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Brutal Birmingham End – April 2016 update 

7 Apr 16

The hollowing out and demolition of the former Birmingham Central Library continues at a pace since my update of the 12 February, http://birminghamcentral.


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The (he)art of the Moseley Road story 

6 Apr 16

In March 2012 I noted the hope that a stretch of a mile from Bradford Street to the Alcester Road junction of the Moseley Road could be regenerated, helping protect 26 listed buildings along its route.


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Accomodating hard work 

17 Mar 16

On the 10th March I noted the continuing development of the campus at the University of Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


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Greening the urban future – Black Country Garden City 

16 Mar 16

Announced on Tuesday 15 March at MIPIM , the international property festival, the Black Country Garden City will be Britain’s biggest garden city with the building of 45,000 homes over 1,500 hectares of brownfield land to encourage investment, …


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Painting the town 

16 Mar 16

Saturday 13th March gave artists the chance to start painting the town with the leading independent arts supplies retailer Cass Art opening a shop in Birmingham city centre; indeed their mission is “Let’s Fill this Town with Artists”.


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Banking on Birmingham’s future 

11 Mar 16

Just under one year ago HSBC announced that it was moving its headquarters for a new ringfenced UK retail and commercial banking business to Birmingham, http://www.


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Greater things from hard work 

10 Mar 16

The University of Birmingham’s motto is Per Ardua Ad Alta and it has never been truer as it has shown in recent months both in the conditions for learning and research and the product of these conditions.


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Library of Wonder 

24 Feb 16

The Library of Birmingham has revealed the sense of wonder and enjoyment from visitors from 30 countries from across the world despite visitor numbers falling by a quarter as library opening hours were cut in 2014.


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Home to the dogs 

24 Feb 16

An outline planning application has been submitted for the demolition of Hall Green Stadium, 2016/01219/PA , and replacement by up to 210 homes.


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Eye spy Brum 

13 Feb 16

In a twist on my Birmingham in pictures series, here are a selection of my photos of Birmingham through a fish eye lens which opens up new perspectives on Birmingham.


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Brutal Birmingham end February 2016 update 

12 Feb 16

There has been rapid progress demolishing the former Birmingham Central Library since my previous post of 18 December, http://birminghamcentral.


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Uber First 

12 Feb 16

Uber celebrates it’s one year anniversary in Birmingham today.


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Green Birmingham partnership 

27 Jan 16

The beautiful and hidden gem that is Winterbourne House and Garden, tucked away at the edge of the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Campus, has been given the honour of being an RHS partner garden for 2016, https://www.


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Which way, which place? – Birmingham consultations 

21 Jan 16

There are two big consultations open at the moment in which you can have your say about the future of transport and local government boundaries.


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Bath Row brick block demolition for student accommodation 

21 Jan 16

It’s almost a year since I noted the plans by Bouygues Development for new student accomodation on Bath Row, http://birminghamcentral.


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Birmingham in Pictures XVII 

15 Jan 16

Here is another selection of my photos of Birmingham in my Birmingham in Pictures series celebrating the city.


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Birmingham pit stop on Route 57 

15 Jan 16

Jurys Inn Hotels have sought to follow America’s famous ‘Route 66’ with a local UK and Ireland Route 57 of ten short road trips with 57 stops along the way.


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Brutal Birmingham end 

18 Dec 15

After years of fighting to save what could be called the modernist soul of Birmingham and just before what would have been the 41st anniversary of it’s official opening on January 12th the former Birmingham Central Library is being demolished, http…


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Super Stirchley store 

18 Dec 15

In December 2012 I noted the supermarket tussle in Stirchley over rival plans for a new supermarket, http://birminghamcentral.


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Perfect Day – Duran Duran lead Brummie musical celebration 

10 Dec 15

I deliberately titled this blog article Perfect Day after Duran Duran’s 1995 hit following the launch of new album, Paper Gods, by the Birmingham formed band.


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Advent Tram 

3 Dec 15

62 years after trams last ran through Birmingham city centre, Sunday 6 December will see trams return with the opening of the Bull Street stop on the city centre route extension.


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Good Food Birmingham 

26 Nov 15

Starting today and running until Sunday 29 November the Good Food Show Winter 2015 will be continuing Birmingham’s addiction to great food with hundreds of exhibitors, culinary tips and talks, tastings and demos.


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Resorts World Spectrcle 

18 Nov 15

On 20 October I reported on the opening of Resorts World, http://birminghamcentral.


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Monumental Pool 

29 Oct 15

This Saturday sees a special open day at Moseley Road Baths to mark its inclusion on the World Monuments Fund Watch List of buildings under threat, http://www.


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Lost in and around Paradise 

28 Oct 15

Following planning approval for the first phase of the Paradise development, http://birminghamcentral.


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Still shouting – Shout Festival 2015 

28 Oct 15

Now in it’s seventh year, http://birminghamcentral.


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Birmingham in Pictures XVI 

22 Oct 15

Here are another selection of my photos, in autumnal hues, in my Birmingham in Pictures series celebrating the city.


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The World in Birmingham 

20 Oct 15

After Super September, http://birminghamcentral.


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Birmingham: The place for investors 

20 Oct 15

In a guest authored article, Chris Grigorovsky explains why Birmingham is hot property.


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Ready steady vote – Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan 

7 Oct 15

While the recent opening of the redeveloped New Street Station and Grand Central has garnered media attention on Birmingham’s regenerating city centre, two miles away another exciting development will see the 15,000 residents of Balsall Heath vote on…


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Grand reading as Foyles Grand Central opens 

30 Sep 15

Author voices bring books to life in digitally enhanced shop Image credit: lustedgreen Foyles, the independent book chain, opens it’s latest branch at the new Grand Central shopping centre today, 30 September in a space where ‘physical meets digital’.


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Sun shines on Grand entrance – Grand Central opens 

25 Sep 15

Yesterday I was fortunate to be invited alongside the press to the opening of Grand Central shopping centre.


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Super station for super september 

24 Sep 15

September is turning out to be the best month in Birmingham’s annual calendar with September 2003 seeing the opening of the redeveloped Bullring, September 2013 seeing opening of the new Library of Birmingham and now September 2015 seeing the opening…


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Final Countdown – new New Street Station arrives 

19 Sep 15

In under twelve hours the long wait for the redevelopment of New Street Station will be over – well almost – with the keys to the station handed over to the station manager at 7.30am, http://www.


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Countdown to Chamberlain Hall opening 

17 Sep 15

In my previous post I noted the countdown to the opening of New Street Station.


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Calling all stops – countdown to New Street Station opening 

16 Sep 15

The opening of the redeveloped New Street Station is now only days away and there is an audible as well as palpable buzz of both anticipation and hard work to ensure all construction is finished on time.


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Exercise your beats in Birmingham 

2 Sep 15

DJ Gym Birmingham has opened its doors with London’s hippest DJ and Music Production academy offering tuition coupled with access to professional recording studios and DJ rehearsal space.


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Rollercoaster ride to New Street Station opening 

26 Aug 15

There’s under a month to go until New Street Station opens on 20 September and Grand Central shopping centre and John Lewis open on the 24 September and passengers are being invited to familiarise themselves with the new layout in an exhibition …


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Notiz what’s happening in Birmingham 

25 Aug 15

You can now browse some public notices issued by Birmingham City Council as part of a smartphone app trial.


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Beorma rises 

19 Aug 15

In January 2009 I reported on developer Salhia submitting a planning application for a development called Beorma Quarter in Digbeth, http://birminghamcentral.


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Electrifying progress on Chase Line 

19 Aug 15

In 2012 I reported on the approval of plans to electrify the Chase line linking Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley stations, http://birminghamcentral.


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Birmingham on Sea 

19 Aug 15

Birmingham’s location, about as far away from the sea as you can get, won’t stop the tide from washing in when a giant seashell will land in Victoria Square on Monday August 24th.


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Birmingham in Pictures XV 

18 Aug 15

Here are a selection of my photos of Birmingham in my series, Birmingham in Pictures , where I celebrate the city in my take on why I believe it is so fabulous.


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September shout out for Birmingham 

6 Aug 15

Birmingham City Council is looking for people to shout about Brum in September as ambassadors to help welcome the thousands of people expected to flock to the city.


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Chamberlain Hall construction update July 2015 

29 Jul 15

It has been three months since my last update on the redevelopment of Chamberlain Hall and all work is now moving towards the student residence’s Autumn opening.


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What a hoot! – The Birmingham parliament 

23 Jul 15

In March I noted that a Birmingham Parliament was being assembled with Wild in Art bringing nearly 100 owls to Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


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No longer hidden Birm(in)gham 

17 Jun 15

After last years hugely successful Hidden Birmingham exhibition, http://birminghamcentral.


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Squaring a central heart – Centenary Square competition 

3 Jun 15

December 2014 saw the launch of a design competition to redesign Centenary Square, http://birminghamcentral.


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Place, space and art 

15 May 15

There are only a few days remaining for Birmingham City Council’s Public Art Strategy 2015-2019 consultation, https://www.


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Chamberlain Hall construction update April 2015 

25 Apr 15

There’s been a lot of progress on the redevelopment of Chamberlain Hall since my last report of the 11 February, http://birminghamcentral.


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Not stationary – New Street Station redevelopment update 

24 Apr 15

It has been some time since i’ve reported on the redevelopment of New Street Station but in construction terms it feels much longer with an amazing rate of progress since my last report on the project.


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The Birmingham Parliament 

17 Mar 15

This summer Birmingham will play host to a parliament – but of the feathered variety.


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Plugging the gap – draining Birmingham canal 

26 Feb 15

For those used to the calm canal waters between Brindleyplace and the Mailbox, a stretch of the Worcester and Birmingham canal which meets the Birmingham Canal Main Line at Gas Street Basin, a gap without water has appeared.


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Booming Brum 1 

17 Feb 15

A day doesn’t seem to go by at the moment without attention being directed towards Birmingham and this attention is well deserved.


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Chamberlain Hall construction update February 2015 

11 Feb 15

Progress continues to be made on the redevelopment of Chamberlain Hall since my previous update of 12 December, Chamberlain Hall December Construction Update .


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Birmingham at 15 

13 Jan 15

Birmingham welcomes in a new year and what the Birmingham Post reported as the ‘big 15 in 15’ with 15 big events taking place in the year ahead, http://www.


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How Lottery Funding Has Changed The Face of Birmingham 

17 Dec 14

In another guest authored article, Austin Weaver , a writer for The Lotter Blog writes about how lottery funding has changed the face of Birmingham.


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Birmingham in Pictures XIV 

12 Dec 14

Here are a selection of my photos of Birmingham in my series, Birmingham in Pictures , showing the city from a personal perspective.


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Chamberlain Hall December Construction Update 

12 Dec 14

Work is continuing on the University of Birmingham’s Chamberlain Hall student residence with work progressing steadily since my last update of October, http://birminghamcentral.


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Carpeting the living room – Centenary Square 

5 Dec 14

Monday 2 December saw the first stage of a competition to redesign Centenary Square close.