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5 Transport Hubs Archtrove Finds In Birmingham

Birmingham is the second-largest city in England and located in the West Midlands region. Although it has multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse. It’s also home to a network of canals. However, nowadays, people travel to Birmingham in different ways.


Birmingham Airport is an international airport flying to numerous destinations. It is located on the outskirts and serves the whole of the midlands, international.


Grand Central is a shopping centre located above New Street railway station. Although the station has been around for a while, it has recently been revamped.



Birmingham Coach Station is a major coach interchange in Digbeth



Birmingham Curzon Street railway station is the planned High Speed 2 terminus station in the city centre of Birmingham. It was once a former railway station.



Birmingham Moor Street is one of three main railway stations in the city centre of Birmingham, England.


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Archtrove Travels To Hidden Birmingham – the gems of the city

Like with all cities, Birmingham has hidden areas that are not obvious but are just as beautiful and just as much a must to visit when visiting Birmingham. These define what is Birmingham and are truly hidden gems.

1. Jeweller Quarter

Historically, the heart of the jewellery industry, hence its name, now an up and coming area with numerous independent shops. Hidden within walking distance of the centre of Birmingham, it is fast becoming the hot spot for young people. However, jewellery is still very much at the heart of it.

2. Custard Factory

The Custard Factory is an independent shopping destination and creative and digital business workspace location in Digbeth. Located on the site of what was the Bird’s Custard factory in the industrial district of Digbeth, it is now home to a thriving working community of creative & digital businesses, independent shops and cafes and bars. They include hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses.

3. Gas Street Basin

Gas Street Basin is a canal basin in the centre of Birmingham, where the Worcester and Birmingham Canal meets the BCN Main Line. It is also situated near high-end restaurants, shops and bars. Nestled between, are new development flats and luxury apartments.

4. Bourneville

Bournville is a model village on the south side of Birmingham best known for its connections with the Cadbury family and chocolate. Full of a chocolate box housing and is designed as a cute quaint village atmosphere.

5. Sutton Coldfield

The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, lies 7 miles from the centre of Birmingham. It is an affluent suburban town with millionaire mansions and a sought after area in terms of housing. As a result, it has redeveloped the town and now includes a multitude of independent shops and cafes. One of its main features is its large park and ample green spaces.

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Archtrove Travels To The Mailbox – Brum Goes High End

The Mailbox is an upmarket shopping and office development in the city centre of Birmingham, England. It serves as the base for BBC Birmingham and houses one of six Harvey Nichols department stores.

What Need to Know About ….. The Mailbox, Birmingham

  • The Mailbox is about 300 metres long from front to back including The Cube. Above the front shops, it has an additional 6 floors which include a Malmaison hotel, residential apartments, restaurants and bars.
  •  The structure consisted of a steel frame on a 40-foot (12 m) square grid with lightweight pre-cast concrete floor slabs and reinforced concrete retaining walls and subfloors. The exterior was clad with cast glass troughs and exposed aggregate panels.
  •  The exterior consisted mainly of the glass slabs and projecting air handling units with recessed windows.
  • On 30 May 2013, Milligan Retail announced that the Mailbox would undergo a major renovation, designed by Sterling Prize winners Stanton Williams, which would see a roof installed over the shopping complex’s atrium.
  • The anchor store, Harvey Nichols, would double in size to over 45,000 sq. ft. It was also announced that Brockton Capital and Milligan would work in coordination with Birmingham City Council to improve the public area reaching from the underpass beneath Suffolk Street Queensway to the front of Mailbox.
  • Previously the location of a railway goods yard with canal wharves off the Worcester and Birmingham Canal leading to Gas Street Basin, the site was the location of the Royal Mail’s main sorting office building for Birmingham.
  • When completed, it was the largest mechanised letters and parcels sorting office in the country with a floor area of 81,000 m2 and the largest building in Birmingham.

Location of The Mailbox

Mailbox is conveniently located in Birmingham city centre, whichever your method of travel. The main shopping and business districts such as New Street, High Street, Corporation Street, Grand Central, Brindleyplace, Bullring and Colmore Row are all less than a 10-minute walk away.

There are also three major train stations within a 10-minute walk, including New Street, the largest station in the city.

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Grand Central Station, Birmingham

Grand Central Station, is a train station and shopping centre located in Birmingham. It opened in 2015 as a much-needed redevelopment of the previously dilapidated train station. The original centre was built in 1971 and known as The Pallasades. The centre has been redesigned with a glass atrium roof as the centrepiece and is home to numerous shops and restaurants, with the main store being John Lewis.

What Need to Know About ….. Grand Central Central, Birmingham

  • By reshaping Birmingham’s existing 1960s station, it increased its capacity to 52 million passengers per year.
  • The undulating stainless-steel cladding added around the old station is based on the distorted shapes seen from moving trains.
  • Warped reflections of the train tracks and surrounding plaza are created by building’s curving form and reflective cladding.
  • Large “eye-shaped” screens have been integrated into the facade to mark the four main entrances.
  • Inside, the station is split over two levels, with the station on the ground floor and retail on both. The lower floor
  • The new vaulted roof sits on the columns of the original station building to enclose a public concourse and two tiers of shopping, including an AZPML-designed John Lewis department store with a glazed facade.

Location of Grand Central Station 

Grand Central is located in the heart of Birmingham city centre directly above Birmingham New Street Station. If travelling by Car on the M6, take exit at Junction 6 and then follow the A38 into Birmingham City Centre, you will see signs for Grand Central.

Purpose of Grand Central Station

Located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, making it place to not only eat, drink, travel and shop but a common meeting place.

Gallery for Grand Central Station

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Beyond Birmingham Suburbs – The Buildings You Need To Check Out!

Birmingham Suburbs hold some worthwhile pieces of Architecture. It is most definitely worth venturing out and checking out some of these.

1. Cadburys Factory

Cadbury World is a visitor attraction, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour, created and run by the Cadbury chocolate company. It houses a manufacturing site, and has expanded and developed its content through ‘continuous improvement’.It gives visitors the opportunity to explore and discover chocolate’s history, and to learn about the origins and story of the Cadbury business.

2. Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, is a cricket ground in Edgbaston. It hosts a wide range of cricket matches. Edgbaston has also hosted the T20 domestic finals day more than any other cricket ground. The cricket ground also has a variety of conference and banqueting halls available for a variety of events.

3. Sarehole Mill

Sarehole Mill is a Grade II listed water mill on the River Cole in Hall Green, Birmingham, England. It is now run as a museum by the Birmingham Museums Trust. It is known for its association with J. R. R. Tolkien and is one of only two working water mills in Birmingham.

4. Birmingham University

The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston. The main campus of the university occupies a site some 3 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre, in Edgbaston. It is arranged around Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower. Chamberlain may be considered the founder of Birmingham University and was largely responsible for the university gaining its Royal Charter in 1900 and for the development of the Edgbaston campus. The university’s Great Hall is located in the domed Aston Webb Building. The initial 25-acre site was given to the university in 1900 by Lord Calthorpe.

5. Perrott’s Folly

Perrott’s Folly, also known The Observatory, is a 29-metre tall tower, built in 1758. It is a Grade II* listed building in Edgbaston. Built in the open Rotton Park by John Perrott in 1758, who lived in Belbroughton, the tower now stands high above the local residential and business housing.

6. MAC Birmingham

The Midlands Arts Centre, is a non-profit arts centre situated in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. It was established in 1962 and is registered as an educational charity which hosts plays, concerts and films shows, and holds art exhibitions, music classes, and workshops for all ages.

7. Birmingham LG Arena

The Genting Arena is a multipurpose indoor arena located at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) near Birmingham. It has a capacity of 16,000 seats. The venue was built as the seventh hall of the NEC complex.

8. Resorts World

Set within a shopping mall overlooking Pendigo Lake, this contemporary hotel is a minute’s walk from the Genting International Casino and an 11-minute walk from Birmingham International train station.

9. Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a 15 acres botanical garden situated in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. They are located a mile and a half from Birmingham city centre. It is an independent educational charity.

10. Moxhull Hall

Moxhull Hall is a truly special place. This lovely Victorian mansion, set in 8 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens is the perfect venue for hosting weddings and a unique place for conferences, restaurant dining or overnight stays. Privately owned, the place is alive with warmth, hospitality and individual style. Original grandeur alongside modern, contemporary design gives Moxhull Hall a personality all of its own.