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23 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Stars in Millennium Point's Eyes from Eastside City Park

For our last pre-Christmas post of 2020, we pop to Eastside to check out the Christmas lights at the front of Millennium Point as seen from Eastside City Park. Also at the end of New Canal Street near The Woodman pub (closed) and Curzon Street Station. Was hoping for some dry weather on the evening of the 22nd December 2020, but it was raining again. A nice display even in the rain!

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Stars in Millennium Point's Eyes from Eastside City Park





For our last pre-Christmas post of 2020, we pop to Eastside to check out the Christmas lights at the front of Millennium Point as seen from Eastside City Park. Also at the end of New Canal Street near The Woodman pub (closed) and Curzon Street Station. Was hoping for some dry weather on the evening of the 22nd December 2020, but it was raining again. A nice display even in the rain!


Millennium Point's Christmas Lights in Eastside

This will be the last pre-Christmas post of 2020. The only Christmas lights to see outside in Eastside is at the front of Millennium Point in Eastside City Park. There is no Christmas lights down Curzon Street (probably due to HS2). Just the regular lampposts. This was on the evening of the 22nd December 2020 around 5pm. Was hoping for dry weather for once (it was dry all day). But it started to rain after work in the evening, and was a bit heavy by the time I got to Eastside.

 

First view of Millennium Point with the stars all to the left, in front of Thinktank and above the Thinktank Science Garden.

This view from in front of The Woodman pub (which is sadly still closed due to being in Tier 3).

Millennium Point has put the fairy lights on the top of the building below their sign.

The stars seen to the left above the Science Garden.

From the bottom of New Canal Street between The Woodman and Curzon Street Station.

Beyond here, New Canal Street is completely closed off to traffic and pedestrians by HS2. And an area behind The Woodman has fences up. Plus the part of the park where the water jets were is behind fences. So walked back to Moor Street Queensway for the bus.

 

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

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22 Dec 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of The Mercian - December Photo Update

The concrete core of The Mercian is now complete and the main structure is fast catching up, top out at floor 42 soon! Photos in this update start on 7th November and cover up to the 19th December (above from Highgate).

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The Construction of The Mercian - December Photo Update





The concrete core of The Mercian is now complete and the main structure is fast catching up, top out at floor 42 soon! Photos in this update start on 7th November and cover up to the 19th December (above from Highgate).


7th November 2020

13th November 2020

15th November 2020

18th November 2020

19th November 2020

20th November 2020

23rd November 2020

26th November 2020

1st December 2020

Photos by Daniel Sturley

4th December 2020

Photo by Elliott Brown.

10th December 2020

10th December 2020

14th December 2020

17th December 2020

19th December 2020

Photos by Daniel Sturley

There are now nearly 1000 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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22 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Jewellery Quarter festive lights in St Paul's Square and The Golden Square

Christmas lights seen after dark seen around the Jewellery Quarter on the evening of the 17th December 2020. Mainly to see the festive lights around the Quarter as well as in St Paul's Square and The Golden Square. Was nice and dark. Although by the time he got to The Golden Square it started to rain. Never the less they looked nice. Plenty to see lit up around the Quarter.

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Jewellery Quarter festive lights in St Paul's Square and The Golden Square





Christmas lights seen after dark seen around the Jewellery Quarter on the evening of the 17th December 2020. Mainly to see the festive lights around the Quarter as well as in St Paul's Square and The Golden Square. Was nice and dark. Although by the time he got to The Golden Square it started to rain. Never the less they looked nice. Plenty to see lit up around the Quarter.


The Christmas lights in the Jewellery Quarter are always unique. As they look like jewellery (of course). More of the standard fairy lights to be found in St Paul's Square and The Golden Square. But the JQ's famous streets have their unique take on Christmas lights on lampposts.

 

St Paul's Square

This was the first time I've been able to see the Christmas tree up close in St Paul's Square after dark, as I usually walk around here in the daylight hours. St Paul's Church was just about visible with the street lights here.

The Christmas tree in St Paul's Square with a look down Ludgate Hill towards Snow Hill and the Colmore BID areas.

 

The Golden Square

Approaching The Golden Square from Warstone Lane, saw this tree covered in white fairy lights.

Jewellers on the right had this clock, that looks magical lit up after dark with it's own fairy lights!

Onto the actual Golden Square with multicoloured fairy lights above the square and on the Christmas tree.

Close up zoom in of the Christmas tree.

Zoomed out, and you can also see the lights on the ground of the square.

Next up was the Diamond Ring next to The Big Peg.

The only reflection was from the giant Diamond Ring!

One last look at the Diamond Ring and the coloured fairy lights before walking up Vyse Street to catch a train.

 

Christmas lights around the Jewellery Quarter

Fleet Street near Summer Row. With a view of the Library of Birmingham. Jewellery box.

 

Caroline Street on the walk up from St Paul's Square. Bow tie and bells.

 

This pair seen on Hall Street, just beyond Caroline Street. Christmas tree and earrings.

 

Turning onto Warstone Lane. Saw this Christmas tree.

Some more down Warstone Lane close to The Golden Square.

 

Turning onto Vyse Street as it started to rain. Pair of earrings near Newey's Jewellers.

A diamond ring on Vyse Street.

This necklace on Vyse Street opposite Jewellery Quarter Station.

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

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21 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Digbeth Custard Factory and Zellig festive lights

Every year you can see festive lights on Floodgate Street in Digbeth (although I think they are there all year round now). Plus at the Custard Factory on Gibb Street Christmas lights and Christmas trees go up every November and December. Popped into The Courtyard this year to find a bit more at Zellig. Comparisons between 2018 and 2020 mostly. In different weather conditions.

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Digbeth Custard Factory and Zellig festive lights





Every year you can see festive lights on Floodgate Street in Digbeth (although I think they are there all year round now). Plus at the Custard Factory on Gibb Street Christmas lights and Christmas trees go up every November and December. Popped into The Courtyard this year to find a bit more at Zellig. Comparisons between 2018 and 2020 mostly. In different weather conditions.


CUSTARD FACTORY AND ZELLIG

DURING THE  CHRISTMAS PERIOD

It's not just Southside, the Bullring, or the Retail area in the City Centre that gets decked out in Christmas lights and trees every November and December. Head down to Digbeth and the Custard Factory. There is lights on Floodgate Street that stretches from under the Bordesley Viaduct towards River Street. Plus the Christmas lights on Gibb Street as well as in The Courtyard at Zellig.

 

Floodgate Street

On the 15th December 2018 around 4:30pm, I was walking from Eastside (after checking out Ice Skate Birmingham at the time). Then headed towards Floodgate Street in atrocious weather. It was freezing, sleeting and raining. This was close to Little Ann Street.

The rain made interesting affects with the lights. Entrance to the Custard Factory over the River Rea bridge to the right.

 

 

On the evening of the 12th December 2020. Approaching the lights on Floodgate Street in Digbeth under the Bordesley Viaduct. This was around 4:45pm, with the entrance to the Custard Factory on the right.

The lights stretch past the Gent 48 street art on the left towards River Street. You can also see them from the bus in the evening on the Digbeth High Street, looking down Floodgate Street (just look left).

Gibb Street

On the 15th December 2018 around 4:35pm on Gibb Street at the Custard Factory. Having crossed over the River Rea bridge and under the Bordesley Viaduct, it was still really cold and wet. But my first view of the Christmas lights on Gibb Street, despite the weather.

"Oh the weather outside was frightful ...". Yes, but not festive weather, heavy rain and sleet. Christmas trees on Gibb Street outside of Besoke Framing.

More Christmas trees on Gibb Street. At the time was a giant wall painting of (the now late) Sir Sean Connery.

Heading to the end of Gibb Street near Clink. Zellig on the right. Was glad to get to the bus stop on High Street Deritend.

 

Much better weather on Gibb Street on the 12th December 2020, around 4:45pm. A lady and her daughter near the Christmas tree.

A close up look at the main Gibb Street Christmas tree near the yellow rimmed pool.

It looks so much better in dry weather. NHS blue heart on the left by Fokawolf. The Custard Factory Digbeth Reception on the right.

Another Christmas tree outside of The Old Library near the end of Gibb Street.

 

Zellig and The Courtyard

Pair of Christmas trees at the entrance to Zellig seen on the 6th December 2019 around 4:10pm. The first one near the Matrix sign.

The second one as you head into Zellig.

Was a couple more Christmas trees inside of Zellig, near the Reception and Shops sign.

 

A quick look at The Courtyard at The Custard Factory. Entrance from Gibb Street. Seen on the 12th December 2020 around 4:45pm.

The Christmas lights in The Courtyard during Blue Hour. Towards the Factory Works, NO64 and Chance & Counters.

There was a Christmas tree to the right of the giant lion sculpture.

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

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21 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Colmore BID Parklet art roadside

Back to the five Parklets again around the Colmore Business District. During December 2020, they had an artist paint the side facing the roadside. They can be found on Colmore Row and Barwick Street (Grand Hotel), two on Waterloo Street and the other one on Church Street (Hotel du Vin).

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Colmore BID Parklet art roadside





Back to the five Parklets again around the Colmore Business District. During December 2020, they had an artist paint the side facing the roadside. They can be found on Colmore Row and Barwick Street (Grand Hotel), two on Waterloo Street and the other one on Church Street (Hotel du Vin).


Click this link for the original Colmore BID Parklet post.

 

All five of the Parklets around the Colmore Business District are still there as of December 2020. And to brighten things up, they have commissioned artwork to be on all five of them. As you will see below.

 

Colmore Row

Pigeons in front of the Grand Hotel Birmingham and opposite the Pigeon Park aka Cathedral Square (home of Birmingham Cathedral aka St Philip's Cathedral).

 

Barwick Street

A mixtures of oranges, blues, greens and whites to the back of the Grand Hotel near Primitivo Bar & Eatery. To the right of Barclays Bank.

 

Church Street

In front of the Hotel du Vin. With a flowery design in yellows, blues, blacks and oranges. Also some hands / gloves.

Waterloo Street

Outside of Theatrix and opposite Victoria Square. Green leaves with some birds.

 

Outside of Christchurch House and Brook Street is this abstract art in oranges, blues, greens and whites.

 

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

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