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25 Jul 2022 - Elliott Brown
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Riding the West Midlands Metro in Zone 1 between Edgbaston Village and Jewellery Quarter

The Westside Metro extension between Centenary Square and Hagley Road opened on the 17th July 2022. Then there was the heatwave. Elliott got a chance to ride it on the 23rd July 2022, on an off peak day ticket in the My Metro app, for Zone 1 only. Starting from Edgbaston Village, passing Five Ways and Brindleyplace. And on towards St Paul's and Jewellery Quarter.

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Riding the West Midlands Metro in Zone 1 between Edgbaston Village and Jewellery Quarter





The Westside Metro extension between Centenary Square and Hagley Road opened on the 17th July 2022. Then there was the heatwave. Elliott got a chance to ride it on the 23rd July 2022, on an off peak day ticket in the My Metro app, for Zone 1 only. Starting from Edgbaston Village, passing Five Ways and Brindleyplace. And on towards St Paul's and Jewellery Quarter.


A trip from Edgbaston to Jewellery Quarter via the City Centre, on the 23rd July 2022, to see King Kong return, then pop to The Golden Square, and get a tram back to the Colmore Business District for another visit to the 18th floor balcony at 103 Colmore Row. And one final tram journey from Victoria Square to Brindleyplace.

On the 20th July, I'd travelled to Broad Street to get photos of my first trams in service, but left riding the tram until the Saturday.

 

Edgbaston Village Tram Stop

I got the no 1 bus from Acocks Green via Moseley, which was diverted twice, including the scheduled diversion (due to Church Road being closed as The Vale is a Birmingham 2022 athletes village). Eventually got off the bus at Calthorpe Road and walked round to Harborne Road, then up the new Edgbaston Village Walk to the newly opened tram stop on the Hagley Road. It wasn't too long to wait for the tram to arrive.

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Zone 1 is from Edgbaston Village to Jewellery Quarter. There is three other zones from Jewellery Quarter to Wolverhampton St George's.

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West Midlands Metro tram 21 arrives, heading past Morrisons, and headed to the platform I was waiting at.

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The tram was pretty empty from the first stop, another photographer got on board, but he got off at Five Ways (the next stop).

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Five Ways Tram Stop

After heading through the Five Ways underpass between Hagley Road and Broad Street, the next stop would be Five Ways Tram Stop.

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The Superfreak street art was seen from tram 21, on the wall of Atlas Intercity, and near Islington House (was formerly Zara's).

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A few days before on the 20th July 2022, I caught a no 24 bus and saw tram 22 on a test run towards Edgbaston Village, it was heading down the Five Ways underpass from Broad Street.

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Before that, I'd got my first photos of a tram arriving at Five Ways Tram Stop, that would be West Midlands Metro tram 42. They need to manually change the display, as this one still said Edgbaston Village, but was heading to Wolverhampton St George's.

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Even More Brum! Seen on Five Ways Tram Stop before I took my first tram photos on Broad Street.

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On the 15th July 2022 they were applying the vinyls a couple of days before the line opened. Got this nice shot of Five Ways Tram Stop with the Five Ways Entertainment Complex.

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Brindleyplace Tram Stop

Back to the journey on the 23rd July 2022, the next stop on Broad Street was Brindleyplace Tram Stop. Right outside of a restaurant called Qavali. Another tram went past.

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In front of the driver, was a National Express West Midlands bus, no 6104 (not sure of the route number). Heading for Edgbaston Village Tram Stop was West Midlands Metro tram 40.

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Later that day, I'd caught my third tram, this time from Town Hall Tram Stop at Victoria Square, and got off at Brindleyplace Tram Stop. Was on tram 21 again, as tram 42 was heading for Wolverhampton St George's. Note that both trams said Edgbaston Village. Those tram drivers need to manually change the  digital destination display!

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On the 20th July 2022, I headed up to the Secret Garden on  Level 7 at the Library of Birmingham to see if I could catch a tram on Broad Street. I managed to capture West Midlands Metro tram 43 heading for Edgbaston Village Tram Stop.

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By the time I left the library, I walked up Broad Street and saw tram 43 departing from Brindleyplace Tram Stop. There is still people riding e-Scooter's on Broad Street, near the trams and buses.

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Library Tram Stop

Back to the journey on the 23rd July, the tram arrived at Library Tram Stop for Centenary Square. This was when it started to get a bit busier.

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The tram went past the statue of Boulton, Watt & Murdoch, as well as the Birmingham 2022 Megastore.

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I also saw from the tram window, the Library of Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games flag pins.

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No 24 bus journey on the 20th July, as West Midlands Metro tram 39 (University of Birmingham livery near The Exchange) dpearted for Edgbaston Village (not Wolverhampton).

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Town Hall Tram Stop

On the 23rd July, my second tram trip was from Jewellery Quarter, got off at Bull Street (standing room only). Then walked up Colmore Row, to use my Key to the City for a third time at 103 Colmore Row. A 20 minute wait, before getting taken up the lift to the 18th floor balcony again. Took the opportunity to get the trams passing through Victoria Square, including tram 39 (University of Birmingham adverts) having just departed Town Hall Tram Stop.

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Not long after West Midlands Metro tram 42 (Nourished adverts) went past Victoria Square House towards Town Hall Tram Stop.

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After leaving Town Hall Tram Stop on Paradise Street, it passed Perry the Bull on it's way to Library in Centenary Square (crossing over Paradise Circus).

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Earlier, on my first tram towards St Paul's, the tram passed Victoria Square with this view to the Birmingham 2022 Fan Zone and 103 Colmore Row.

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After leaving 103 Colmore Row, I went to Town Hall Tram Stop for my third and final tram trip of the day (towards Broad Street, Brindleyplace Tram Stop).

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The Paradise Street side of the Town Hall now has Birmingham 2022 banners, as workmen got the building ready for the opening of the games.

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Tram 21 arrived, the tram I'd caught earlier that day. 103 Colmore Row, Foreign Exchange (Queen Victoria), Iron: Man and a tram. Finally!

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St Paul's Tram Stop

I ended my first tram journey on Zone 1 at St Paul's Tram Stop. I'd caught West Midlands Metro tram 21 at Edgbaston Village. It was closer here to get off and then see King Kong on Great Hampton Row. Also the tram was started to get a bit fuller than earlier stops.

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The new King Kong was a short walk away from St Paul's Tram Stop, from Constitution Hill and Great Hampton Street, to Great Hampton Row in 'King Kong Park'.

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Jewellery Quarter Tram Stop

After a quick look at King Kong, a walk towards The Golden Square, and checking out the Jewellery Quarter Festival, before a coffee stop at Costa Coffee on Frederick Street. Then a walk up Vyse Street to catch my second tram back into the City Core. Into Jewellery Quarter Station, then across to the tram stop platforms.

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On the railway side, I saw West Midlands Railway 172004 (and an unidentified Class 172 at the back) heading in the direction of Birmingham Snow Hill Station.

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My tram had arrived, West Midlands Metro tram 39. It was a bit full, so standing room only, and I got it to Bull Street. Later saw it from the 18th floor balcony at 103 Colmore Row (see further up this post for those photos).

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Birmingham 2022 seating stands at the University of Birmingham Sports Pitches

Seating stands are going up around the hockey pitches at the University of Birmingham near the Aston Webb Boulevard. For the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The view will be spectacular, with Old Joe and the Chancellors Court as a background, when shown on BBC Sport during July and August 2022. The Sports Pitches are close to Ring Road North. Photos taken on the 21st June 2022.

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Birmingham 2022 seating stands at the University of Birmingham Sports Pitches





Seating stands are going up around the hockey pitches at the University of Birmingham near the Aston Webb Boulevard. For the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The view will be spectacular, with Old Joe and the Chancellors Court as a background, when shown on BBC Sport during July and August 2022. The Sports Pitches are close to Ring Road North. Photos taken on the 21st June 2022.


The University of Birmingham is a host venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Here on the Sports Pitches will be Hockey and Squash. Temporary seating stands are being erected, here we can see the hockey pitch near Aston Webb Boulevard (Selly Oak Bypass).

 

Photos taken on the 21st June 2022.

Starting from Aston Webb Boulevard towards the Southgate on the Bristol Road at the University of Birmingham. There will be specatular views of Old Joe and the Chancellors Court from the hockey pitch. When shown on the BBC.

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These views can be seen from Ring Road North, from the level above near the stone wall perimeter. The specator stand is only on one side here.

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I did not find the squash courts, but it was probably inside of the University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness Centre. I only popped into the Costa Coffee here and saw the swimming pools.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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"Foreign Exchange" by Hew Locke: reimagined statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square

As part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, artist Hew Locke has transformed Birmingham's statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square. The artwork is called "Foreign Exchange" and has certainly opened up a range of conversations. Unveiled on 14th June 2022, it will remain in the Square until August 2022. Photos taken by Elliott and Daniel.

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"Foreign Exchange" by Hew Locke: reimagined statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square





As part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, artist Hew Locke has transformed Birmingham's statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square. The artwork is called "Foreign Exchange" and has certainly opened up a range of conversations. Unveiled on 14th June 2022, it will remain in the Square until August 2022. Photos taken by Elliott and Daniel.


Birmingham's statue of Queen Victoria was originally unveiled in 1901. Made of marble by Sir Thomas Brock. It was the idea of the founder of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, who wanted to present a statue of the Queen to the City, during her Diamond Jubilee year of 1897. It was finally unveiled 12 days before the Queen's death.

50 years later, the statue had got quite weathered, and the orb was badly damaged during VE Day in 1945.

The statue was removed in 1951, and was cast in bronze by William Bloye. This was all thanks to the Birmingham Civic Society.

More recently, the missing tip of the sceptre was recast and added in 2011, then the Birmingham Civic Society had the statue fully cleaned in 2018.

Here are some photos of the work of artist Hew Locke called "Foreign Exchange" prior to the unveiling.

Saturday 11th June

Views from the 18th floor balcony of 103 Colmore Row.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Photography by Daniel Sturley 

Sunday 12th June

By Sunday afternoon, workmen had installed a helmet on top of the original statue of Queen Victoria.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Photography by Daniel Sturley

The unveiling of the statue has certainly created a stir and opened up a conversation, as no doubt intended by the artist and those commissioning the work.

Locke’s vision behind the art is to create “an object of veneration, leading a battalion of other statues to represent the home nation throughout the Empire.”

 

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Eastside Metro extension roadworks in Digbeth: August 2021 and May 2022

Views from the bus heading out through Digbeth during August 2021, and into town via Digbeth in late May 2022. In between it wasn't worth getting photo updates when there was just holes in the road, and Midland Metro Alliance were just moving pipes. By Spring 2022, they have installed curb stones, and temporary tarmacing the southbound road surface.

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Eastside Metro extension roadworks in Digbeth: August 2021 and May 2022





Views from the bus heading out through Digbeth during August 2021, and into town via Digbeth in late May 2022. In between it wasn't worth getting photo updates when there was just holes in the road, and Midland Metro Alliance were just moving pipes. By Spring 2022, they have installed curb stones, and temporary tarmacing the southbound road surface.


The major roadworks in Digbeth from July 2021 to July 2022 by the Midland Metro Alliance. They usually work during the week, apart from on Bank Holidays or at weekends.

The southbound lanes have been closed between Digbeth Police Station and The Rainbow, while the northbound bus lane has been closed and open to all traffic. The inner northbound lane has been used for southbound traffic. There is plenty of temporary traffic lights. Entrances from Heath Mill Lane, as well as the Zellig Car Park, and others that need access.

I've been getting the bus up and down it throughout, so not always wanted to get updates, when there was just big holes in the ground. Plus they will not be laying tracks on this side.

Sometimes takes 20 minutes to get through, if there is a lot of traffic. Longer if the traffic lights fail to work.

 

August 2021

On Monday 16th August 2021, the southbound lanes was closed by the Midland Metro Alliance, and they moved the southbound traffic into one of the former northbound lanes, close to Birmingham Coach Station. The northbound bus lane was open to all traffic.

Views from the top deck of the no 6 bus with National Express West Midlands Electric. Sitting at the time near the front, on the left, second window seat back.

Passing Digbeth Police Station. The first day that the traffic heading out of Digbeth would be diverted south onto one of the northbound lanes.

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Fancy Fabrics on the left. Early stages of the road being dug up.

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Passing the Custard Factory and Zellig.

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Custard Factory / Zellig and then the Clean Kilo.

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Passing the Clean Kilo, followed by The Old Crown. Heath Mill Lane would remain open to traffic into 2022.

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The Old Crown, early stages of the road surface being dug up.

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May 2022

Saturday 28th May 2022, views from the top deck of the no 6 bus, National Express West Midlands Electric heading into the City Centre via Digbeth. Window seat on the right at the front.

Midland Metro Alliance have started to tarmac the southbound road surface at long last. It will only be temporary, as it needs to be in place for the Commonwealth Games.

Near The Rainbow.

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New paving outside of The Old Crown. They recently discovered a long lost hole, though to be a coal entrance, it's now been covered over.

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On the right is the Custard Factory, Kilo Zero and The Old Crown. 

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At long last a tarmaced road surface. View towards Birmingham Coach Station, not far from the Custard Factory.

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They will resume the work on Monday morning. This view not far from the coach station.

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On the right is the Big Bulls Head. Side roads such as Milk Street have been closed to traffic.

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Next up is The Kerryman. The pavement has been quite narrow while they widen it, you can see the new curb stones here.

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This bit near the BCU Steam House (being demolished). View towards St Martin's Church and Digbeth Police Station. The eventual Metro line will come from HS2 via Meriden Street.

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Photography by 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.

 

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5679b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

5th December 2021

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Mercian%20Bank%2005122021%20(1).jpg" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

6th December 2021

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5807b_MERC_002.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

24th December 2021

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31st December 2021

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Mercian%20Digbeth%20skyline%2031122021%20(2).jpg" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

5th January 2022

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_8288b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

9th January 2022

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Blue%20sky%20Mercian%2009012022%20(1).jpg" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

15th January 2022

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dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_9068b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

19th January 2022

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Five%20Ways%20Tram%20Stop%2019012022.jpg" />Photography by Elliott Brown.

 

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

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_2155b_MERC_002.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

23rd February 2022

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_2367b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

27th February 2022

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_2974b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

6th March 2022

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_3288b_MERC.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

19th March 2022

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_3760b_MERC_002.jpg" />Photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

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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dndimg alt="The Mercian" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/The Square Five Ways 30042022 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

 

14th May 2022 

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dndimg alt="The Mercian" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Georges Park TM 14052022.JPG" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

 

21st May 2022

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dndimg alt="Mercian" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/UoB Library Mercian SO 21052022 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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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