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Elliott Brown Modern Architecture
09 Jun 2022 - Elliott Brown
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The Mercian - Great Modern Architecture

The completed Mercian is the dominant tower on Broad Street in the West Side at 132m. Here is a gallery of recent photos of the building. Take the full feature link to see the construction photography gallery, previous posts and map of the site.

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The Mercian - Great Modern Architecture





The completed Mercian is the dominant tower on Broad Street in the West Side at 132m. Here is a gallery of recent photos of the building. Take the full feature link to see the construction photography gallery, previous posts and map of the site.


15th November 2021

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25th November 2021

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26th November 2021

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26th December 2021

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29th November 2021

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_8750b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

4th December 2021

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Mercian%20Tyseley%20Station%2004122021%20(1).jpg" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

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5th December 2021

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6th December 2021

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24th December 2021

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31st December 2021

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5th January 2022

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9th January 2022

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15th January 2022

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19th January 2022

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20th January 2022

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_9743b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

29th January 2022

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_0354b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

6th February 2022

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_1101b_MERC_002.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

19th February 2022

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Mercian%20Granville%20St%2022022022%20(1).jpg" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

22nd February 2022

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23rd February 2022

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27th February 2022

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6th March 2022

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19th March 2022

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2nd April 2022

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_4641b_MERC_002.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

3rd April 2022

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_4907b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

17th April 2022

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5661b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

30th April 2022

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14th May 2022 

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21st May 2022

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25th May 2022

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30th May 2022

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There are now over 1500 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: The Mercian Full Construction Gallery.

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Elliott Brown Transport
06 Jun 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Perry Barr Station reopened at the end of May 2022

Perry Barr Station was reopened on Sunday 29th May 2022 on the Wolverhampton via Birmingham New Street to Walsall line. Elliott got an off-peak return to the station the following day to check the station out. Trains every half hour in both directions. Looks much better than the old station, it now also has lifts. Platform gap to trains is a bit high, but other than that it's ok.

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Perry Barr Station reopened at the end of May 2022





Perry Barr Station was reopened on Sunday 29th May 2022 on the Wolverhampton via Birmingham New Street to Walsall line. Elliott got an off-peak return to the station the following day to check the station out. Trains every half hour in both directions. Looks much better than the old station, it now also has lifts. Platform gap to trains is a bit high, but other than that it's ok.


A visit to Perry Barr Station on Monday 30th May 2022, with an off-peak day return ticket only £3.00 in the West Midlands Railway app from Birmingham New Street and back.

I arrived at Perry Barr on the 11:40 on platform 2 on board London Northwestern Railway 350101.

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London Northwestern Railway 350101 seen shortly before departing for Walsall. Youtuber Sim0n Trains was there most of the day.

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Up the steps, a quick look at the concourse on the way out.

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It's pretty spacious in here, a bit quiet during off peak hours.

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Was raining on arrival at Perry Barr. A quick look at the exterior of the new station building.

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It looks like rusted metal, compared to the old concrete that was there from the 1960s until 2021.

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After a Costa Coffee stop out of the rain at the One Stop Shopping Centre, the start of a walk towards Perry Park, had to cross over Walsall Road, and find my way onto Aldridge Road.

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About an hour later after coming back via the Tame Valley Canal, there was now a worker on a cherry picker near the Perry Barr Station sign. View with The Mercian.

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A lot of work still to be done in the public realm outside of the station and One Stop, near Walsall Road.

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One shutter that was open earlier was now closed while the cherry picker was there, but was an entrance near the ticket machine.

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The concourse from the other side, near the ticket desk.

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View from the bridge between the lifts, Sim0n Trains and friend were still there getting footage for his video.

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Sim0n Trains videoing the steps from platform 2 by the looks of it.

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View down platform 1.

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Had a half hour wait for my train back to Birmingham New Street. First up, the 13:40 to Walsall showed up at platform 2. London Northwestern Railway 350403.

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Then London Northwestern Railway 350403, the 13:43 to Wolverhampton (via Birmingham New Street showed up) about a minute late. Caught this back to Birmingham.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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31 May 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Summer 2022 umbrellas between The Mailbox Canalside and The Cube

The Mailbox has put up colourful umbrellas on the Canalside near the bars and restaurants, on the paths towards The Cube. They will be up for the duration of Summer 2022. No guarantee of keeping you dry from the wind and rain though!

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Summer 2022 umbrellas between The Mailbox Canalside and The Cube





The Mailbox has put up colourful umbrellas on the Canalside near the bars and restaurants, on the paths towards The Cube. They will be up for the duration of Summer 2022. No guarantee of keeping you dry from the wind and rain though!

Enjoy this post of five photos.


You can either approach the umbrellas from The Mailbox, at the exit to the Canalside, or head up the path from Holliday Street. Alternatively come from The Cube, or from Gas Street Basin and over the Salvage Turn Bridge.

The umbrellas are black, red, white, and green.

They on the upper level near Six Sixes and Miller & Carter, and the lower level near Zizzi and Churchills.

Oh and if you visit in late May / early June 2022, you will probably see the Union Jack bunting for HM the Queen's Platinum Jubilee!

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Floral canopy on Hurst Walk and rainbow bunting at The Arcadian

If you are walking around Southside / the Chinese Quarter during Summer 2022, be sure to check out the floral canopy on Hurst Walk (enter from Hurst Street) and the rainbow bunting inside of The Arcadian. Best viewed from the upper walkway before heading to the steps near Cathay Street and exit to Pershore Street.

Five photos in this post.

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Floral canopy on Hurst Walk and rainbow bunting at The Arcadian





If you are walking around Southside / the Chinese Quarter during Summer 2022, be sure to check out the floral canopy on Hurst Walk (enter from Hurst Street) and the rainbow bunting inside of The Arcadian. Best viewed from the upper walkway before heading to the steps near Cathay Street and exit to Pershore Street.

Five photos in this post.


Head down Hurst Street from Smallbrook Queensway, and enter Hurst Walk.

It's the one with the rainbow path on it (the other one of Ladywell Walk has been tarmaced over during the Public Realm Works).

Above you, you will see a floral canopy that leads into The Arcadian.

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You now see there is colourful rainbow bunting in the central arena part of The Arcadian. Just walk around the upper path past the bars / restaurants to see from above, or head down the steps. If you stay on the upper path, it leads around to the steps above Cathay Street, and the exit to Pershore Street.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Westside Metro Extension: Broad Street and Hagley Road - April and May 2022 update

Trams continue to be tested along Broad Street and Hagley Road via Five Ways. The roads will be reopened to buses from 5th June 2022, but trams will only be in service to Bull Street when it resumes again. 

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Westside Metro Extension: Broad Street and Hagley Road - April and May 2022 update





Trams continue to be tested along Broad Street and Hagley Road via Five Ways. The roads will be reopened to buses from 5th June 2022, but trams will only be in service to Bull Street when it resumes again. 


2nd April 2022

Broad Street

At Centenary Square, near Broad Street. Pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers near Library Tram Stop.

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9th April 2022

Broad Street

The Midland Metro Alliance has installed an electricity substation at Five Ways Island, above  the Five Ways Underpass (between Broad Street and Hagley Road in Edgbaston). St Martin's Place and Park Regis Birmingham seen behind with a bus on the 23 or 24 bus routes via Harborne.

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Cones and pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers on Broad Street between The Mercian and The Bank. Towards the Five Ways Entertainment Complex.

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Cones and barriers on Broad Street between Brindleyplace and O'Neill's towards The Crown Reflex.

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7th May 2022

Broad Street

Close to the site of Brindleyplace Tram Stop on Broad Street towards the Library of Birmingham. Pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers were in the middle of the road.

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25th May 2022

Hagley Road

Outside of Morrisons on the Hagley Road. What looks like green astroturf, with TRAM ONLY painted on this side. Towards Starbucks Coffee.

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To the Five Ways Underpass from Hagley Road. The barriers have been removed, but cones remain in place.

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A Midland Metro Alliance worker is there to remove the cones when the test trams come through the Five Ways Underpass. View towards The Mercian and Hampton by Hilton Broad Street hotel.

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28th May 2022

Broad Street

Cones line both sides of Broad Street between JD Wetherspoon: Solomon Cutter and The Crown Reflex, towards The Brasshouse. A car drives up the middle, while a yellow taxi cab is parked on the right.

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Cyclists have made good use of the closed roads. Here a cyclist is seen riding his bike through the middle of the cones up Broad Street and past The Brasshouse. Entrance to Brindleyplace and the canal on the right.

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Closest we've been able to get to the Five Ways Underpass from Broad Street. There is a Midland Metro Alliance worker who moves the cones and barriers when a test tram comes through. View towards the Marriott Hotel.

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It looks like the underpass will be for buses and trams only. All other traffic will have to use Five Ways Island from Broad Street. View near Park Regis Birmingham and Broadway Residences.

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For further photos click here for almost 400 photos: Westside Metro extension Broad Street to Hagley Road

Photography by Elliott Brown

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