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09 Aug 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August 2020

Baldwins arrived in Paradise with one of their huge Liebherrs this weekend to install the crane for Sir Robert McAlpine's construction of One Centenary Way, here is a gallery of photos taken on Friday, Saturday and Sunday form several vantage points.

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August 2020





Baldwins arrived in Paradise with one of their huge Liebherrs this weekend to install the crane for Sir Robert McAlpine's construction of One Centenary Way, here is a gallery of photos taken on Friday, Saturday and Sunday form several vantage points.

Photos by Daniel Sturley


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Modern Architecture
05 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown
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From The NIA Birmingham to Utilita Arena Birmingham

The National Indoor Arena opened in Birmingham in 1991 on a site close to Old Turn Junction of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. Rebuilt on the canalside from 2013-14, it was branded Barclaycard Arena from 2014-17. Then Arena Birmingham from 2017-20. It now has a new sponsor and is called Utilita Arena Birmingham. Still owned by the NEC Group.

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From The NIA Birmingham to Utilita Arena Birmingham





The National Indoor Arena opened in Birmingham in 1991 on a site close to Old Turn Junction of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. Rebuilt on the canalside from 2013-14, it was branded Barclaycard Arena from 2014-17. Then Arena Birmingham from 2017-20. It now has a new sponsor and is called Utilita Arena Birmingham. Still owned by the NEC Group.


The National Indoor Arena Birmingham

The National Indoor Arena was opened in 1991. It was where Gladiators was recorded from 1992 to 1999. Located near King Edwards Road in Birmingham. It is on the Birmingham Canal Navigations at Old Turn Junction, where the Main Line meets the start of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. The arena was redeveloped during 2013 and 2014. Reopening in December 2014 at the Barclaycard Arena. This sponsorship ended at the end of August 2017. And it was then known as Arena Birmingham from September 2017. Securing a new sponsor in 2020, the arena was renamed again in April 2020 (during the lockdown while they were closed) to the current Utilita Arena Birmingham.

 

The NIA Birmingham (1991-2014)

Events that took place at the National Indoor Arena during this time include Gladiators (1992-99), the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, and the World Indoor Athletics Championships 2003.

My earliest photos of the NIA were taken during April 2009. By which time they were branding it as the nia birmingham. These views from the Brindleyplace Bridge towards The Malt House and the Brewmasters Bridge.

This view of the nia birmingham taken during June 2009, from the towpath outside of the National Sealife Centre.

NIA redevelopment (2013-14)

The redevelopment started around the summer of 2013 and was completed by the winter of 2014. The arena reopened as the Barclaycard Arena from December 2014.

Scaffolding going up around August 2013. The arena remained open throughout the works, but access to the public was limited.

More hoardings going up around September 2013. The old canalside facade was starting to be dismantled.

When the Library of Birmingham opened during September 2013 for the first time, I was able to get this photo of The NIA from the Secret Garden.

By April 2014 the steel girders had gone up and the shape of the new canalside view of the Arena was already up.

Not long to go by September 2014. The golden fins were in place, as was the glass windows and the three sky needles in the middle.

The Secret Garden view from the Library of Birmingham update taken during Sepember 2014 of the Arena. When the view is clear, you can see Edgbaston Reservoir from here.

The November 2014 update from the Brindleyplace Bridge. Within a month the arena would reopen as the Barclaycard Arena, but was more or less complete by this point.

Barclaycard Arena (2014-17)

The Arena reopened on the 2nd December 2014 as the Barclaycard Arena.

In the middle of December 2014, I took the following nightshots to see the Barclaycard Arena lit up after dark. This was around 5pm. It looked amazing. Including the digital display of the then City Skyline.

In January 2015 I took this digital display on the Barclaycard Arena. First view "lighting up Birmingham's skyline". The second view the Barclaycard Arena logo with the skyline.

In March 2015 I took this view of the Barclaycard Arena from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham.

A May 2015 view of the Barclaycard Arena with it's golden fins.

Arena Birmingham (2017-20)

Barclaycard ended there sponsorship of the arena at the end of August 2017. So from September 2017, the arena was now known simply as Arena Birmingham (but with no sponsor).

Took this view of Arena Birmingham from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham during October 2017.

The Beast from the East and Storm Emma hit Birmingham during early March 2018. Which was when Arena Birmingham was hosting the World Indoor Athletics Championships 2018. But the surrounding canals and towpaths were covered in snow and ice! Athletes and officials could run around outside, but it would have been very cold.

In April 2018, I saw the then new Arena Birmingham logo heading up the steps from the King Edwards Road entrance. Canopies were also at the time going up around The Malt House for an event linking the Arena to The ICC.

My last views of Arena Birmingham before the lockdown and the new sponsor Utilita came into force were taken during January 2020. It would be another 6 to 7 months before I would see the arena again (due to the pandemic / lockdown).

Utilita Arena Birmingham (2020-?)

During the lockdown, the arena had to close (like other venues all around the world).  The name change took place during April 2020. And would now be called Utilita Arena Birmingham. That meant the signs had to be changed, and the old ones taken down.

My first photo of Utilita Arena Birmingham taken in the middle of July 2020 from the Brindleyplace Bridge. The rest near the end of the month.

Hopefully it will one day be safe to reopen indoor arenas like this one. Even for sporting events without crowds. And they could be televised.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Green open spaces
06 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Langley Hall Park near Robin Hood Golf Club

When lockdown kicked in back in March 2020, the first daily walk I did was to Langley Hall Park. I noticed it on Google Maps and it looked like it was in walking distance. The park in Solihull is next to Robin Hood Golf Club. Main entrance on Swanswell Road. It is near Olton and Kineton Green in Solihull. Not far from the Birmingham border (Gospel Oak / Hall Green). Been two more times.

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Langley Hall Park near Robin Hood Golf Club





When lockdown kicked in back in March 2020, the first daily walk I did was to Langley Hall Park. I noticed it on Google Maps and it looked like it was in walking distance. The park in Solihull is next to Robin Hood Golf Club. Main entrance on Swanswell Road. It is near Olton and Kineton Green in Solihull. Not far from the Birmingham border (Gospel Oak / Hall Green). Been two more times.


Langley Hall Park

Welcome to Langley Hall Park. It is located in Olton, Solihull. Not far from Kineton Green. It is a small park with a pond and stream. There is paths that leads to the local schools. Suitable for walks, if you are walking from the roads / streets outside of the park then into the park. The main entrance gate is off Swanswell Road, which is linked to Langley Hall Road. This road goes to Gospel Lane, which takes you over the border in Birmingham (Gospel Oak / Hall Green). Acocks Green isn't that far away as well. The side paths leads to Reynalds Cross School, Langley School Specialist College and Langley Primary School. The road at the end leads to St Bernard's Road. You can't fail to notice Robin Hood Golf Club, which is to the south of the park on the other side of the fences.

 

My first walk to and then around Langley Hall Park was on the 24th March 2020, the day after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the whole nation that we are in lockdown. And you must stay at home. And if you go out, other than shopping or medical needs, to go for one form of daily exercise a day. I headed for Langley Hall Park, although for the majority of lockdown, I'm at home, more than going out for the odd daily exercise walk (e.g. creating a lot of Birmingham We Are posts).

Arriving at the park, the tree on the right had yellow leaves, not quite green. Enter through this gate.

Brilliant blue sunshine over an empty field.

Solihull M.B.C. Langley Hall Local Nature Reserve - typical Solihull park sign that you would also find in other parks in the Borough.

First look at the pond, the leaves had yet to grow back on the trees.

Saw an Egret in the pond.

This was the right hand side of the park. Or the south west corner towards Langley Hall Road.

This path goes past the fences near Robin Hood Golf Club.

This would be the south east corner of the park.

The path leading back to the main entrance.

A bench halfway to the next path.

And back to the main entrance / exit.

At the time was daffodils growing on the left.

This would be the entrance that I would use the most, even on my return visits.

Second visit was on the 11th April 2020. It was the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend and it was quite warm at the time. There wasn't that many people in the park at the time, just the odd other person. A look back at the main entrance. Only a couple of weeks on from my last visit, this tree was blooming already.

Went around the back of the pond this time around.

More trees around the back of the pond.

There is a bird house in the pond.

Many young families stop around the pond to look at the ducks or other wildlife.

Started to head down a path past the golf course and schools. Saw this robin on the fence before it flew away.

Only went down the path about halfway before turning back. I suspected that it might lead to St Bernard's Road. And as I didn't finish the path at the time, I wanted to go back.

Heading back, saw this blossom tree near Reynalds Cross School.

These are the trees close to the main entrance. The daffodils had finished flowering at this point.

As we left the park sign made a nice shadow with Langley Hall Park on the pavement.

For my third and most recent visit, I decided to get into the park a different way, on the 2nd July 2020. Walking into Solihull down Streetsbrook Road. I turned onto St Bernard's Road. When I saw a sign for Robin Hood Golf Club, I turned into the side road. Also at that end was Langley Primary School. Both venues seem to have reopened. Eventually the road gave way to a path between the golf course and the school grounds, and was back in the park.

Saw a lady coming from the path on the right.

I stuck to the path running alongside the golf course.

This lady was going for a run in the park.

I noticed that there was a lot of long grass growing, but some of the grass had been cut for social distancing purposes.

Getting near the path that runs alongside the stream.

Noticed a family was looking at a family of ducks, so I got this photo of the ducks.

The leaves on the trees around the pond were fully grown back.

Heading off the path near the pond and back to the path to the main entrance. More long grass to the right.

The leaves on the trees near the main entrance were really long by this point.

And back to the main entrance / exit gate. This time using it only the once, as I had come from the St Bernard's Road entrance. I think there is another path leading to Langley Hall Road, but I've not used that entrance yet.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
12 Jun 2020 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - June 2020 Update

Work has recommenced on the buildings silver cladding panels after a two month delay. Here is a superb gallery of photos from Daniel, covering March 22nd to 10th June.

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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - June 2020 Update





Work has recommenced on the buildings silver cladding panels after a two month delay. Here is a superb gallery of photos from Daniel, covering March 22nd to 10th June.


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More photos in the full construction gallery for this build here...

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Art, culture & creativity
11 Jun 2020 - FreeTimePays
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The 2020 Entry for the Chelsea Flower Show on Display in Victoria Square - 10th June 2020

Daniel's been over to Victoria Square to take a selection of photos of the wonderful floral tribute from Birmingham to the NHS and all our brilliant frontline workers.  

Much of what is on display would have been used at Birmingham's entry at the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show which has been cancelled this year.

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The 2020 Entry for the Chelsea Flower Show on Display in Victoria Square - 10th June 2020





Daniel's been over to Victoria Square to take a selection of photos of the wonderful floral tribute from Birmingham to the NHS and all our brilliant frontline workers.  

Much of what is on display would have been used at Birmingham's entry at the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show which has been cancelled this year.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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