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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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16 Aug 2019 - FreeTimePays
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'Sky High' Birmingham from the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with the City's creatives (August 2019)

A wonderful gallery of stunning photography from the 18th Floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with stunning views of the City, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square, Westside, Broad Street, the canal at Gas Street Basin and the ongoing works at Arena Central. Enjoy! 

Above photo courtesy Barry Whitehead.

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'Sky High' Birmingham from the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with the City's creatives (August 2019)





A wonderful gallery of stunning photography from the 18th Floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel with stunning views of the City, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square, Westside, Broad Street, the canal at Gas Street Basin and the ongoing works at Arena Central. Enjoy! 

Above photo courtesy Barry Whitehead.


View from Hyatt Regency to the Centenary Square on to the Library of Birmingham and beyond

Photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead

Photo courtesy Pete Davies 

Photo courtesy Simon Felton

Photo courtesy Simon Felton

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead

 

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Photo courtesy Tammie Naughton

 

View from Hyatt Regency to the Chamberlain Square and beyond

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse

Photo courtesy Tammie Naughton

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead

 

View from Hyatt Regency to Arena Central

Photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse

 

View from Hyatt Regency over Westside and up Broad Street

Photo courtesy Dave Fieldhouse

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Daniel Sturley

Photo courtesy Pete Davies

 

View from Hyatt looking down on Gas Street Basin, the canal and historic Birmingham

Photo courtesy Pete Davies

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

Photo courtesy Pete Davies

Photo courtesy Simon Felton

Photo courtesy Christine Wright

 

Panoramic Birmingham

Photo courtesy Barry Whitehead 

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14 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Sports grounds around Birmingham viewed from the Library of Birmingham

While I've missed all of Birmingham We Are's Sky High visits, it's not like I've missed out when I keep going to the Library of Birmingham since it opened in 2013. The best views from the Secret Garden. This post with views of The Hawthorns (WBA), St Andrew's (BCFC), Villa Park (AVFC) and Edgbaston (Warwickshire CCC).

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Sports grounds around Birmingham viewed from the Library of Birmingham





While I've missed all of Birmingham We Are's Sky High visits, it's not like I've missed out when I keep going to the Library of Birmingham since it opened in 2013. The best views from the Secret Garden. This post with views of The Hawthorns (WBA), St Andrew's (BCFC), Villa Park (AVFC) and Edgbaston (Warwickshire CCC).


Villa Park: Aston Villa Football Club

This view of Villa Park looking towards Aston was taken from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham during March 2017. On a clear day you can also see the M6.

The Hawthorns: West Bromwich Albion Football Club

This was the first stadium I was able to take from the Library of Birmingham, during January 2017. My notes from the times says I took it from the Discovery Terrace, but I'm thinking now it was more likely from the Secret Garden. There is an area round the back of the Discovery Terrace, but it's only Level 3, compared to the Secret Garden on Level 7. Looking towards West Bromwich in Sandwell.

St Andrew's: Birmingham City Football Club

Located in the Small Heath area of the city, this view beyond the Rotunda was taken from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham during January 2018. That was the area of the city where the Peaky Blinders were based in.

Edgbaston: Warwickshire County Cricket Club

My first view of Edgbaston Cricket Ground was taken during April 2016 from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham. No games on that day.

My most recent view of Edgbaston from the Secret Garden was taken in August 2019, when England were playing Australia in the 1st Ashes test. This was on day 3 of 5. Fortress Edgbaston as they called it. But England ended up loosing the Test to Australia. So the Aussies go into the 2nd test at Lords 1-0.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
07 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
News & Updates

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - August 2019

There has been a great addition to the Birmingham city skyline with coloured lights installed on the top of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street!

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - August 2019





There has been a great addition to the Birmingham city skyline with coloured lights installed on the top of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street!


Photography by Daniel Sturley

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