construction & regeneration
04 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Birmingham Construction Update - November 2018

Exchange Square now has it's main structure up to level with Maclaren House, a new crane has been installed on the site of 103 Colmore Row, the steel work on Three Centenary Square is rising around the central core, Bank Tower Two is up to the 30th floor and One Chamberlain Square is getting its final external details finished. Lots more photos and links to galleries in the full post.

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Birmingham Construction Update - November 2018




Exchange Square now has it's main structure up to level with Maclaren House, a new crane has been installed on the site of 103 Colmore Row, the steel work on Three Centenary Square is rising around the central core, Bank Tower Two is up to the 30th floor and One Chamberlain Square is getting its final external details finished. Lots more photos and links to galleries in the full post.


Eastside Construction Feature

 

Arena Central Feature

 

Bank Towers One and Two Feature

 

One Chamberlain Square Feature

 

Arena Central Feature

 

Crane Photography Feature 

 

Arena Central Feature

 

Two Chamberlain Square Feature

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
02 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Construction at Arena Central - September 2018

Construction at Arena Central powers on with the start of the main structure of Three Arena Central, the new HQ for HMRC Midlands and Dandara is almost externally complete. More photos of the site in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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Construction at Arena Central - September 2018




Construction at Arena Central powers on with the start of the main structure of Three Arena Central, the new HQ for HMRC Midlands and Dandara is almost externally complete. More photos of the site in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Gallery

Construction & regeneration
01 Nov 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

Two Chamberlain Square is continuing to rise at Paradise Birmingham, it's now looming over Centenary Way producing a wide canyon feel on the way down to the Museum and Art Gallery.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square




Two Chamberlain Square is continuing to rise at Paradise Birmingham, it's now looming over Centenary Way producing a wide canyon feel on the way down to the Museum and Art Gallery.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Gallery

Construction & regeneration
29 Oct 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Bank Tower Two now has it's main structure up to the 29th floor and much more cladding is installed or being prepared. The tower looks amazing in the winter sunlight! More photos in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




Bank Tower Two now has it's main structure up to the 29th floor and much more cladding is installed or being prepared. The tower looks amazing in the winter sunlight! More photos in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
21 Oct 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The scene from the Library of Birmingham shows how Bank Tower Two is rising well above the others in the westside cluster with several floors still to go. Over 20 photos in this update.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




The scene from the Library of Birmingham shows how Bank Tower Two is rising well above the others in the westside cluster with several floors still to go. Over 20 photos in this update.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Gallery

Construction & regeneration
21 Oct 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

Much of the external work is complete at One Chamberlain Square, just the rest of the sills to install it seems as well as finishing off the retail spaces at ground level. 12 more photos in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




Much of the external work is complete at One Chamberlain Square, just the rest of the sills to install it seems as well as finishing off the retail spaces at ground level. 12 more photos in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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History & heritage
14 Oct 2018 - FreeTimePays

Great architecture at Kings Norton

Another great 'Did you Know' post from Birmingham's People with Passion: Did you know that the area, now known as Kings Norton, was given to Queen Henrietta Maria as part of her wedding dowry. She also stayed over night in a building there in 1643. Photo and post credited to Pat Taylor.

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History & heritage
14 Oct 2018 - FreeTimePays

The magnificent Old Crown Pub in Digbeth

The 'Old Crown Pub' in Birmingham. Be great if they did tours, they'd be very popular. Stunning architecture all over Birmingham.

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History & heritage
26 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Help protect our City's history & our City's heritage!

BirminghamWeAre has once again selected the Birmingham Museums Trust as the charity to benefit from its hugely popular Birmingham Gems calendar. Due to massive demand, our 2019 calendar wll be printed early in November 2018 and launched at a reception at Birmingham Council House.

Help promote and protect our city's history & heritage as a sponsor.

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Help protect our City's history & our City's heritage!




BirminghamWeAre has once again selected the Birmingham Museums Trust as the charity to benefit from its hugely popular Birmingham Gems calendar. Due to massive demand, our 2019 calendar wll be printed early in November 2018 and launched at a reception at Birmingham Council House.

Help promote and protect our city's history & heritage as a sponsor.


As a sponsor and/or partner of the 2019 Birmingham Gems calendar, you and your organisation will be showing just how important it is to protect our City's history and heritage, both now and in the future!

Your invaluable contribution will go towards the cost of printing over 4,000 calendars and the production of framed prints and canvases that will be auctioned on the day of the launch event, Over 200 distribution points (including shops, hotels, visitor attractions and businesses) will be used to ensure the Calendar reaches people who live and work in the City, as well as those visiting Birmingham. A text donation request of £5 will ensure the Museum Trust, as a charity, is well supported.

As a thank you, and in recognition of your valuable support as a sponsor, you will receive :

  • 100 calendars free for your own use and distribution. (Please note: The text donation reguest is £5 per calendar so this represents the equivalent of £500 in calendars)
  • Your company's logo and/or brand appearing prominently throughout the calendar on every diary page and your logo and description printed on the inside cover of the calendar (see our 2018 calendar below).
  • An invitation for you, your colleagues and invited guests to join us at a launch event, to be held at the Birmingham Council House on the 6th November 2018 (noon till 3pm).
  • Two tickets to an exclusive VIP opening of an event at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (your choice of the high profile exhibitions during 2019)

Full social media coverage  of your involvement in the calendar will also confirm your passion for the City, its history and its heritage.

Join us as one of our valued and essential sponsors with a contribution (per sponsor) of £500. 

Contact us on 0121 410 5520 and ask for Debra Power, email Debra.Power@freetimepays.com or connect with us here.

View our 2018 Birmingham Gems Calendar for Charity

Inside cover containing sponsors and descriptions (example from 2018 calendar)

January 2018 diary page with sponsor logos and brands (example from 2018 calendar)

Here is the 2018 Birmingham Gems calendar in full :

Contact us on 0121 410 5520 and ask for Debra Power, email Debra.Power@freetimepays.com or connect with us here.

 

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History & heritage
02 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

The Old Grammar Schools of Kings Norton and Yardley

Did you know that there are buildings in Kings Norton and Yardley both called The Old Grammar School (no relation).

The Old School in Kings Norton is in the churchyard of St Nicholas's Church. The one in Yardley is close to St Edburgha's Church.

This post and all photography courtesy Elliott Brown. 

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The Old Grammar Schools of Kings Norton and Yardley




Did you know that there are buildings in Kings Norton and Yardley both called The Old Grammar School (no relation).

The Old School in Kings Norton is in the churchyard of St Nicholas's Church. The one in Yardley is close to St Edburgha's Church.

This post and all photography courtesy Elliott Brown. 


The Old Grammar School Kings Norton

Old Grammar School, Kings Norton was probably built as a priest's house to St Nicholas's Church, and it dates to the early 15th century. The building was expanded in the early 16th century. Along with the Saracen's Head it won the BBC Restoration programme in 2004, and was restored and reopened by 2008.

 

The Old Grammar School Yardley

Known as The Trust School. There is evidence of a school in Yardley by 1260 AD. The Masters were Monks from Maxstoke Priory. The present building dates to around the 15th century. It was originally a guild hall. The school closed in 1908. Now used as Parish Rooms with a Youth Club upstairs and a lounge downstairs.

All photos by Elliott Brown

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Construction & regeneration
29 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Introducing ItsYourBuild - A FreeTimePays Community of Passion

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays manages a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Construction with Community.

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

Connect with us and promote yourselves and your passion for Construction with Community!

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Introducing ItsYourBuild - A FreeTimePays Community of Passion




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays manages a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for Construction with Community.

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

Connect with us and promote yourselves and your passion for Construction with Community!


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

ItsYourBuild is a digital space for people who are passionate about construction and regeneration and want to do whatever they can to promote their passion.

At ItsYourBuild, 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.

ItsYourBuild

ItsYourBuild will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share their passion for construction and regeneration.

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 construction and regeneration.

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Architecture
29 Aug 2018 - PMNet Support

A selection of Birmingham's great Manor Houses - more 'Did you know' facts from Elliott!

There are many manor houses around Birmingham, some open to the public, some not. In Handsworth is Soho House. In Tyseley not far from the local tip is Hay Hall. Over in Highgate is Stratford House. In Bournville is Selly Manor with Minworth Greaves.

Take our full post for great 'Did you know' facts from Elliott Brown.

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A selection of Birmingham's great Manor Houses - more 'Did you know' facts from Elliott!




There are many manor houses around Birmingham, some open to the public, some not. In Handsworth is Soho House. In Tyseley not far from the local tip is Hay Hall. Over in Highgate is Stratford House. In Bournville is Selly Manor with Minworth Greaves.

Take our full post for great 'Did you know' facts from Elliott Brown.


Soho House

Soho House was the home of Matthew Boulton from 1766 until his death in 1809. Now a museum ran by the Birmingham Museums Trust. The Lunar Society regularly had meetings here in the dining room. This Grade II* listed the house is in Handsworth. After Boulton's death it has had various uses as a hotel / hostel. Birmingham City Council acquired it in 1990 and it's been a museum since 1995.

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown.

The Dining Room at Soho House became known as the Lunar Room where members of the Lunar Society met. The architecture of the room dates to the late 18th century. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery acquired the dining table in 1987. Other furniture was bought with assistance from the Lunar Society in 1994 - 95.

Photo courtesy Elliott Brown

Hay Hall

Hay Hall was a 15th century moated manor house near Redfern Road in Hay Mills (Tyseley). Now used as offices. A manor house has been on this site since around 1260 and was built for the De La Haye family. It passed to the Este family in 1423. By the 20th century the whole area had become industrial, but Hay Hall was saved. It's been Grade II listed since 1952.

Photos courtesy Elliott Brown

Stratford House

Stratford House is located close to Highgate Middleway and can be seen from the no 50 bus route on the Moseley Road in Highgate. Grade II* listed, the building dates to around 1601 and is one of the oldest surviving houses in Birmingham. It was built for Ambrose and Bridget Rotton. In recent years it's been used as offices and a club. There was a fire here in late 2015, but the building has since been fully restored and is vacant once again.

Photos courtesy Elliott Brown

Selly Manor

Selly Manor was moved to Bournville in 1907 by George Cadbury. It's a timber framed building dating back to the 14th century, at least to around 1327. The Manor House used to be in Bournbrook, before it was relocated with Minworth Greaves to the corner of Sycamore Road and Maple Road in Bournville.

All photos by Elliott Brown

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News & Updates

Construction & regeneration
24 Aug 2018 - Simon Felton

Birmingham Construction update - August 2018

Here, together with Birmingham's People with Passion, we take a look at the major builds taking place across the City. We have included some stunning photography in this first article in a series of regular journal updates produced and published by www.ItsYourBuild.com for BirminghamWeAre. 

Big thanks to Simon Paul Felton for pulling together the article.

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Birmingham Construction update - August 2018




Here, together with Birmingham's People with Passion, we take a look at the major builds taking place across the City. We have included some stunning photography in this first article in a series of regular journal updates produced and published by www.ItsYourBuild.com for BirminghamWeAre. 

Big thanks to Simon Paul Felton for pulling together the article.


For this update, we've selected 4 of the developments taking place across the City; Chamberlain Square development at Paradise; Arena Central and One & Two Bank Tower developments in Westside; and the vast Snowhill complex in Birmingham.

Let's take a look at what's happening at Paradise, Birmingham

The site of the former Birmingham Central Library, Adrian Boult Hall and offices has been masterplanned by Glenn Howells Architects for owners Argent.

The Central Library (Known locally as the 'Ziggurat') Photo by Daniel Sturley 2014

The first phase has seen changes to the road layout and the construction of One Chamberlain Square which is pre-let to PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as the recent rapid construction of Two Chamberlain Square. 

Walkway through Chamberlain Square down to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

View from the Library of Birmingham's 'Secret Garden'. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild

Improvements have also been made to Chamberlain Square and new high quality paving both in Chamberlain Square and the reinstated pedestrian route between Victoria and Centenary Squares. The final development will see the creation of 1.8m sq ft of office-led mixed use development.

Exterior taking shape at One Chamberlain Square Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild

View from the Library of Birmingham's 'Secret Garden'. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

Work well up and running at Two Chamberlain Square Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

View from near Birmingham Town Hall. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

 

Let's now pop over to Westside, Birmingham

Arena Central is a joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital for a mixed use development of office, hotel, leisure and new public squares. The site was the former home of ITV television studios, previously being the home of Tiswas and soap Crossroads.

Syline view of work underway in Westside, Birmingham. Courtesy ItsyourBuild.

A part of the public space being prepared. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

The site was cleared in 2013 with a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel starting to be built in 2014.

The Holiday Inn Express from Holliday Street. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

September 2015 saw construction start on One Centenary Square, the new HSBC UK headquarters designed by MAKE Architects.

The almost externally complete One Centenary Square. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

Two years later in September 2017 after plans were already approved for 3 Arena Central the Government committed to taking the whole 14 storey building with groundbreaking to officially start construction in February 2018.

The concrete core for Three Arena Central has already gone up. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

The site sits adjacent to Centenary Square and near to the Paradise development which are both being redeveloped.

The view at Centenary Way. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

New paving at Centenary Square. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

Now over to Bank Tower One and Two. This pair of towers, the first complete at 22 storeys tall, and the second to be 31 storeys tall and currently under construction are on the site of a former car park behind former Grade II listed Big Bite takeaway.  

Looking up at Towers One and Two on Broad Street in Westside, Birmingham. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

The towers, a development by Regal Property Group, designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects will offer 400 units between them comprised of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and is being built by Wates Construction.

 

The third of our developments featured this month is at Snowhill, Birmingham

Three Snowhill is the final phase of the four acre Snowhill estate which has been developed by Ballymore over the last ten years. The office block, the largest city centre office scheme outside London, is the third building in the estate and will reach 17 storeys tall. The first two blocks on the estate are both fully let with tenants including Barclays, KPMG, Gowlings and the construction HQ of HS2.

View skyward from St Chad's Queensway. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

June 2018 saw Three Snowhill top out as it reached its highest point.  Glazing is currently being installed on the building as it starts to blend in with One and Two Snowhill.

Looking down Great Charles Street at Three Snowhill, Birmingham. Photo courtesy ItsyourBuild.

 

Birmingham skyline - cranes, cranes and more cranes! Let's get creative! 

Don't forget to take a look at our great Crane Photography feature - a collection of wonderful photography championed by one of the star's of Birmingham's 'People with Passion' , Daniel Sturley. See our regularly updated feature on Cranes where we've built, and adding to, a magnificent archive of great photos that track the changes as they happen across the Birmingham skyline

Photos courtesy Daniel Sturley, a community champion at itsyourBuild

We hope you have enjoyed this article, the first of many to be added to our Birmingham Construction Journal.  Next time, let's feature a development of your choice!

To find out more about us and our plans at BirminghamWeAre and at ItsyourBuild, CONNECT HERE. We have plenty of partnership opportunities and would love to hear from you if you are passionate about construction, architecture or your City. 

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History & heritage
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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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. 

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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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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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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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Construction & regeneration
02 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Indicative cost of £319m to complete Midland Metropolitan Hospital

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

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

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Indicative cost of £319m to complete Midland Metropolitan Hospital




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

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


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

Take link to Construction News for their full article. 

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10 Jul 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Beautiful Oozells Square in Brindleyplace - Feature Gallery - July 2018

Oozells Square is on of the most beautiful spots in the westside and Brindleyplace. Here is a gallery of the current photos we have, please send us more to add to this feature gallery!

Photo by Kev Maslin

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The Beautiful Oozells Square in Brindleyplace - Feature Gallery - July 2018




Oozells Square is on of the most beautiful spots in the westside and Brindleyplace. Here is a gallery of the current photos we have, please send us more to add to this feature gallery!

Photo by Kev Maslin


Photo by Daniel Sturley

Photo by Daniel Sturley

Photo by Daniel Sturley

Photo by Damien Walmsley

Photo by Tammie Naughton

Photo by Kev Maslin

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Architecture
06 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Stunning architecture across Birmingham - modern & classic!

Birmingham is a great example of a city undergoing huge change that recognises the importance of showcasing its history whilst looking to the future. This is no more evident than in the city's mix of stunning architecture, with modern and classic sitting in harmony.

Here is the first of many articles in our ongoing showcase of Birmingham's wonderful architecture.

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Stunning architecture across Birmingham - modern & classic!




Birmingham is a great example of a city undergoing huge change that recognises the importance of showcasing its history whilst looking to the future. This is no more evident than in the city's mix of stunning architecture, with modern and classic sitting in harmony.

Here is the first of many articles in our ongoing showcase of Birmingham's wonderful architecture.


Architecture has always been a passion of BirminghamWeAre. Now, we aim to grow it as a huge passion across our Community.

For this feature, we have been joined by so many of Birmingham's 'People with Passion' to create a wonderful gallery that will grow and grow as we continue to share our passion for great architecture with people who live in, work in and visit this great City.  

Here's a selection to demonstrate just how well our modern builds can sit in harmany with architecture that has helped shape this great city over many years. 

Let's start with some art and creativity - in, believe it or not, Lego! Yes, Legoland Birmingham have come up with a wonderful and creative way of showcasing this wonderful City and its architecture.

Legoland Birmingham. Photo by Gum Kenth.

 

Legoland Birmingham. Photo by Gum Kenth.

 

Let's now turn to the actual architecture itself. Here's just a brief look at what's on offer across Birmingham. 

So much more to admire from our 'People with Passion'. Connect here to view our even larger gallery of photography, all from Birmingham's 'People with Passion'. 

 

Selfridges and St Martin's Church, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Mailbox, Birmingham. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

Birmingham's Council House and Library. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham. Photo by Christine Wright.

 

Bank Tower Two and the Bank, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

The Cube from Gas Street Basin. Photo by Damien Walmsley.

 

Canal House, Gas Street Basin. Photo by Fay Loewy.

 

HSBC Retail HQ, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Hyatt and Cube, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Hyatt, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

St Phillips Cathedral, Birmingham. Photo by Damien Walmsley

 

Classic architecture reflections in Baskerville House. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Along the canal. Photo by Raj Sanghera

 

Margaret Street, Birmingham. Photo by Victoria Ball.

 

Victoria Square, Birmingham. Photo by Raj Sanghera.

 

'Old Joe', Birmingham University. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

 

Grand Central, Birmingham. Photo by 'Mac' McCreery.

 

Selfridges, Birmingham. Photo by Imran Ali Bashir.

 

Bullring, Birmingham. Photo by Imran Ali Bashir.

 

The Cube, Birmingham. Photo by Imran Ali Bashir.

 

Birmingham University, Birmingham. Photo by Christine Wright.

 

BT Tower, Birmingham. Photo by Barry Whitehead.

 

Rotunda, Birmingham. Photo by Barry Whitehead.

 

Library of Birmingham and Rep Theatre. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

There are some wonderful partnership and advertising opportunities available at BirminghamWeAre. Take a look HERE and then connect with us to discuss further.

To be part of our growing 'People with Passion', connect with us HERE.

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Architecture
03 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham in Lego! Wow - just stunning!

Gum Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Arts Gallery, kindly shares with us the pics he took on his tour of the City of Birmingham at Legoland Birmingham - what a great advert for the City! So imaginative and a great showcase of how modern & classic architecture can sit so well side by side.  

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Birmingham in Lego! Wow - just stunning!




Gum Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Arts Gallery, kindly shares with us the pics he took on his tour of the City of Birmingham at Legoland Birmingham - what a great advert for the City! So imaginative and a great showcase of how modern & classic architecture can sit so well side by side.  

Take the full article for more great photos. 


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17 Jun 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

Just a few for this update, a new perspective taken from the far side of Victoria Square on 17th June, two more variations in the full post.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




Just a few for this update, a new perspective taken from the far side of Victoria Square on 17th June, two more variations in the full post.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


 

 

 

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