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2022withYou - Helping to make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham

2022 will be a very special year for Birmingham, the UK and for Community. However, much has to be done ahead of the Games and the great people of Birmingham have a key role to play.

2022withYou is a collaborative space and digital gateway for people who are keen to play a role and help make the Commonwealth Games a great success.

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2022withYou - Helping to make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham





2022 will be a very special year for Birmingham, the UK and for Community. However, much has to be done ahead of the Games and the great people of Birmingham have a key role to play.

2022withYou is a collaborative space and digital gateway for people who are keen to play a role and help make the Commonwealth Games a great success.

Take the full post for more.


Introducing BirminghamWeAre - a Community of Passion

Before we go on to explain more about the collaborative digital space created at 2022withYou.net, let us first tell you what has been achieved by our Community of Passion at BirminghamWeAre.

In 2015, BirminghamWeAre set up an account on twitter to keep the people of Birmingham updated on a new impact focused digital space and portal being built (at that time) by YourPlaceYourSpace for people who are passionate about making a difference and creating a positive impact.

In just a couple of years, the reach of, and interest in, BirminghamWeAre has grown significantly. For example, over 0.7 million impressions is now typically achieved every month by BirminghamWeAre through social media.

BirminghamWeAre.com was established as the first Community of Passion by YourPlaceYourSpace in 2017.

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BirminghamWeAre.com is a digital 'shout out' space for people to promote their passion and connect with people who share that passion. 

But most importantly BirminghamWeAre is a digital gateway through which passionate people can gain access to a suite of YourPlaceYourSpace engagement tools which they can use to create an impact and make that all important difference for themselves and others.

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FreeTimePays is all about positive social value and economic growth and achieving this by supporting the passions of individuals and community.

Already attracting a following of 100,000. YourPlaceYourSpace connected Communities of Passion will continue to grow its reach by 100% every year.

Birmingham is the first City to benefit from YourPlaceYourSpace digital technology. 

2022withYou - a space for shared passion in support of the Commonwealth Games

2022withYou is a Community of Passion dedicated to making the Commonwealth Games a success for Birmingham

BirminghamWeAre has been totally behind Birmingham's bid for the games and the engagement channel has several 'Games' related features already running and provides access to a huge gallery of Birmingham related content (including stunning photography).

However such is the commitment of BirminghamWeAre in helping to make the Games a great success for the City, we have gone one step further. 2022withYou as a domain has been registered to promote passion, support people with passion and give access to the FreeTimePays portal for collaborations and projects in support of a successful Commonwealth Games for Birmingham.

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2022withYou will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect with the Games. Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space.

This space will also provide unlimited access to the latest engagement tools for conducting surveys, polls, online group discussions and conversations

In November 2018 we launch Passion Points, a FreeTimePays form of gamification that recognises and rewards people who get involved, help make a difference and collectively create impact.

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@yourplaceyourspace.net or connect HERE with YourPlaceYourSpace for more information on sharing your passion for Birmingham and for the Commonwealth Games.

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The Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street

Despite the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, there has been a lot ot progress on the Westside Metro Extension from Centenary Square towards the Hagley Road, just beyond Five Ways in Edgbaston. Here we will look at the building of it from April 2015 to December 2020 on Broad Street with gaps from Feb to July 2020 and Nov 2020 due to the lockdowns.

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The Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street





Despite the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, there has been a lot ot progress on the Westside Metro Extension from Centenary Square towards the Hagley Road, just beyond Five Ways in Edgbaston. Here we will look at the building of it from April 2015 to December 2020 on Broad Street with gaps from Feb to July 2020 and Nov 2020 due to the lockdowns.


Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street

Most progress was done during the various lockdowns in 2020. Especially in the months where I was unable to travel to the City Centre (until I had to go back to work in July). I also missed November (2nd lockdown, until I went back to work). Didn't really get around to checking the extension out again until late December 2020.

They have started to install Brindleyplace Tram Stop. I had a walk down on Broad Street on Christmas Eve to see it.

Enjoy this photo gallery from April 2015 to December 2020. Track laying began at the end of 2019, and they made a lot of progress during 2020, while Westside was quiet.

25th April 2015.

In April 2015, early signs on Broad Street of utility works between the future site of The Bank and The Mercian.

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A lorry and van from the National Grid were on site in front of Zara's starting to move the undeground pipes and cables.

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5th April 2017.

Just under the link bridge from the Hyatt to Symphony Hall. More utility diverence works. This time by Pier (UK) Ltd.

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10th February 2018.

This view of Broad Street zoomed in from the Library of Birmingham's Secret Garden. Buses were still going up and down Broad Street at the time. This was close to Lee Longlands and Novotel.

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15th February 2018.

Views from the top deck of the X10 NXWM Platinum bus, emerging from the Five Ways Underpass near the Five Ways Complex.

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Was a lot of traffic here due to the roadworks close to Pryzm.

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Traffic was diverted around to the right, with temporary traffic lights. Welcome to the City Centre.

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It's hard to imagine Broad Street like this now, as it's been closed to traffic since 2019.

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There was even a big hole in the road near Uber, at the corner of Ryland Street.

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26th March 2018.

I was on a no 23 NXWM Platinum bus on the top deck, while the 24 was in front. Cones in the middle of the road, while more utilities were diverted near the O Bar.

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Near the end of Broad Street approaching Centenary Square, and about to go under the link bridge from Symphony Hall to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham. This view would change a lot in the follow two years.

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21st December 2019.

View from the no 24 National Express West Midlands Platinum bus from the top deck, looking towards Broad Street from Five Ways Island. Tracks had already been laid in the Five Ways underpass from Hagley Road to Broad Street.

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3rd February 2020.

The road had been dug up and was gates at certain sections, near where pedestrians could cross the road. This was near the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex towards the Five Ways Complex.

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22nd February 2020.

The footpath near Symphony Hall was closed, you had to cross through the temporary path towards the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

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Between Regency Wharf and Symphony Hall, it looked like a warzone! No road surface.

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Towards Centenary Square, you can see Library Tram Stop in the distance.

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14th July 2020.

First time back on Broad Street for about 4 months due to the first lockdown (I'd gone back to work). Tram tracks had been laid near Reflex '80s Bar (The Crown), Walkabout and towards The Brasshouse.

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25th July 2020.

Tracks going all the way past Cineworld on Broad Street, down into the underpass below Five Ways Island.

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The other side of the fence up Broad Street past the Five Ways Complex, towards The Bank, The Mercian and the Hampton by Hilton Hotel (Cumberland House).

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29th August 2020.

Near Regency Wharf and the Solomon Cutler Wetherspoon. The road surface had yet to be filled up.

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12th September 2020.

You could now walk down the middle of Broad Street. They were now doing the paving in front of the O Bar and Walkabout. As well as the paving on the Black Sabbath Bridge.

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Near the Solomon Cutler Wetherspoon at Regency Wharf. You could walk over part of the track that goes towards Five Ways.

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16th September 2020.

Now you can see the track that was installed to connect to the end of the current line at Library Tram Stop.

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From Centenary Square at Library Tram Stop, where the tracks are connected to the existing line.

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19th October 2020.

Near Brindleyplace, Free Radio and Popworld.

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The tracks and the road surface were more or less complete near the Five Ways Complex.

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25th October 2020.

My last major walk of the Westside Metro extension before the 2nd lockdown was announced. Seen here near Cineworld (which had closed down again) and Pryzm at the Five Ways Complex.

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The freshly laid road surface not far from Revolution.

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Autumn leaves on the tracks near Dil Bar Indian Restaurant.

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Paving works between Symphony Hall and the Solomon Cutler at Regency Wharf. You could walk down the tracks.

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They had already started to lay bricks on the new tracks near Centenary Square, with this view of the Library of Birmingham.

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They had made a lot of progress since my previous update of this view, looked almost finished.

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19th December 2020.

Headed to the Black Sabbath Bridge, as the Black Sabbath Bench is now back in place. Brickwork towards Walkabout and O Bar is now complete.

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Looking towards The Brasshouse and Three Brindleyplace. All it needs now is the four Broad Street Walk of Stars of the Black Sabbath members to be laid, but that would mean removing the newly laid bricks!

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24th December 2020. 

The view on Broad Street towards Five Ways. Cineworld has been closed since the middle of October. Buses have to divert down Ryland Street.

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Similar to the October view, but all the autumn leaves have long since been cleared up.

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Towards the so called Broad Street Cluster.

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There is the usual shutdown over the Christmas holidays.

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Can walk down the middle of the tracks past Novotel and Travelodge.

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First view of Brindleyplace Tram Stop near Free Radio and Popworld.

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The start of the building of the tram platforms near Brindleyplace.

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Towards the Black Sabbath Bridge with what was The Crown ('80s Reflex Bar) and The ICC.

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A lot of strong winter sunshine on Broad Street, was close to Walkabout here.

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Looking back at the Black Sabbath Bridge.

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Towards Centenary Square, the link bridge from Symphony Hall to the Hyatt.

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From just in front of Library Tram Stop, the Westside Metro extension to Five Ways starts here.

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27th December 2020.

View of Broad Street from Five Ways Island on the no 24 NXWM Platinum bus towards the so called Broad Street Cluster. Tracks below emerging from the Five Ways underpass. I expect they will build a tram stop near Cineworld sometime in 2021.

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Also check out my Hagley Road, Edgbaston post .

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

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The Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road, Edgbaston

The tail end of the Westside Metro extension is being built at Hagley Road in Edgbaston, just beyond Five Ways. It goes past the Morrisons supermarket and Starbucks Coffee and will end outside of the refurbished Fifty4 Hagley Road. As of late December 2020, they have laid the tracks but yet to build up the road or pavement surface around most of it. Photo gallery from 2017 - 2020.

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The Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road, Edgbaston





The tail end of the Westside Metro extension is being built at Hagley Road in Edgbaston, just beyond Five Ways. It goes past the Morrisons supermarket and Starbucks Coffee and will end outside of the refurbished Fifty4 Hagley Road. As of late December 2020, they have laid the tracks but yet to build up the road or pavement surface around most of it. Photo gallery from 2017 - 2020.


Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road

One day from the end of 2021 onwards, West Midlands Metro trams will emerge from the Five Ways underpass, coming from Broad Street. Then will come to the end of the extension on Hagley Road in Edgbaston, this takes it past the Morrisons supermarket, with Starbucks Coffee at the end. But will end at the tram stop that will be built outside of Fifty4 Hagley Road.

The Five Ways underpass has been closed to all traffic since 2019, and they have to go on a diversion around Five Ways Island.

Beyond the end of the line, it was proposed that Sprint would continue down Hagley Road, but not sure what has happened to that. It would take a very long time to extend the line even further (as far as Bearwood and Quinton), but that seems unlikely for now.

1st October 2017.

The view from the wide pavement outside of Tricorn House. I thought they could built the line here (at the time). View towards Morrisons and Fifty4 Hagley Road, near where the line would eventually be built in 2020.

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But they would eventually build the extension outside of Morrisons towards Starbucks Coffee.

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You can see how wide the pavement was at the time at this side of Hagley Road back in 2017. The bus stops, lampposts, etc would all have to go.

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A view towards the offices at Fifty4 Hagley Road. Just some barriers on the pavement. Trees and grass that would have to go.

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15th February 2018.

A bus ride from the top deck of the X10 NXWM Platinum bus, as it passed Morrisons and the Marriott Hotel (on the right).

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Cones in the middle of the road. Opposite was also a Pizza Hut Delivery place for take away.

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The bus leaves Hagley Road, heading down the Five Ways Underpass towards Broad Street.

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There was a digital billboard that you can see as you head under Five Ways Island.

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View from the bus in the Five Ways Underpass. A view runners of the Great Birmingham Run used to have until a few years ago. Broad Street is at the end of the white light!

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29th June 2019.

The view from the top of Hagley Road. The Five Ways Underpass to the left. It would be hard to get views of the Metro extension around the tunnel if you were on the pavement, especially with traffic going past.

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21st December 2019.

One way to see a view of the tram tracks being laid was from the top deck of a bus going around Five Ways Island. This view towards Hagley Road past The Lansdowne, early track laying progress. This was taken from the top deck of the no 24 NXWM Platinum bus. By now going on a diversion to the City Centre.

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23rd December 2019.

Saw these pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers just beyond Morrisons on the Hagley Road.

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There was also some pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers in front of Fifty4 Hagley Road. All of that grass and young trees have been removed for the extension in the year since.

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4th January 2020.

A view of the Five Ways Underpass with the tracks that had been laid. This was the view zoomed in from the window at Morrisons Cafe. This was my last photo of the extension on Hagley Road before the pandemic was declared, and we had those lockdowns and restrictions.

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31st July 2020.

With restrictions eased by the summer, I was back to work in the middle of July. On a day off I headed towards the Hagley Road on a warm day to see The Two Towers again. Was lots of cones and barriers on the right.

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There was also a lot of traffic trying to get past Fifty4 Hagley Road. As only one lane was open.

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25th October 2020.

I heard that the crossing on the Hagley Road near Starbucks was closed, so that day I went to have a drink and toastie inside of Starbucks. Then got these photos of the tracks that had been laid. A bit awkward with the fences in the way.

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Completed tracks emerging from the Five Ways underpass onto the Hagley Road, in from of Tricorn House and Cobalt Square.

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There was a bus stop in use on the left, but all other traffic had to go to the right.

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24th December 2020.

Christmas Eve, and I got off the no 1 bus on Highfield Road, and walked to Hagley Road to see the latest progress of the extension.  Starting from Fifty4 Hagley Road. This was near the old Birmingham 1 mile sign.

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Bit of a mess outside of Fifty4 Hagley Road, but there is tracks laid just up ahead.

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The tracks that have been installed in front of Barclays, towards Morrisons.

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Cross over tracks just beyond Starbucks. Bright sunshine.

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A path has been built towards Starbucks Coffee, with bricks in the middle. I'm not sure if they were open for takeaway or not.

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Tracks in the direction of Fifty4 Hagley Road, past Barclays. You can see the cross over tracks. A lot of litter needs to be picked up when they resume in January 2021.

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The tracks towards Morrisons. This was the wide pavement. Trees on the right survive next to the dry cleaning place.

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Last photo, of water logged tracks that come out of the Five Ways underpass. With traffic waiting on the Hagley Road, having just come on from Five Ways Island.

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27th December 2020.

The day after Boxing Day, I got the bus to Harborne, then caught a no 24 NXWM Platinum bus from Harborne Road, Edgbaston. Got the updated view of the tram tracks going in and out of the Five Ways underpass from Five Ways Island.

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The bus stopped at traffic lights, so was able to get a second view. The tracks heading towards Morrisons and Fifty4 Hagley Road. Seems to be concrete barriers in the middle for some reason.

dndimg alt="Hagley Rd Metro Ext" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Hagley Rd Five Ways Metro Ext 27122020 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

See also my Broad Street post.

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

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The Blue Coat School from Colmore Row to Edgbaston

Did you know that The Blue Coat School in Birmingham was founded in 1722, and was located at a site on Colmore Row on what is now St Philip's Place from 1724 until 1930 (opposite what was St Philip's Church). They moved to a site in Edgbaston near Harborne on Metchley Lane and Somerset Road. The new buildings were built in the 1930s on the site of what was Harborne Hill House.

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The Blue Coat School from Colmore Row to Edgbaston





Did you know that The Blue Coat School in Birmingham was founded in 1722, and was located at a site on Colmore Row on what is now St Philip's Place from 1724 until 1930 (opposite what was St Philip's Church). They moved to a site in Edgbaston near Harborne on Metchley Lane and Somerset Road. The new buildings were built in the 1930s on the site of what was Harborne Hill House.


The Blue Coat School

The Birmingham Blue Coat School was founded in 1722, and was originally located at a site on Colmore Row opposite St Philip's Church from 1724 until they moved to a site in Edgbaston (near Harborne) in 1930. The school was founded by Reverend William Higgs, who was a Rector of St Philip's Church (now Birmingham Cathedral). The buildings on the site today are on St Philip's Place and are offices.

In 1930 the school moved to a site on Metchley Lane and Somerset Road in Edgbaston. The new buildings were designed by Henry Walter Simister. Although some elements of the original buildings were moved to the Edgbaston site.

The schools original purpose was to educate children aged 9 to 14 from poor backgrounds. In the early years, 32 boys and 20 girls for educated, clothed and fed there.

The school was rebuilt several times during the 18th century. Mainly between 1792 and 1794. As a four storey neo-Classical building.

In 1930 the new school was planned to be built in Edgbaston, built on what was the site of Harborne Hill House. Statues of a boy and girl in uniform dating to the 1770s were moved to the new school, but placed inside. Copies were made in 1930 and placed in the main entrance porch.

Historical information above taken from The Blue Coat School - History.

 

The Blue Coat School, Colmore Row, Birmingham, watercolour painting by James Billingsley. Topographical view of Birmingham, from the Birmingham Museums Trust collection.

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Engraving of the Blue Coat School, Birmingham. One of a collection of engravings of local views contained in volume: Wilkinson Collection, Vol.ii.

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Etching - Entrance to the Blue Coat School, Birmingham by F. Gould. Topographical view of Birmingham, from the Birmingham Museums Trust collection.

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Public Domain Dedication images free to download from the Birmingham Museums Trust Digital Image Resource.

 

In February 2010, I got photos of the current building from Cathedral Square (or St Philip's Churchyard as I used to call it myself). This was the then home of the the Government Office for the West Midlands at 5 St Philip's Place. This was built in 1935-37 and was the former Prudential Assurance building. Built for the Prudential Assurance Architects' Department. The original architect was P B Chatwin. Built in the Beaux Arts classicism style in Portland stone. Additions by Temple Cox Nicholls from 2002. Information taken from Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham by Andy Foster.

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There is an old blue plaque at 5 St Philip's Place about the Blue Coat School. It stood on this site of this building from 1724 to 1930. Since removed to Edgbaston.

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Next door was Hays Recruitment at 4 St Philips Place. This was probably Provost's House. Built with a Cotswold stone front. It replaced a Rectory of 1885 by Osborn & Reading. The rest of the building was by Caroe & Partners in 1950. Rebuilt behind by Temple Cox Nicholls from 1981-82. There is a NatWest bank to the right at Temple Row.

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Got this photo in December 2010 so I knew what was in 5 St Philip's Place, which at the time was the Government Office for the West Midlands. But the Coalition Government came in May 2010, so this wouldn't last much longer.

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By April 2011 the Government Office for the West Midlands had moved out of 5 St Philip's Place.

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The plaque had been removed by this point. Today this building is occupied by Communities and Local Government.

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Time to head over to the Edgbaston / Harborne border.

In May 2018 there was a bus diversion, as Harborne Park Road in Edgbaston was closed, and I took this view of the Blue Coat School from the no 23 bus. One advantage of this site was a playing field for sport, which the old site probably didn't have (unless pupils played sport in what is now Cathedral Square?).

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The walk up Metchley Lane and Somerset Road past the Blue Coat School. Starting with the School Chapel. It was dated 1932.

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Above the door as seen from Metchley Lane ws this stone in Latin.

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AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM MCMXXXII ~ THE GLORY OF THE MAJOREM 1932

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Above the chapel is this bell tower with cross at the top.

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This was probably the Gatehouse, on Somerset Road.

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Onto the main school building built in 1930. Near Somerset Road.

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Above the middle part of the Blue Coat School was this clock tower and weather vane. Stone dates the school: AD MCMXXX ~ AD 1930.

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The weather vane on the clock tower has a cockerel sculpture on top.

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Flag of the Blue Coat School flapping in the wind.

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Pedestrian Entrance to The Blue Coat School at this gate from Somerset Road. The sign also has the schools badge. It reads: The Blue Coat School Birmingham 1722 * Grow in Grace.

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Modern 21st Century photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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From the Flame of Hope to the Countdown clock to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

On Commonwealth Day the countdown clock to the Commonwealth Games 2022 was unveiled in Birmingham's Centenary Square. I was unaware of it until I saw it on Twitter. So headed down to Centenary Square several days later. Here we will also look at the Flame of Hope which was near the Library of Birmingham site from 1999 to 2009.

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From the Flame of Hope to the Countdown clock to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games





On Commonwealth Day the countdown clock to the Commonwealth Games 2022 was unveiled in Birmingham's Centenary Square. I was unaware of it until I saw it on Twitter. So headed down to Centenary Square several days later. Here we will also look at the Flame of Hope which was near the Library of Birmingham site from 1999 to 2009.


The Flame of Hope

Seen in Centenary Square during April 2009 was The Flame of Hope. This was the first day (at the time) that I took a camera around Birmingham and that included in Centenary Square. Behind was the site of the Library of Birmingham due to open in 2013. Also there at the time was the Spirit of Enterprise fountain. Both went into storage before construction of the Library began, where they remain to this day.

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In this cropped view of the Flame of Hope towards Baskerville House. By this point the flame had been turned off for a few years.

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It looked impressive, with a globe and where the flame was once lit up at the top at the turn of the Millennium, sadly it wasn't to last.

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After this, I never saw the Flame of Hope again, as it was removed to storage before the prepatory works for the Library of Birmingham had begun.

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Countdown clock to Birmingham 2022

The countdown clock was unveiled on Commonwealth Day during March 2020. A few days later, I had free time, so travelled to Centenary Square to see it. Passing through The Mailbox, while BBC Midlands Today was on, I noticed that they were reporting at it live, so I went to have a coffee in Brindleyplace before checking it out.

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By the time I got there, BBC Birmingham was gone. This view from the back towards HSBC UK at 1 Centenary Square.

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The countdown timer is not on this side. From here you can see HSBC UK, 3 Arena Central, the Municipal Bank and The Cube. West Midlands Metro tram 27 was at Library Tram Stop.

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This side view of the countdown clock towards the Hyatt, Symphony Hall and The ICC. With tram 27 to the left.

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Now for the first view with the Library of Birmingham. At the time of my visit with 867 days to go.

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A more central view towards the Library of Birmingham. 867 days, 4 hours, 47 minutes and 00 seconds.

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Popped over to Library Tram Stop for some views with West Midlands Metro tram 27 (OLA lime green adverts). The countdown clock to Birmingham 2022 was to the right.

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Close up to the front of the tram with the countdown clock to the right. Would have gone down the path near HSBC UK but it was closed off, so headed back into Centenary Square instead.

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Heading around the Hall of Memory, got this view to the corner between The ICC and The REP.

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Got one more view from near the Hall of Memory towards the foyer works at Symphony Hall.

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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