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Elliott Brown Transport
25 Jul 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Riding the West Midlands Metro in Zone 1 between Edgbaston Village and Jewellery Quarter

The Westside Metro extension between Centenary Square and Hagley Road opened on the 17th July 2022. Then there was the heatwave. Elliott got a chance to ride it on the 23rd July 2022, on an off peak day ticket in the My Metro app, for Zone 1 only. Starting from Edgbaston Village, passing Five Ways and Brindleyplace. And on towards St Paul's and Jewellery Quarter.

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Riding the West Midlands Metro in Zone 1 between Edgbaston Village and Jewellery Quarter





The Westside Metro extension between Centenary Square and Hagley Road opened on the 17th July 2022. Then there was the heatwave. Elliott got a chance to ride it on the 23rd July 2022, on an off peak day ticket in the My Metro app, for Zone 1 only. Starting from Edgbaston Village, passing Five Ways and Brindleyplace. And on towards St Paul's and Jewellery Quarter.


A trip from Edgbaston to Jewellery Quarter via the City Centre, on the 23rd July 2022, to see King Kong return, then pop to The Golden Square, and get a tram back to the Colmore Business District for another visit to the 18th floor balcony at 103 Colmore Row. And one final tram journey from Victoria Square to Brindleyplace.

On the 20th July, I'd travelled to Broad Street to get photos of my first trams in service, but left riding the tram until the Saturday.

 

Edgbaston Village Tram Stop

I got the no 1 bus from Acocks Green via Moseley, which was diverted twice, including the scheduled diversion (due to Church Road being closed as The Vale is a Birmingham 2022 athletes village). Eventually got off the bus at Calthorpe Road and walked round to Harborne Road, then up the new Edgbaston Village Walk to the newly opened tram stop on the Hagley Road. It wasn't too long to wait for the tram to arrive.

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Zone 1 is from Edgbaston Village to Jewellery Quarter. There is three other zones from Jewellery Quarter to Wolverhampton St George's.

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West Midlands Metro tram 21 arrives, heading past Morrisons, and headed to the platform I was waiting at.

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The tram was pretty empty from the first stop, another photographer got on board, but he got off at Five Ways (the next stop).

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Five Ways Tram Stop

After heading through the Five Ways underpass between Hagley Road and Broad Street, the next stop would be Five Ways Tram Stop.

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The Superfreak street art was seen from tram 21, on the wall of Atlas Intercity, and near Islington House (was formerly Zara's).

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A few days before on the 20th July 2022, I caught a no 24 bus and saw tram 22 on a test run towards Edgbaston Village, it was heading down the Five Ways underpass from Broad Street.

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Before that, I'd got my first photos of a tram arriving at Five Ways Tram Stop, that would be West Midlands Metro tram 42. They need to manually change the display, as this one still said Edgbaston Village, but was heading to Wolverhampton St George's.

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Even More Brum! Seen on Five Ways Tram Stop before I took my first tram photos on Broad Street.

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On the 15th July 2022 they were applying the vinyls a couple of days before the line opened. Got this nice shot of Five Ways Tram Stop with the Five Ways Entertainment Complex.

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Brindleyplace Tram Stop

Back to the journey on the 23rd July 2022, the next stop on Broad Street was Brindleyplace Tram Stop. Right outside of a restaurant called Qavali. Another tram went past.

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In front of the driver, was a National Express West Midlands bus, no 6104 (not sure of the route number). Heading for Edgbaston Village Tram Stop was West Midlands Metro tram 40.

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Later that day, I'd caught my third tram, this time from Town Hall Tram Stop at Victoria Square, and got off at Brindleyplace Tram Stop. Was on tram 21 again, as tram 42 was heading for Wolverhampton St George's. Note that both trams said Edgbaston Village. Those tram drivers need to manually change the  digital destination display!

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On the 20th July 2022, I headed up to the Secret Garden on  Level 7 at the Library of Birmingham to see if I could catch a tram on Broad Street. I managed to capture West Midlands Metro tram 43 heading for Edgbaston Village Tram Stop.

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By the time I left the library, I walked up Broad Street and saw tram 43 departing from Brindleyplace Tram Stop. There is still people riding e-Scooter's on Broad Street, near the trams and buses.

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Library Tram Stop

Back to the journey on the 23rd July, the tram arrived at Library Tram Stop for Centenary Square. This was when it started to get a bit busier.

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The tram went past the statue of Boulton, Watt & Murdoch, as well as the Birmingham 2022 Megastore.

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I also saw from the tram window, the Library of Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games flag pins.

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No 24 bus journey on the 20th July, as West Midlands Metro tram 39 (University of Birmingham livery near The Exchange) dpearted for Edgbaston Village (not Wolverhampton).

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Town Hall Tram Stop

On the 23rd July, my second tram trip was from Jewellery Quarter, got off at Bull Street (standing room only). Then walked up Colmore Row, to use my Key to the City for a third time at 103 Colmore Row. A 20 minute wait, before getting taken up the lift to the 18th floor balcony again. Took the opportunity to get the trams passing through Victoria Square, including tram 39 (University of Birmingham adverts) having just departed Town Hall Tram Stop.

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Not long after West Midlands Metro tram 42 (Nourished adverts) went past Victoria Square House towards Town Hall Tram Stop.

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After leaving Town Hall Tram Stop on Paradise Street, it passed Perry the Bull on it's way to Library in Centenary Square (crossing over Paradise Circus).

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Earlier, on my first tram towards St Paul's, the tram passed Victoria Square with this view to the Birmingham 2022 Fan Zone and 103 Colmore Row.

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After leaving 103 Colmore Row, I went to Town Hall Tram Stop for my third and final tram trip of the day (towards Broad Street, Brindleyplace Tram Stop).

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The Paradise Street side of the Town Hall now has Birmingham 2022 banners, as workmen got the building ready for the opening of the games.

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Tram 21 arrived, the tram I'd caught earlier that day. 103 Colmore Row, Foreign Exchange (Queen Victoria), Iron: Man and a tram. Finally!

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St Paul's Tram Stop

I ended my first tram journey on Zone 1 at St Paul's Tram Stop. I'd caught West Midlands Metro tram 21 at Edgbaston Village. It was closer here to get off and then see King Kong on Great Hampton Row. Also the tram was started to get a bit fuller than earlier stops.

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The new King Kong was a short walk away from St Paul's Tram Stop, from Constitution Hill and Great Hampton Street, to Great Hampton Row in 'King Kong Park'.

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Jewellery Quarter Tram Stop

After a quick look at King Kong, a walk towards The Golden Square, and checking out the Jewellery Quarter Festival, before a coffee stop at Costa Coffee on Frederick Street. Then a walk up Vyse Street to catch my second tram back into the City Core. Into Jewellery Quarter Station, then across to the tram stop platforms.

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On the railway side, I saw West Midlands Railway 172004 (and an unidentified Class 172 at the back) heading in the direction of Birmingham Snow Hill Station.

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My tram had arrived, West Midlands Metro tram 39. It was a bit full, so standing room only, and I got it to Bull Street. Later saw it from the 18th floor balcony at 103 Colmore Row (see further up this post for those photos).

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
16 Jul 2022 - Stephen Giles
Inspiration

'Sky High' Birmingham - One Centenary Way Tour - 5th July 2022

The Itsyourbuild team was granted access to One Centenary Way on Tuesday morning, right at the heart of Paradise Birmingham - with Daniel, Stephen & Jack taking full advantage of the stunning views on offer.

Follow the link for a wonderful gallery of shots. Enjoy!

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'Sky High' Birmingham - One Centenary Way Tour - 5th July 2022





The Itsyourbuild team was granted access to One Centenary Way on Tuesday morning, right at the heart of Paradise Birmingham - with Daniel, Stephen & Jack taking full advantage of the stunning views on offer.

Follow the link for a wonderful gallery of shots. Enjoy!


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Early morning arrival.

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Waiting outside.

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In we go!

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South Central tower, well under construction on Bristol Street, Essex Street.

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The historic Rotunda.

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Cranes Reflected in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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One Centenary Square (HSBC UK), the Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Mercian, and the core of Cortland Broad Street.

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The Library of Birmingham.

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Looking Over Centenary Square.

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'Cheese'.

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On the Top Floor.

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The Dome of the Council House.

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Exchange Square, Phase 2, is flying up!

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Orion House and Beetham Tower

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And down we go! 

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Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Photography by Stephen Giles

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Photography by Mat Burling

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Photography by Jack Babington

 

There are now nearly 800 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here:

Full Construction Feature Project and Photo Gallery

 

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Elliott Brown Sport & leisure
02 Jul 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham 2022 seating stands at the University of Birmingham Sports Pitches

Seating stands are going up around the hockey pitches at the University of Birmingham near the Aston Webb Boulevard. For the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The view will be spectacular, with Old Joe and the Chancellors Court as a background, when shown on BBC Sport during July and August 2022. The Sports Pitches are close to Ring Road North. Photos taken on the 21st June 2022.

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Birmingham 2022 seating stands at the University of Birmingham Sports Pitches





Seating stands are going up around the hockey pitches at the University of Birmingham near the Aston Webb Boulevard. For the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The view will be spectacular, with Old Joe and the Chancellors Court as a background, when shown on BBC Sport during July and August 2022. The Sports Pitches are close to Ring Road North. Photos taken on the 21st June 2022.


The University of Birmingham is a host venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Here on the Sports Pitches will be Hockey and Squash. Temporary seating stands are being erected, here we can see the hockey pitch near Aston Webb Boulevard (Selly Oak Bypass).

 

Photos taken on the 21st June 2022.

Starting from Aston Webb Boulevard towards the Southgate on the Bristol Road at the University of Birmingham. There will be specatular views of Old Joe and the Chancellors Court from the hockey pitch. When shown on the BBC.

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These views can be seen from Ring Road North, from the level above near the stone wall perimeter. The specator stand is only on one side here.

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I did not find the squash courts, but it was probably inside of the University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness Centre. I only popped into the Costa Coffee here and saw the swimming pools.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Walk with Little Amal in Birmingham on the 23rd June 2022

Little Amal is a 3.5 metre puppet of a ten year old Syrian refugee girl. She walked around Birmingham on Thursday 23rd June 2022 from Victoria Square via Chamberlain Square to Centenary Square. Lots of people followed her, and school children were there as well. She has travelled through over 70 cities in 12 countries. The UK tour of 19th to 27th June 2022.

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Walk with Little Amal in Birmingham on the 23rd June 2022





Little Amal is a 3.5 metre puppet of a ten year old Syrian refugee girl. She walked around Birmingham on Thursday 23rd June 2022 from Victoria Square via Chamberlain Square to Centenary Square. Lots of people followed her, and school children were there as well. She has travelled through over 70 cities in 12 countries. The UK tour of 19th to 27th June 2022.


The Walk (Little Amal)

New Steps New Friends is a tour of the UK from the 19th to 27th June 2022.

She started her remarkable journey in 2021 crossing the Syria / Turkey border, across Europe in search of her mother and to fine a new home. She travelled over 8,000km representing all displaced children, many separated from their families and carried the urgent message "Don't forget about us".

She has travelled through over 70 cities in 12 countries and has been welcomed at more than 160 events, reaching 875,000 people along her route and millions more online.

In June 2022, one year on from leaving Syria she is exploring her new country, visiting towns and cities across the UK, meeting old friends and making new ones.

Today hundreds of thousands of children who have fled war and persecution need our support to get an education and to rebuild their lives. To try to help they have launched The Amal Fund with Choose Love. Visit walkwithamal.org/the-amal-fund/ to find out more.

 

Little Amal walks around Birmingham

Little Amal was in Birmingham City Centre between 11:30am and 1pm on Thursday 23rd June 2022.

The schedule was for people to gather in Victoria Square at 11:30am.

Then the walk began at 12pm and would last until about 12:50pm.

After Victoria Square, she would go around Chamberlain Square.

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Then up Centenary Way past Paradise Birmingham.

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Ending in Centenary Square.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

 

After Birmingham, Little Amal visited Bristol, London, Stonehenge and even the Glastonbury Festival! She ended her journey at Folkestone on the 27th June 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Birmingham We Are - Update (Summer 2022)

Birmingham Gems mapped with over 1.1 million views; Birmingham trails growing; community engaged in place-making; and the potential of digitally engaged and connected neighbourhoods across Birmingham.  Check out our post here (including videos) and see what we're up to this Summer. 

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Birmingham We Are - Update (Summer 2022)





Birmingham Gems mapped with over 1.1 million views; Birmingham trails growing; community engaged in place-making; and the potential of digitally engaged and connected neighbourhoods across Birmingham.  Check out our post here (including videos) and see what we're up to this Summer. 


Introducing "Birmingham Gems"
Work to digitally map the city as a place to experience, creatively and culturally, commenced over 18 months ago with a collaboration of people passionate about Birmingham. This collaboration has helped to populate a platform covering the city and its neighbourhoods.
This map is now full of information that can be used by people who live and work in Birmingham, and of course, visitors to the city.
Our collaboration of people passionate about promoting their place is growing with considerable interest from schools and colleges keen to involve young people in this creative, cultural and digital initiative.
The map has now been viewed over 1.1 million times, increasing by 20,000 a week.
Select here to our video.
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Introducing one of the city's Gems, "Public Squares", mapped with its own trail.
Each passion is showcased through features, maps, trails, galleries of photography, regular articles and (still to come) drone footage and 3D imagery.
In a short video, let's show you how, with the help of community, we introduce people to, and update people on, Birmingham's great public squares.
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Introducing It's your Build - a digital space for engaging community in place-making
Let us show you, in a short video, how we have mapped the built environment (build by build) and have created a flexible and adaptable digital space for place-making.
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Engaging Birmingham's community out of the city centre and connecting neighbourhoods
Birmingham is a city of connected neighbourhoods and here we show, via a link to a digital space created for Northfield, how a roll-out of connected platforms could support the drive for more digital neighbourhoods.
Click here to link to Northfield We Are..
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Birmingham is the first city to be supported by community-focussed digital technology that will help drive social value and economic impact.

We would be delighted to discuss with you the many applications of this digital collaboration of community for community.

Connect with us:

Jonathan.Bostock@yourplaceyourspace.com

0121 410 5520

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