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Demolition starts green heart beating 

10 Aug 17

Three years ago I wrote about the University of Birmingham’s ambitions for a new green heart at the centre of its Edgbaston campus.


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Paradise Rising – Update III 

27 Jul 17

It’s been seven months since my last update on the Paradise development, Paradise Rising – Update II , and the new office block for PwC, One Chamberlain Square, is steadily rising while works around the site to prepare for Two Chamberlain Square.


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HSBC Birmingham HQ construction January 2017 Update 

18 Jan 17

Construction work continues at a pace on the new HSBC UK headquarters as The Telegraph reports that demand from current employees to work at the new office has seen twice the number of applicants to job roles, http://www.


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Paradise Rising – Update II 

22 Dec 16

Construction work is continuing at the Paradise development with construction work on the core and podium deck.


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Birmingham in Pictures XXIII 

12 Dec 16

The following photos continue my Birmingham in Pictures series and reflect on the ever changing city and why I can never be bored of Birmingham.


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HSBC Birmingham HQ construction December update 

9 Dec 16

It’s been almost two months since my last update on the construction of the HSBC UK headquarters at the Arena Central site in Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


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Paradise rising 

8 Dec 16

It’s been over a month since my last update on the Paradise redevelopment and demolition of the former Birmingham Central Library, http://birminghamcentral.


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Reclaiming the photo – Reclaim Photography Festival 2017 

10 Nov 16

Reclaim Photography Festival 2017 Reclaim Photography Festival is coming to the West Midlands from 6 May – 7 June 2017 in support of St Basils charity.


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A gem of a city – 2017 charity calendar to celebrate modern and classic Birmingham 

3 Nov 16

@BirminghamWeAre, the fast growing twitter account for city-wide engagements and collaborations celebrating Birmingham is in association with InTheCity magazine producing a limited edition 2017 calendar to recognise the growth and success of the city.


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Paradise born from Brutal Birmingham End 

26 Oct 16

It has been almost three months to the day since I blogged about the demolition of the former Birmingham Central Library, http://birminghamcentral.


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Park Central – constructing an end: October update 

21 Oct 16

It is almost two months since my last update on the construction of the Glenn Howells designed homes at Park Central, http://birminghamcentral.


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HSBC Birmingham HQ construction October update 

19 Oct 16

It has been over two months since my last update on the construction of the HSBC UK headquarters in Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


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Super September Birmingham in Pictures XXII 

14 Oct 16

It was a Super September again for Birmingham in 2016 with the opening of the new Apple store in the former Midland Bank building on New Street, http://www.


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Park Central – constructing an end: August update 

25 Aug 16

It’s been over a month since I last reported on construction progress on the Glenn Howells housing at Park Central, http://birminghamcentral.


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Chamberlain home 

17 Aug 16

For students receiving their A level results tomorrow and gaining a place at the University of Birmingham the campus will be an amazing home both to study and also, for those in halls, to live.


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HSBC Birmingham HQ construction update 

10 Aug 16

They say 24 hours is a long time in politics but four days, since my last update, in the construction of the new HSBC UK headquarters in Birmingham has seen the lift cores rise higher and further reveal the scale of the new headquarters, http://…


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Banking on Birmingham’s future – HSBC HQ construction update III 

5 Aug 16

The construction of HSBC UK’s new headquarters is continuing at a rapid pace since my last update of the 22 July, http://birminghamcentral.


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Next station arriving at Longbridge 

3 Aug 16

40 years seems to be the average lifespan for many Birmingham buildings before regeneration or more often demolition beckons.


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Simply meteoric – Moseley M&S Simply Food construction update 

28 Jul 16

Nearly two months have passed since my last update on the construction of the new Marks Spencer Simply Food in Moseley, http://birminghamcentral.


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Brutal Birmingham End July 2016 Update IV 

27 Jul 16

Five days on from my last update on the demolition of the former Birmingham Central Library, http://birminghamcentral.


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Bloomin Brum 

25 Jul 16

It’s been a few months since Birmingham won its fifth gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, http://www.


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Banking on Birmingham’s future – HSBC HQ construction update II 

22 Jul 16

On the 18 July I noted the rapid construction of the new HSBC UK headquarters at Arena Central in Birmingham.


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Brutal Birmingham End July 2016 Update III 

22 Jul 16

The demolition of the former Birmingham Central library is reaching its final stages with further progress since my last update on demolition on the 15 July, http://birminghamcentral.


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Park Central – constructing an end : July update 

19 Jul 16

It’s been over fifteen days since I last blogged about construction of the Glenn Howell’s designed housing at Park Central, http://birminghamcentral.


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Banking on Birmingham’s future – HSBC HQ construction update 

18 Jul 16

It’s been a few months since I last blogged about construction work on the new HSBC headquarters under construction in Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


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Birmingham in Pictures XXI 

17 Jul 16

Here are another selection of my photos in the Birmingham in Pictures series celebrating Birmingham through my eyes.


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Brutal Birmingham End July 2016 Update II 

15 Jul 16

It’s only been a few days since my last blog about the demolition of the former Birmingham Central Library but the remaining stump of the library is steadily coming down and opening up new views.


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Barging through shopping 

14 Jul 16

On June 15 I wrote about Birmingham’s canals as the Human Rivers of Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


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Brutal Birmingham End July 2016 Update 

8 Jul 16

It has been a few weeks since my last update on the demolition of Birmingham’s former Central Library, http://birminghamcentral.


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Study(ious) route to create a Midlands Rail Hub 

6 Jul 16

Eight years ago I wrote about Network Rail’s update to its Strategic Business Plan and long term opportunities for passenger demand in the West Midlands, http://birminghamcentral.


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Ready to jump in – University of Birmingham Sports Centre update II 

5 Jul 16

This post follows on from my previous update on the new University of Birmingham Sports Centre , http://birminghamcentral.


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Ready to jump in – University of Birmingham Sports Centre update 

4 Jul 16

On the 27 November 2014 I provided an update on the University of Birmingham’s campus redevelopments and the construction of the new sports centre.


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Park Central – constructing an end : June update II 

30 Jun 16

The construction of the last part of Park Central, the Glenn Howells designed scheme adjacent to Bristol Street and the Middleway continues to progress since my last update of the 17th June, http://birminghamcentral.


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No longer round in circles 

29 Jun 16

After the successful reopening of the Fiddle Bone pub at the end of February 2015, http://www.


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Birmingham in Pictures XX 

27 Jun 16

Here is my latest update on my series, Birmingham in Pictures, celebrating Birmingham through my perspective.


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Last Boult 

24 Jun 16

Rare footage of Sir Adrian Boult shown before final performance in namesake concert hall One of the first classical music performances to be filmed in colour will be screened ahead of the last ever concert in Birmingham’s Adrian Boult Hall this …


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A matter of form – Leviathan Birmingham 

23 Jun 16

Running from the 21 to 25 June BE Festival is a fusion of theatre, dance, circus, comedy, music, visual and performing arts.


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Birm (IN) gham 

22 Jun 16

Tomorrow is one of the most important days of our time, a referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union.


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Skating on – former ice rink gives way to new homes 

22 Jun 16

Redevelopment of the former Silver Blades ice rink site, adjacent to the Wholesale Markets and Arcadian centre, is now well underway as a second crane is to be erected at the site.


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Park Central – constructing an end : June update 

17 Jun 16

On 20 April I noted that construction had started on the last phase of Park Central, http://birminghamcentral.


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Hidden Hall – Hidden Spaces opens up Birmingham again 

16 Jun 16

This week sees the annual Hidden Spaces celebration of the lost and forgotten history of Birmingham following last years fabulous event, http://birminghamcentral.


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Human rivers – drawing a dizzy landscape through Birmingham 

15 Jun 16

Cycling, walking and running along the towpaths of Birmingham and surrounds’ many miles of canal is quite an uplifting and contrasting experience.


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Brutal Birmingham End June 2016 Update II 

13 Jun 16

Since my last update on June 3, http://birminghamcentral.


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Birmingham in Pictures XIX 

6 Jun 16

Here is another selection of my photos from my series, Birmingham in Pictures , celebrating Birmingham through my eyes.


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Brutal Birmingham End – June 2016 Update 

3 Jun 16

Since my last update on the 25 May, http://birminghamcentral.


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Simply meteoric – Moseley M&S Simply Food 

2 Jun 16

On 25th May I noted the end of a ten year wait for the redevelopment of the former Meteor Ford site in Moseley, http://birminghamcentral.


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Call all stops – City centre extension reaches New Street 

1 Jun 16

Monday 30th May saw trams running the full length of the city centre extension as they reached New Street Station after a week of training.


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No more tears – Ozzy tram for Metro extension 

26 May 16

A test run of the route on Tuesday 24th May with a figure not too dissimilar to Ozzy Osbourne to the left of the tram as it heads up Corporation Street.


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Brutal Birmingham End – May 2016 Update II 

25 May 16

Since my last blog post of the 16th May, http://birminghamcentral.


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Simply Moseley 

25 May 16

A ten year wait for the redevelopment of the former Moseley Meteor Ford site is over with work starting on the construction of a Marks Spencer food store , http://www.


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Golden academic shine 

20 May 16

On March 10th 2016 I noted the new University of Birmingham library under construction nearing completion, http://birminghamcentral.


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1001 love’s to Birmingham 

19 May 16

My last blog post was my 1000th since I first started blogging in 2008.


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Southside Street Food 

18 May 16

The Birmingham Mail has reported on plans for a permanent street food centre in Birmingham, http://www.


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Brutal Birmingham End – May 2016 Update 

16 May 16

Since my last update of the 21st May, http://birminghamcentral.


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Dancing city – IDFB 2016 

12 May 16

It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since the last International Dance Festival Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


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Credit to the baths – American Express awards grant to Moseley Road Baths 

28 Apr 16

Following my previous blog post about potential plans for saving Moseley Road Baths, http://birminghamcentral.


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Brutal Birmingham End – April 2016 update II 

21 Apr 16

Following my previous post of 7 April, http://birminghamcentral.


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Park Central – constructing an end 

20 Apr 16

Fifteen years after work started on the redevelopment of Lee Bank in 2001, one of the last parts of the redeveloped area now known as Park Central has started construction in ‘Zone 11’.


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Birmingham in Pictures XVIII 

15 Apr 16

Here are another selection of photos in my series, Birmingham in Pictures , celebrating Birmingham through my perspective.


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Out of the deep end – exploring a future for Moseley Road Baths 

14 Apr 16

The future of Moseley Road Baths looks more optimistic following the announcement that an Action Group has won the backing of Historic England, the National Trust and Prince’s Regeneration Trust to investigate fully options for restoring the Grade II…