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A Brutalist building reborn as university library refurbished by Associated Architects

Birmingham-based Associated Architects has been praised by conservation experts after completing the first phase of refurbishment at the Edward Boyle Library at the University of Leeds. The practice has been singled out for its ‘deep understanding’ of the building’s special character, attention to detail and appreciation of the original 1975 design concepts throughout the library’s […]

Birmingham charity ChaplaincyPlus offers workshop to tackle taboo topic of bereavement

Birmingham charity ChaplaincyPlus is helping city businesses and staff approach a taboo topic that affects one in ten people within the workplace at any time. ChaplaincyPlus, a Christian organisation which supports the Birmingham business community – irrespective of faith – is running a free ‘Understanding Bereavement In The Workplace’ workshop at PWC, Cornwall St, on […]

#VoteNicklin: Birmingham photography exhibition shortlisted for national award

The popular Birmingham city centre #NicklinUnseen outdoor photography exhibition has been shortlisted for a national award with the public getting chance to pick the winner. Colmore Business Improvement District’s (Colmore BID) #NicklinUnseen exhibition, which displayed the work of Birmingham photographer and lecturer Phyllis Nicklin on large-format boards in Snow Hill Square, has been recognised by British […]

Birmingham International Marathon: More than 4,000 sign up in just two weeks

The Midlands is buzzing with running mania after organisers of the Birmingham International Marathon revealed more than 4,000 people have already signed up for next year’s inaugural event, just two weeks after entries were opened. The marathon takes place on Sunday, October 15, 2017 – the same day as the Great Birmingham Run half marathon […]

Designs unveiled for new-look Snow Hill Square Birmingham

Stunning new designs have been released to show how one of Birmingham’s busiest open spaces could look as part of a phased £10 million improvement project for the Snow Hill area of Colmore Business District. Snow Hill Square will be completely redesigned in a £3.3m scheme to provide an attractive and welcoming gateway to the […]

Counting down to Solihull town centre’s biggest celebration of food and drink

The biggest ever celebration of food and drink to take place in Solihull town centre is just weeks away. With 24 food and drink stalls providing live cooking and tastes and aromas from around the world, Mell Square will become foodie central for the sixth annual BIG Taste food and beer festival on Friday, September […]

Associated Architects’ stunning university library opens to visitors

The University of Birmingham’s new £44 million Main Library has opened its doors to visitors. The striking building, designed by Mailbox-based Associated Architects, is described as heralding a new generation of libraries in UK higher education. It opened its doors at the University’s Edgbaston Campus on Monday, September 19. The milestone building will provide state-of-the-art […]

Great Birmingham Run 2016 less than four weeks away!

Running shoes at the ready… the Great Birmingham Run is now just four weeks away! The countdown to the UK’s second largest half marathon has officially begun with organisers revealing more than 15,000 people have now signed up to take part this year, an increase on previous years. Entries are still open for this year’s […]

House of Fraser manager Parminder: There’s a buzz around Birmingham right now

The buzz around Birmingham is at the same heightened level as when the new-look Bullring opened, according to House of Fraser Store Manager Parminder Sahota, a born-and-bred Brummie who has experienced first-hand the Second City’s renaissance. Parminder is currently overseeing exciting developments at his store on Corporation Street – featuring super-brands like Michael Kors and Armani […]

More than 300 now signed up for Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge

More than 300 runners have now signed up to take part in the Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge on Sunday, October 16. The Great Birmingham Run half marathon is one of the biggest events in the city’s sports calendar with 20,000 runners hitting the streets. The event’s Business Challenge pits company teams against each other […]