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Great architecture shared with community

Architecture and Us is all about sharing and promoting great architecture and providing a shared digital space where people can make a difference and have a positive social impact.

Launch date: June 2019
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Landscape architecture
05 Jul 2019 - FreeTimePays
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Opening of Centenary Square in Birmingham - One of the week's highlights!

Earlier this week, the new and totally re-developed Centenary Square was opened in a wonderful ceremony on a beautiful summer's day, quite fitting given the stunning design unveiled and great example of modern architecture with community at its heart.  Great work all involved, in particular Graeme Massie Architects.

Take our post for some stunning photography.

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Opening of Centenary Square in Birmingham - One of the week's highlights!





Earlier this week, the new and totally re-developed Centenary Square was opened in a wonderful ceremony on a beautiful summer's day, quite fitting given the stunning design unveiled and great example of modern architecture with community at its heart.  Great work all involved, in particular Graeme Massie Architects.

Take our post for some stunning photography.


We would like to thank all the photographers involved - Karl Newton, Daniel Sturley, Kate Fulcher and Positively Birmingham. Thank you all for allowing us to share your great work.

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Construction & regeneration
25 Jun 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - June 2019

Bank Tower Two is nearing external completion with most of the cladding now installed, construction update photos in this post and some from the 'Sky High Birmingham' visit to the top at the invitation of Wates Group.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two - June 2019





Bank Tower Two is nearing external completion with most of the cladding now installed, construction update photos in this post and some from the 'Sky High Birmingham' visit to the top at the invitation of Wates Group.


Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

Photography by Stephen Giles

 

Photography by Karl Newton

'Sky High' Birmingham visit to the top of Bank Tower Two...

 

 

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Transport
18 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
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The future of HS2! With You!

Using the power of social media, we are proposing the use of a shared digital space for business and community across the Country to populate, express their views and add weight to the HS2 case!

This we propose be hosted at www.HS2withYou.com, a domain available which can be designed and live within days.

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The future of HS2! With You!





Using the power of social media, we are proposing the use of a shared digital space for business and community across the Country to populate, express their views and add weight to the HS2 case!

This we propose be hosted at www.HS2withYou.com, a domain available which can be designed and live within days.


There are a growing number of online reviews and discussions taking place over the future of HS2.  This will continue given the current political climate.

 There are some significant differences of opinion.

But across community, particularly in the Midlands and the North, there is considerable support for HS2!

 

Supporting HS2 in the Midlands, we have Andy Street and representing Commerce in Greater Birmingham, Paul Faulkner of the Greater Chamber of Commerce.

The vast majority of people in the community we engage with via www.BirminghamWeAre.com and www.ItsYourBuild.com back HS2.

We are well aware of the implications for many if work was to be put on hold and the uncertainty has already led many to rethink their plans and linked investment over other infrastructure decisions.

Community and business engagement by HS2

HS2 Limited has done a great job in its engagement of business and community, and we’ll add to this at a crucial time over its future.

We have the ideal platform to pull the business and community case together in the one digital space.  The digi-tech is called FreeTimePays and an example of its use and application can be seen at www.ItsyourBuild.com.

A similar collaborative space can be up and running within days as the tech already exists.  Furthermore, we have an ideal domain through which to manage the engagement and the insight and more importantly a space that could be shared by multiple contributors as a collaborative environment to build the case for HS2.

HS2withYou.com

 

Proposition

To provide an engagement space that is self-populated by business and the public creating a ‘Community of Passion’ that is totally behind the continuation of HS2.

With the support of HS2 Ltd and others such as Chambers of Commerce, we would engage with a steering group (those vocal and open in their support) and create a space where community and business can connect, share resource and demonstrate both the individual and collective case for HS2.

We have a well mapped out model for creating such a ‘Community of Passion’ and with our ItsyourBuild connections combined with those from the Chambers and other organisations across the regions, this can start to come together within days!

Step 1

Connect with a steering group. Initial face to face discussions can then move on-line.

Step 2

Create the first collaborative project in our secure Community Workspace and set up a chat between the engagement steering group.

Step 3

Pool existing material already published in different locations and build a centralised library (private or public access can be assigned to each).

Step 4

Identify sources of fresh insight and opinion.  A database of links and URLs to material being gathered.

Step 5

Create secure list of contacts who are keen to be involved.  For example, community contributors at ItsyourBuild have engaged with several contractors and this has led to further opportunities to engage.

Step 6

‘Map and track’ business interests – this is a great visual tool for mapping all those with an interest in HS2. Those where investments made; those where investments pending, those who are seeing a return already; those with views over what it could mean for their business; supply chain interests etc.

Step 7

‘Map and track’ community interests – as above but bringing in those who can see clear returns for their community. (e.g. education, social value, etc)

Step 8

Give contributors access so they can add content to HS2withYou and create their own project in support of HS2 and invite their contacts.

This community will then Scale!

Step 9

Build and grow the engagement and the insight.

Step 10

Connect with others who can utilise the insight to present a collective and well informed case.

Next steps

A visual presentation of what can be delivered.

This can be carried out digitally on-line and then with invited parties from Corporates and other interest groups.

With resource committed, we would be aiming to have the engagement well in place for the time the new PM is announced.

Contact to discuss

Jonathan Bostock

jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com

m: 07432 637322

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Architecture
18 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
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The future's bright! Young architects and designers showcase their passion at BCU!

Amazed! That's what we felt after seeing for ourselves the work, creativity and passion of students & staff during a visit to the School of Architecture & Design (BSoAD) at Birmingham City University (BCU).

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The future's bright! Young architects and designers showcase their passion at BCU!





Amazed! That's what we felt after seeing for ourselves the work, creativity and passion of students & staff during a visit to the School of Architecture & Design (BSoAD) at Birmingham City University (BCU).


Here's a gallery of the work on display during week long event in June 2019. Let's take you on a tour of what was on show.

Graduates and Post Graduates display their work, their talent and their creativity.

An exhibition of Landscape Architecture.

A display of collaborations and research with business by the BSoAD

Not just creative, it's inspirational! See for yourselves.

With such talent and such passion, the future of architecture and design is clearly in good hands! 

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Construction & regeneration
14 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
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Wow! Proposals released for the regeneration of Martineau Galleries look great for Birmingham's growing image as "a City for All"

Just what this part of Birmingham needs! Our view following a visit to see the proposals at Martineau Galleries Consultation Hub. Go see for yourselves, or pop along to The Square Shopping Centre,100 Corporation Street (open till Sat 15th June) or take the full post here for more on the plans. 

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Wow! Proposals released for the regeneration of Martineau Galleries look great for Birmingham's growing image as "a City for All"





Just what this part of Birmingham needs! Our view following a visit to see the proposals at Martineau Galleries Consultation Hub. Go see for yourselves, or pop along to The Square Shopping Centre,100 Corporation Street (open till Sat 15th June) or take the full post here for more on the plans. 


Just what this part of Birmingham needs!  

Our view following a visit to see the proposals at Martineau Galleries Consultation Hub. Go see for yourselves, or pop along to The Square Shopping Centre,100 Corporation Street (open till Sat 15th June) or take the full post here for more on the plans. 

All images of photography taken at the Consultation Hub are credited to Glen Howells Architects and Hammerson.

Plans for the regeneration of Martineau Galleries in Birmingham city centre have been released and they show that the exciting times for Birmingham are set to continue.

The Martineau Galleries site plan currently includes The Square Shopping Centre, King’s Parade and Dale End (High Street).

This development will completely transform the Dale End area into a new neighbourhood, creating a vibrant mixed-use destination and a new gateway to the city from the planned Curzon Street station.

Hammerson, which owns and manages Birmingham’s Bullring & Grand Central, have put forward the proposals and the architects behind the masterplan are Glen Howells Architects.

The plans for the 7.5 acre site include up to 1,300 homes, up to 1.4m sq ft of workspace for a range of businesses, a new city centre hotel, new shops, restaurants and cafes, a signature gateway to Birmingham from the proposed Curzon Street terminal, and high-quality public realm, including a new public square and boulevard.

Dav Bansal, director at Glen Howells Architects says:

“As masterplanners, we believe that the plans will unlock and reconnect this important part of the city, expanding its central business district, while also framing some of the local landmarks including the Rotunda. With new animated public spaces and streets, the masterplan builds on the city’s vision to become an exciting new destination for commercial headquarters, central city living and a thriving urban environment for visitors.”

Robin Dobson, Development Director at Hammerson, says:

“We are pleased to share the plans for our first major City Quarters scheme for this strategically important site in the heart of the city. Martineau Galleries will be a new, vibrant neighbourhood in the centre of Birmingham, where we are already a long-term developer, owner and manager of assets, including the Bullring Estate. Hammerson has a strong track record of creating great destinations, not just in Birmingham but across Europe, and we look forward to finalising our masterplan, ahead of submission later this year.”

The public consultation will be run online and at the dedicated Martineau Galleries Consultation Hub, at The Square Shopping Centre, 100 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6SX. The plans and display will be open to the public till Saturday 15th June.

Please follow progress on this planned development here.

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