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28 Oct 2020 - Elliott Brown
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West Midlands Railway 196 101 and 104 at Tyseley TMD

There is now at least two new Class 196 trains based at Tyseley TMD, the home of West Midlands Railway Birmingham Tyseley. WMR 196 104 was visible on the sidings close to Tyseley Station, while 196 101 was sticking out of the modern engine shed. More will be arriving in the next year or so.

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West Midlands Railway 196 101 and 104 at Tyseley TMD





There is now at least two new Class 196 trains based at Tyseley TMD, the home of West Midlands Railway Birmingham Tyseley. WMR 196 104 was visible on the sidings close to Tyseley Station, while 196 101 was sticking out of the modern engine shed. More will be arriving in the next year or so.


I noticed from the no 4 bus last week that you could see a Class 196 train from West Midlands Railway in Tyseley, as I was heading down to Acocks Green. So a few days later, I walked up from Acocks Green Village to see if I could spot them. There was two of them. Hard to see the numbers with your eyes, but got them from the photos. It started raining just after I got them, before I caught the no 4 bus to Solihull.

West Midlands Railway 196 101

This train was visible from near the entrance of the Tyseley Locomotive Works, and also near the entrance of West Midlands Railway Birmingham Tyseley (through the fences).

West Midlands Railway 196 104

This train could be seen from the Wharfdale Road Bridge near Tyseley Station. You could also see it from the Warwick Road. If you are lucky, you might see it from a train in passing (if it's still there of course).

If not getting a train to or from Tyseley Station, you can get the no 4 or 4A buses here on the Warwick Road. Also in walking distance of Acocks Green Village.

 

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

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Squares and public spaces
28 Oct 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Dayus Square a little known gem in the Jewellery Quarter

Most people would be aware of St Paul's Square and The Golden Square in the Jewellery Quarter. But there is one more little known square in the area called Dayus Square. Developed in 2011 to 2012 from what was previously called Albion Square. Named after a late local author Kathleen Dayus, who wrote about the area in her books. The Old Fire Station and The George & Dragon are here.

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Dayus Square a little known gem in the Jewellery Quarter





Most people would be aware of St Paul's Square and The Golden Square in the Jewellery Quarter. But there is one more little known square in the area called Dayus Square. Developed in 2011 to 2012 from what was previously called Albion Square. Named after a late local author Kathleen Dayus, who wrote about the area in her books. The Old Fire Station and The George & Dragon are here.


DAYUS SQUARE

There is a square in the Jewellery Quarter that is little known. Located at the junction of Legge Lane, Albion Street and Carver Street. It was formerly called Albion Square. It was redeveloped between 2011 and 2012, reopening as Dayus Square in the Spring of 2012. Named after the late local author Kathleen Dayus (born in 1903, she died in January 2003 a few days short of her 100th birthday).

Notable buildings located at Dayus Square include a pub formerly called The George & Dragon (later renamed The Pig & Tail after it was restored). There is also The Old Fire Station Children's Nursery.

 

Back in December 2012, Elliott took a series of photos around Dayus Square after hearing in the news about it. Despite going around the Jewellery Quarter many times over the years with his camera, he only popped back to this area in January 2018, when The George & Dragon reopened as The Pig & Tail. He's not been back to Dayus Square since.

 

The Dayus Square sculpture unveiled in 2012, was sculpted by Peter Walker. It contains extracts from Kathleen Dayus's book "The Girl from Hockley".

General view below of Dayus Square, with The Old Fire Station on the left. At the time the white building on the right was occupied by One 2 One. But the use of it has changed over the years. In 2019 it was Ultra Hair Clinic.

Below was the Dayus Square road sign.

To the other corner with The Old Fire Station on the right. Modern offices on the left. The Orb at 15A Albion Street. The sculpted book quote is on that side.

Then the general view from the square of The Old Fire Station.

Panoramic of the two photos as it was at the end of 2012. Still looks like this now.

THE OLD FIRE STATION CHILDREN'S NURSERY

These buildings are on the corner of Albion Street and Legge Lane.

First up is 62-65 Albion Street (not actually in Dayus Square but adding for completion). A Grade II listed building. Built in 1833. The architect was W Tadman Foulkes. Jewellery Quarter works built of red brick in Italianate style with hints of Queen Anne revival. In 2012 it was occupied by Saunders and Shepherd Ltd. It was the Albion Street Works. In 2019 the building was up for sale.

The Old Fire Station starts from here from James House at 66 Albion Street.

But The Old Fire Station was listed from 67, 68 and 69 Albion Street. A Grade II listed building, now a Children's Nursery. It was built as the Corporation Fire Station from 1909 to 1910. The architect was T G Price. It combines the Edwardian Wrenaissance with Birmingham Arts and Crafts. Built of red brick with stone detailing.

Panoramic of the last two photos on Albion Street.

The former fire engine doors. Now with children's toys inside.

The Birmingham Forward coat of arms.

The corner view of The Old Fire Station at Albion Street and Legge Lane.

 

THE GEORGE & DRAGON / THE PIG & TAIL

Seen under scaffolding at the end of 2012 was The George & Dragon pub. Now called The Pig & Tail, this pub is at the corner of Carver Street and Albion Street, with Pope Street. The George & Dragon is a Grade II listed building. It dates as far back as perhaps 1820, with a rebuild of around 1860 to 1870. There was a one storey extension of 1922 by local Birmingham pub building legends James and Lister Lea. It was quite derelict when Dayus Square was redeveloped.

The George & Dragon was restored in 2016 and reopened as The Pig & Tail. Seen below in January 2018. It was originally a Mitchells & Butlers pub, it also inspired the novels of the late Kathleen Dayus.

It would be nice on future Jewellery Quarter walks, to perhaps pass through here again, if I can head in the general direction, as I'm always ending up at St Paul's Square, then heading back into the City Core. The last JQ walk took me along the pop up cycle lane down Graham Street towards Newhall Street.

Whether the Council had plans for a Kathleen Dayus heritage trail or not I'm not sure. And plans may have changed when the Con-Dem Coalition went out of power to the current Labour council. Or maybe one of the local Jewellery Quarter groups would do one.

 

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

 

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Food & drink
26 Oct 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Parklets around the Colmore Business District

In these troubling times, the Colmore BID with Cofton Nursery have installed Parklets outside of various bars and restaurants, so that people can eat and drink outside, but sticking to the current restrictions. Households are not allowed to mix inside and there is the Rule of Six and the 10pm curfew to think about. They are on Colmore Row, Waterloo Street, Church Street and Barwick Street.

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Parklets around the Colmore Business District





In these troubling times, the Colmore BID with Cofton Nursery have installed Parklets outside of various bars and restaurants, so that people can eat and drink outside, but sticking to the current restrictions. Households are not allowed to mix inside and there is the Rule of Six and the 10pm curfew to think about. They are on Colmore Row, Waterloo Street, Church Street and Barwick Street.


These Parklets were out and about around the Colmore BID from late August until at least early October 2020. I'm not sure if they are still there now, what with the weather getting colder. They were located on Colmore Row, Waterloo Street, Church Street and Barwick Street (that I found of them).

 

COLMORE ROW

Located on Colmore Row in front of the Grand Hotel and opposite Birmingham Cathedral. It was outside of the Liquor Store, Crockett & Jones and 200 Degrees Coffee. Seen on the 29th September 2020.

BARWICK STREET

To the back of the Grand Hotel on Barwick Street was this Parklet. It was on a car parking spot outside of Primitivo Bar & Eatery. Also close to Barclays Bank. You can approach it from Livery Street. Seen on the 9th October 2020.

CHURCH STREET

This Parklet was located on Church Street outside of the Hotel du Vin & Bistro. It was opposite Urban Coffee and Home Cafe Deli. Seen on the 18th September 2020.

WATERLOO STREET

The first Parklet to be installed on Waterloo Street was close to Victoria Square and outside of Christchurch House near Purecraft Bar & Kitchen. Also opposite Adam's Restaurant. Seen on the 22nd August 2020.

 

The second Parklet on Waterloo Street was located outside of Theatrix at 130 Colmore Row, close to Victoria Square. Seen on the 29th September 2020.

 

There might be a sixth Parklet somewhere in the Colmore BID, but I've not seen or found it yet. So I apologise in advance.

 

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

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Art; Culture & creativity
26 Oct 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Star Wars cosplay and costumes at the November 2016 MCM Birmingham Comic Con at The NEC

I've only been to MCM Birmingham Comic Con once at The NEC. This was back in November 2016. Many Star Wars fans turning up in costume. Stormtroopers, some with lightsabers etc. Plus was stationary displays about the convention hall. While I never got around to booking a ticket again for the later conventions at The NEC, it sounds like all the 2020 cons are cancelled. 2021 cons?

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Star Wars cosplay and costumes at the November 2016 MCM Birmingham Comic Con at The NEC





I've only been to MCM Birmingham Comic Con once at The NEC. This was back in November 2016. Many Star Wars fans turning up in costume. Stormtroopers, some with lightsabers etc. Plus was stationary displays about the convention hall. While I never got around to booking a ticket again for the later conventions at The NEC, it sounds like all the 2020 cons are cancelled. 2021 cons?


STAR WARS AT THE NEC

I attended the MCM BIRMINGHAM COMIC CON on Sunday 20th November 2016 on a General Admission ticket. It was in Hall 5. But you had to queue up in Hall 1, to get checked in, get your ticket scanned, and get your hand stamped.

 

On the way in saw all of these Stormtroopers from Star Wars in the queue in Hall 1. They were probably members of the 501st Legion.

They liked to pose with their blasters.

Later spotted them again in Hall 5.

Later saw a parade of Stormtroopers heading out of Hall 5.

 

A Clone Trooper.

 

At least one lady as a Jedi, and two Sith lords. Plus the lady in the middle as Padmé Amidala.

 

A Jedi Knight and a Rebel X-Wing pilot, near the Emperor.

 

The back of: Rey, a Stormtrooper and Kylo Ren from the Sequel Trilogy era.

 

Not sure about this cosplayer below, but probably a Sith lord with two lightsabers. With a Spider-Man style mask.

 

Another Stormtrooper (below), but just a statue.

 

The Emperor and an Imperial Officer.

 

A rebel pilot costume. Near the Rebel Legion stand.

 

At static display with Stormtroopers standing either side of Luke Skywalker's landspeeder. Probably on Tattooine.

One dead Stormtrooper lying in the sand.

Watto from The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.

 

STAR WARS is © Lucasfilm Ltd and Disney.

 

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

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26 Oct 2020 - Stephen Giles
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THE TRIANGLE: HUGE REDEVELOPMENT FOR SELLY OAK

'The Triangle' in Selly Oak will transform a neglected former Sainsbury's site into a lively new student & community-driven development.

Three new blocks will be erected, delivering 1187 units, student communal facilities, ground floor commercial & publicly accessible community floorspace. Exciting stuff!

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THE TRIANGLE: HUGE REDEVELOPMENT FOR SELLY OAK





'The Triangle' in Selly Oak will transform a neglected former Sainsbury's site into a lively new student & community-driven development.

Three new blocks will be erected, delivering 1187 units, student communal facilities, ground floor commercial & publicly accessible community floorspace. Exciting stuff!


The site is bordered by Chapel Lane, Harborne Lane and Bristol Road in Selly Oak – otherwise known as the former Sainsbury's site, which has sat derelict since November 2018.

Once demolished, the site will be subdivided into three new brick blocks, with heights varying between 4 to 12 storeys tall, separated by landscaped courtyard space.

TWO PHASES

Phase 1 will deliver 635 units in Block A along with community space, flexible unit(s), student amenity and courtyard spaces.

Phase 2 will then complete the remaining 552 student bedrooms and facilities.

Accommodation will typically be arranged into cluster, studios, standard & premium en-suites.

These builds have been devised to respond to their near neighbours, with each emphasising a stepped-up approach in height across all blocks. Taller builds will be strategically placed at key corners.

Materiality and facade works remain unswerving throughout - as the below renderings will show.

SHARED PUBLIC & PRIVATE STUDENT AMENITIES

Shared amenity spaces will be available at ground floor level - located within Blocks A & B, with A also featuring a communal terrace on the 5th floor and a possible water feature within the courtyard.

The site will offer a wide-ranging mix of private and a semi-public realm with outdoor amenity for students. A public area of accessible open space will also be allocated for community use - aptly created around the retained 'Selly Oak' tree.

Other facilities include a gym, cycle hub, cafe, canteen, lobby, FM room, games room, laundry, and spacious study areas.

A total of 45 accessible wheelchair accommodation will be combined across all blocks.

THE BLOCKS:

BLOCK A

BLOCK B

View down the internal street between Blocks A & B:

View of the arrival off Chapel Lane:

BLOCK C

CAR FREE AFFAIR, BUT PLENTY OF CYCLES!

The inclusion of a cycle hub will provide safe long-stay & short-stay storage areas - with long-stay containing 235 cycles in Block A, and 61 in Block C - totaling 296 bicycle spaces. Short-stay provision site-wide is expected to provide 30 more.

The Triangle will predominately be a car-free affair, other than ‘drop-offs’ and ‘pick-ups’ for taxis and students at the beginning and end of terms; 27 short-stay spaces will be offered, along with 4 permanent blue badge disabled spaces. 

The project is to be managed by Hines' student operator ‘Aparto’.

BEFORE & AFTERS

PROJECT TEAM:
DEVELOPER: HPH Selly Oak Property Ltd (Hines & Henderson Park JV)
ARCHITECTS: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris/ & Bradley Murphy Design
STUDENT OPERATOR: Aparto 
CIVIL & STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Price & Myers
MEP ENGINEERING: Cundall
PROJECT MANAGER: Avison Young Second London Wall
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Turner and Townsend
PCSA CONTRACTOR: Bowmer + Kirkland

Words by Stephen Giles, with artists' impressions from AHMMBradley Murphy Design.

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