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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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Construction & regeneration
29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - August 2019

The new strip lights on the top of Bank Tower Two were shining a lovely turquoise for a couple of days. Here are some more shots as well as some of the tower reflecting the sunset and a coulple taken from Digbeth.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - August 2019





The new strip lights on the top of Bank Tower Two were shining a lovely turquoise for a couple of days. Here are some more shots as well as some of the tower reflecting the sunset and a coulple taken from Digbeth.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
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.


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Construction & regeneration
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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