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YourPlaceYourSpace Travel & tourism
15 Aug 2021 - YourPlaceYourSpace
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City views from the 'Secret Garden' at the Library - wonderful!

The 'Secret Garden' on the 7th Floor of the Library of Birmingham is open and our regular Birmingham We Are contributors Elliott and Daniel couldn't wait to get back up after 18 months to photograph all the changes across the city. We've included some photos of the inside of the Library and of the Secret Garden in this gallery.

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City views from the 'Secret Garden' at the Library - wonderful!





The 'Secret Garden' on the 7th Floor of the Library of Birmingham is open and our regular Birmingham We Are contributors Elliott and Daniel couldn't wait to get back up after 18 months to photograph all the changes across the city. We've included some photos of the inside of the Library and of the Secret Garden in this gallery.


Inside the amazing Library of Birmingham. (August 13th 2021)

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The Library's 'Secret Garden' on the 7th floor (13th August 2021)

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City views from the Secret Garden

Here looking down at Centenary Square from 50 metres above it in the Secret Garden.

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Here's a selection of views over the city.

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Here's some of the amazing flowers that can be found in the Secret Garden.

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All the amazing photography from our community contributors Daniel Sturley and Elliott Brown.

 

For our feature on the Library of Birmingham, one of our Birmingham Gems go HERE.

For our Birmingham Gems interactive map, go HERE.

For all Birmingham Gems, go to www.BirminghamGems.com.

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Daniel Sturley Rivers, lakes & canals
12 Aug 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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A Short Walk along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Between Newhall and Livery Street

One of the most interesting stretches of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal can be found in the City Centre between the Newhall Street Bridge and the Livery Street Rail Bridge, unless you are somewhat claustrophobic! Mind your head and enjoy a great urbanscape away from the bustle of the Jewellery Quarter.

A gallery of photos along this route on 27th July is in the full article.

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A Short Walk along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Between Newhall and Livery Street





One of the most interesting stretches of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal can be found in the City Centre between the Newhall Street Bridge and the Livery Street Rail Bridge, unless you are somewhat claustrophobic! Mind your head and enjoy a great urbanscape away from the bustle of the Jewellery Quarter.

A gallery of photos along this route on 27th July is in the full article.


Starting at the Newhall Street Bridge and tunnel and heading east will take you down to where the canal passes under Brindley House. From here you eventually reach the tiny tunnel under the Livery Street Road Bridge and immediately into the cavernous Livery Street Rail Bridge Tunnel. A spiral staircase will take you back up onto Livery Street.

To start the trail, take the steps down from Newhall Street to the canal towpath. Alternatively join the canal from Fleet Street by crossing the bridge opposite the Michell's and Butler building. 

 

Looking down the tunnel under the Newhall Street Bridge.

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Looking back the other way (west).

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Here's the canal as you emerge underneath Brindley House.

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Here we look back at the tunnel under Ludgate Hill.

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This is the much smaller Livery Street Road tunnel which sits directly alongside the cavernous rail tunnel.

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Here we looki back from the Liver Street road tunnel.

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Now we emerge into the massive rail tunnel.

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Here there is a spiral staircase up to Livery Street.

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

We hope you enjoyed this trail created with the help of our great Birmingham community. 

Go HERE to see other trails and maps you may enjoy. 

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
12 Aug 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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Inspirational tour of The Gothic (July 2021)

In July 2021, Cordia Blackswan invited It's Your Build and Birmingham We Are to visit the The Gothic. The light was great for some really atmospheric photos that shows the amazing historic detail of the building early in its refurbishment.

Take the full article for some stunning images of this great historic Jewellery Quarter building to be found on Great Hampton Street.

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Inspirational tour of The Gothic (July 2021)





In July 2021, Cordia Blackswan invited It's Your Build and Birmingham We Are to visit the The Gothic. The light was great for some really atmospheric photos that shows the amazing historic detail of the building early in its refurbishment.

Take the full article for some stunning images of this great historic Jewellery Quarter building to be found on Great Hampton Street.


The Gothic is a stunning building!

It was a privalege to be invited to view the building and as you will see the lighting was just perfect for some great atmospheric photography.  

We hope you think so too.  Enjoy!

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Photography by Daniel Sturley and Stephen Giles.

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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
21 Jun 2021 - Elliott Brown
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Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

After a delay, Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 finally began in May 2021, and will be on in the City of Coventry for the next year or so. Coventry won the bid to host it in late 2017. The City Centre is being redeveloped as arts and cultural activities get underway. Get the train down from Birmingham New Street with Avanti West Coast, a 20 minute journey. Then 10 minute walk.

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Coventry UK City of Culture 2021





After a delay, Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 finally began in May 2021, and will be on in the City of Coventry for the next year or so. Coventry won the bid to host it in late 2017. The City Centre is being redeveloped as arts and cultural activities get underway. Get the train down from Birmingham New Street with Avanti West Coast, a 20 minute journey. Then 10 minute walk.


COVENTRY UK CITY OF CULTURE 2021

 

Transport to Coventry

If you are heading to Coventry from Birmingham, the fastest route is from Birmingham New Street Station to Coventry Station with Avanti West Coast. Their Class 390 Pendolino service towards London Euston only takes about 20 minutes (with one stop at Birmingham International). If you went with London Northwestern Railway in one of their Class 350 Desiro trains, the journey might be longer.

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If you go by bus, take the X1 on a National Express West Midlands Platinum bus. The journey would take at least an hour or more (depending on where you get on). The bus terminates at Pool Meadow Bus Station in Coventry (not far from the Coventry Transport Museum).

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Coventry's BID for UK City of Culture 2021

In 2017, the City of Coventry bid to be the 2021 UK City of Culture. Coventry won the bid in December 2017. The other bidders were: Swansea, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland.

"We weren't sent to Coventry, we chose to come. Coventry is a city of welcome, a city of stories, a city of innovation and invention, a City of Culture".

I saw the sign below at the Friargate development, not far from Coventry Station during October 2017.

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Thre was also this sign about Coventry's bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Seen in Broadgate, Coventry, behind the Lady Godiva statue. Was in the window of Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre. This was in March 2018, so Coventry by this point had won the bid around 3 months earlier.

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End of February 2020, and I saw this sign about Coventry 2021 at Friargate near Coventry Station.

"We are UK City of Culture 2021". This way to the City Centre. Several weeks before the 1st lockdown, and over a year before Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 would begin. It ended up getting delayed until May 2021 in the end. What with the 3rd lockdown, and having to wait for restrictions to be eased again.

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Cultural activities in Coventry City Centre, March 2018

On the 24th March 2018, over 3 months since Coventry officially won the bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, there was various street entertainment taking place at the time around Coventry City Centre.

Men in kilts with a ladder near West Orchards Shopping Centre on Smithford Way.

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"My City 2048". Also seen on Smithford Way in Coventry. Coventry (UK) is twinned with Volgograd (Russia). And this art was part of the Young Artists' Exchange. 50 young people in Coventry and in Volgograd, Russia were asked to imagine how their cities might look in the year 2084 (when Coventry and Volgograd will have been twin cities for 140 years). This is the exhibition that they came up with.

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Canteen advert at West Orchards Shopping Centre, on a four wheeled slow vehicle. This was near a fountain and the Upper Precinct. There was also some people around in orange outfits at the time.

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Colourful banners at the Upper Precinct. On my most recent visit to Upper Precinct on the 12th June 2021, I noticed that this footbridge above has been removed. As has the escalators behind with the glass windows.

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Finally we had the Bureau of Silly Ideas, making sensible use of silly. There was a moving cone. This was at Broadgate.

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Return visit to Coventry, June 2021

I got the train down to Coventry to see a bit of Coventry 2021 on the 12th June 2021. After checking out new station building, took a long walk around until I got back into the City Centre via Spon Street. Got to see the ribbons at Broadgate and the rainbow arcade on Hertford Street. I may have missed other areas I wasn't aware of. Was my first time travelling back to Coventry since the pandemic began.

This banner on the Friargate hoardings, I later saw on the walk back towards Coventry Station. There is a Coventry 2021 app apparently.

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Earlier I saw this Coventry 2021 sign in the windows of a former BHS store, I was heading from the Upper Precinct to the Lower Precinct for a stop at Caffe Nero.

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While landscaping of the City Centre streets continues in Coventry, at the Upper Precinct is this new water jet fountains for kids to play in.

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The previous footbridge and escalators that was here has been removed, as you can see in this view towards the Lower Precinct. There is still a lot to do in regards to the new paving.

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The view from the other side, it's not just Centenary Square, Birmingham where kids can have fun in water in a public space, such as here in Coventry!

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Hertford Street rainbow arcade

I'd previously seen photos by Damien Walmsley taken in here. You can see his post on his blog here: Coventry looking good in the sun. The rainbow arcade is on Hertford Street.

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I kept looking up at the many colours on the roof.

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I missed spotting the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 shop (on the left). I wasn't aware of it when I was there.

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I popped up some steps that led to a car park, after some views I headed back the way I came.

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One more view of the rainbow arcade before returning to Broadgate.

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Ribbons at Broadgate

Approaching Broadgate from the Upper Precinct for my first view of the ribbons.

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The sun was shing as cyclist rode past, and people sitting on the benches below the ribbons.

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The ribbons with messages above the infamous Lady Godiva statue.

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There was also Coventry 2021 sky blue banners around the square.

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View from the back of the Lady Godiva statue. The Upper and Lower Precinct were to the right.

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More shadows with a view of the ribbons towards the Upper and Lower Precinct. After this I headed to Hertford Street (see above).

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Coming back from Hertford Street, now back in Broadgate towards Primark, and retracing my steps down the Upper Precinct.

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I would have looked for more after leaving the Lower Precinct, but ended up walking back to Coventry Station to return to Birmingham. That and get a few more shots of the new red station building.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
23 Mar 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Centenary Way - March 2021 Update Two

A lot is happening now at the site and the progress is fast! The building will be structurally all steel and the full girth of it can be seen from Centenary Square (the first photo in the main article). The outer perimeter structure is visable from all around the site and the central core structure is rising fast too with a maze of black girders appearing above the hordings.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - March 2021 Update Two





A lot is happening now at the site and the progress is fast! The building will be structurally all steel and the full girth of it can be seen from Centenary Square (the first photo in the main article). The outer perimeter structure is visable from all around the site and the central core structure is rising fast too with a maze of black girders appearing above the hordings.


Construction of One Centenary Square in Birmingham

The following images have been taken during March 2021.

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All photography by Daniel Sturley

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