Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley

‘Topping Out’ – Birmingham Architectural Photographer

Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley

One Centenary Way tops out at Paradise Birmingham

News from Birmingham photographer Simon Hadley.

Sunshine and snow showers accompanied the traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony on the 13th floor of One Centenary Way, a major new landmark commercial building in the heart of Birmingham.

Senior figures from parties involved in the £1.2 billion Paradise Birmingham, including Chris Taylor, Chairman of MEPC and CEO of Real Estate at the international business of Federated Hermes, Rob Groves, regional development director at MEPC, Hector McAlpine, Executive Partner of Sir Robert McAlpine and Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, were led onto the roof by a Scottish piper before they all helped to insert a final bolt into the building’s ground-breaking steel exoskeleton that gives One Centenary Way its unique look.

The steel exoskeleton also enables the building to straddle the A38 Queensway tunnel, that runs directly beneath the site and has remained open throughout the construction period, without coming into any contact with it.
Another traditional part of the ceremony is to present a tankard of ale to the site manager which was gratefully received.

I was commissioned to record every aspect of the event including the collection of hi-vis jackets and helmets on the ground floor, the VIPs travelling to the roof in the hoist (everyone else walked up 13 floors!), the speeches and the ceremony, with a few posed up press shots along the way.

For most of the event the weather was kind, before finally breaking into a full on blizzard just as the ceremony wound up (the unglazed 13th floor of an office block is not the most comfortable place to be in high winds and a snow storm).

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Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley
Birmingham Photographer| Simon Hadley