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29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - August 2019

Here is the latest gallery of photos of Two Chamberlain Square which is externally completed and the fit out is commencing.

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - August 2019





Here is the latest gallery of photos of Two Chamberlain Square which is externally completed and the fit out is commencing.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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PwC Change and Engagement Team Interior Inspection - August 28th 2019

PwC's Change and Engagement Team with Chair Matthew Hammond made an interior inspection of the progress at their new headquarters One Chamberlain Square. Daniel was invited along to get some photos and had an opportunity to take some brand new viewpoints of the city through the windows. 

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PwC Change and Engagement Team Interior Inspection - August 28th 2019





PwC's Change and Engagement Team with Chair Matthew Hammond made an interior inspection of the progress at their new headquarters One Chamberlain Square. Daniel was invited along to get some photos and had an opportunity to take some brand new viewpoints of the city through the windows. 


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27 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham Municipal Bank: Birmingham's Hidden Spaces during Birmingham Heritage Week (September 2015)

The only time I was able to go inside of the Birmingham Municipal Bank on Broad Street was back in September 2015. Birmingham's Hidden Spaces was hosting the free visit during Birmingham Heritage Week. You could look around, go down the vaults (the areas that were safe to go to). I've also got exteriors from years before / after as well. University of Birmingham taking it over.

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Birmingham Municipal Bank: Birmingham's Hidden Spaces during Birmingham Heritage Week (September 2015)





The only time I was able to go inside of the Birmingham Municipal Bank on Broad Street was back in September 2015. Birmingham's Hidden Spaces was hosting the free visit during Birmingham Heritage Week. You could look around, go down the vaults (the areas that were safe to go to). I've also got exteriors from years before / after as well. University of Birmingham taking it over.


Some history. Birmingham Municipal Bank headquarters. It was at 301 Broad Street in Birmingham. The building was by Thomas Cecil Howitt and was opened on the 27 November 1933 by Prince George. It was built as the headquarters for the Birmingham Municipal Bank. It ceased to be a department of the Council who sold it in 1976, becoming a Trustee Savings Bank. The TSB (later Lloyds TSB) left the building in 2006 selling it back to Birmingham City Council. It has been a Grade II listed building since 1996. The University of Birmingham completed the purchase of the former bank in November 2017, and it will become a venue to showcase it's display of it's research and host performances and exhibitions.

Full album on my Flickr here Birmingham Municipal Bank.

 

One of my first photos of the former Municipal Bank taken on Broad Street during December 2009. By this point the bank had been closed for about 3 years and still had a Lloyds Bank sign on it. The Arena Central development was stalled by the recession, so demolition works behind were left unfinished until around 2015.

A close up of the former bank from December 2009. Built in the early 1930s, it has several giant Ionic columns. The building was empty / vacant and would remain so for years to come.

By 2013 they were opening up the Municipal Bank to arts venues. In June 2013 it was used by the Universe of Sound. Free, fun, interactive orchestra experience. Playing The Planets. I never did go inside at this point, and would go in until Birmingham's Hidden Spaces opened it up in 2015.

The Library of Birmingham first opened in September 2013 when I got this view from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham.  Would be a couple of years before Arena Central started to come to life again.

In April 2016 it was being used by the International Dance Festival Birmingham as the Dance Hub from April to May 2016. This view as usual from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham. Behind construction of Holiday Inn Express  (the TETRIS building) was well underway and HSBC UK to the left had just started too.

By 2017 the Westside Metro extension had started and that side of Broad Street was closed. This view of the former Municipal Bank from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham during November 2017.

Scaffolding going up the former Municipal Bank during March 2019 as seen from theDiscovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham. By the summer it was completely wrapped as work started to turn it into a venue for the University of Birmingham.

The visit to the Birmingham Municipal Bank as hosted by Birmingham's Hidden Spaces was on the 12th September 2015 during Birmingham Heritage Week.

Seen on the ceiling of the main banking hall: "Thrift Radiates Happiness" and "Saving is the Mother of Riches".

A pair of windows with the Birmingham Forward coat of arms. Left:  Commerce & Integrity. Right: Labour & Perseverance.

Another pair of windows with the Birmingham Forward coat of arms. Left: Banking & Finance. Right: Industry & Progress.

A side room. Probably where customers would hand over their valuables to go into the vaulted slots on the floor below.

A desk in the basement. Not entirely sure of it's use though. Although it wasn't far from the vault.

A look around the vault. Customers valuables would be locked away in these small lockers.

At the top of one side it reads: "Prudent People Seek a Safe Place Where to Lodge Their Securities".

The thick steel door to the vault. Normally it would be locked. Probably with a wheel and a code only the banker who knew how to open the vault. You don't want to get locked in there!

Period 1930s lights seen on the banking floor.

Revolving doors. The main entrance from Broad Street. Normally you don't see this as the thick doors in front of them are closed.

Will be interesting to see what the University of Birmingham does with the building, and if members of the public will have access to all areas, including the vault.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
23 Aug 2019 - FreeTimePays
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The Rackhams Building - latest design proposals (August 2019)

Take the post to view the latest proposals from architects tp bennett for the Rackhams Building. Such a prominent city location and a wonderful advert for Birmingham.

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The Rackhams Building - latest design proposals (August 2019)





Take the post to view the latest proposals from architects tp bennett for the Rackhams Building. Such a prominent city location and a wonderful advert for Birmingham.


The Rackhams building is back with a subtle redesign. It was deferred in May for being 'too top heavy'. Changes include a one floor reduction to the rooftop, a design change to the concertina & retention of the original features.

What is proposed aims to address the issues raised and looks stunning!

The development will become mixed-use, with 43 Temple Row next door becoming a 11-storey, 200-roomed hotel.

233 cycle spaces are to be provided across the site.

Amongst the changes to the original proposals, the top floor bar & restaurant proposed to look over St. Phillip's Square has been set back.

All images and artists impressions courtest tp bennett.

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19 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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The Hyatt Hotel over the last decade

I've taken various photos over the years of the Hyatt Hotel either from Broad Street / Centenary Square or Gas Street Basin. Can also see it on the skyline from certain parts of the city. I again missed the sky high visit, but I'm always going up the Library of Birmingham for views, and they can get a bit boring taking the same views again and again. I've never been inside.

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The Hyatt Hotel over the last decade





I've taken various photos over the years of the Hyatt Hotel either from Broad Street / Centenary Square or Gas Street Basin. Can also see it on the skyline from certain parts of the city. I again missed the sky high visit, but I'm always going up the Library of Birmingham for views, and they can get a bit boring taking the same views again and again. I've never been inside.


The Hyatt Hotel was built in the late 1980s opening in 1990. Located at 2 Bridge Street in Birmingham next to Broad Street. A link bridge was built connecting the hotel to The ICC and Symphony Hall (you usually see politicians using it when party conferences are in town).

This view of the Hyatt taken from Broad Street near Centenary Square during April 2009. The House of Sport was still in the former Register Office building to the left (demolished in 2015).

This Gas Street Basin view of the Hyatt Hotel from taken during May 2010. Probably from the footbridge over Worcester Bar.

This view taken in June 2010 from Gas Street Basin. The crane from when the Library of Birmingham was first getting built.

Skipping to September 2013 and when the new Library of Birmingham was first opened. This view from the Secret Garden. Arena Central had yet to start, and the redevelopment of Centenary Square was about 4 years away.

By May 2016 the hotel had a new name: Hyatt Regency Birmingham. Again the view from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham.

More recently in July 2019 from Centenary Square when the reflective pool had opened. Giving a reflection of the Hyatt and other buildings.

View of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham with Arena Central from Gas Street Basin during August 2019. Including 1 Centenary Square (HSBC UK), 3 Arena Central and Holiday Inn Express. The footbridge at Worcester Bar always has nice views of the changes. Not forgetting the Alpha Tower. 

The Hyatt Regency Birmingham sign seen from the corner of Bridge Street and Broad Street during June 2009.

The old Hyatt sign up top seen during December 2009.

The new Hyatt Regency sign seen during May 2016. Now saying Hyatt Regency.

In December 2016 saw some workmen over the side of the Hyatt Regency I assume servicing the sign (or cleaning windows?). It's a long way up there!

The main entrance to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham Hotel from Bridge Street seen during August 2019. Politicians and celebrities alike would arrive here. Also sports stars. 

Late September 2018 from the Library of Birmingham. And preparations were underway for the Conservative Party Conference, which has been held in the city at The ICC and Symphony Hall about every 2 years. The main politicians usually stay in the Hyatt. Viewed from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham. The marquees were where the new reflective pools are now.

The area around the Hyatt was ringfenced off with a lot of security at the time. So work on Centenary Square and the West Midlands Metro extension had to stop that week.

In this February 2014 view from the Edgbaston Reservoir near the Icknield Port Loop, you can see the Library of Birmingham, Alpha Tower and Hyatt Hotel. The NIA / Barclaycard Arena (now Arena Birmingham) is on the left of the picture. Near the Alpha Tower is the Rotunda (on the left). And Three Brindleyplace was visible in front of the Hyatt.

The Hyatt is also visible from Tysely Station and the DMU depot of West Midlands Railway. In this skyline view from March 2019 you can see (from left to right): The Cube, The Sentinels (Cleveland tower and Clydesdale Tower), the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Holiday Inn Express (the TETRIS building at Arena Central), Beetham Tower (Radisson Blu Hotel), Alpha Tower, Dandara and the Centre City Tower.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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