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News Time-lapse across the UK and Europe: spotlight on the West Midlands

14 July 2017 Daniel Curtis

WORKING across the West Midlands, we have captured everything from high-tech car manufacturing plants to a world-first roller coaster.

Some of the region’s biggest, industry-leading businesses have used our services for the purposes of site monitoring, marketing and more, for projects around Birmingham and beyond.

In certain counties, like Staffordshire, we have captured everything from house building and music concerts to transport and infrastructure improvements.

For a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke, Atkins and VolkerRail, we installed multiple camera systems to oversee part of Network Rail’s £250m Stafford Area Improvements Scheme.

The time-lapse we produced documented the removal of the Norton Bridge pinch-point – the last remaining congestion blackspot on the West Coast Main Line.

For VolkerRail independently, we have provided both long-term and short-term capture for two of their projects located in Bromsgrove and Leamington Spa.

A quick turnaround was crucial when producing a detailed time-lapse of works at Bromsgrove Station, taking place over just 12 days and promptly bringing a new platform into effect.

Elsewhere in the region, we used multiple camera systems to capture a unique residential development for Lovell at MoD Stafford.

This involved the transformation of the Beacon Barracks site into housing for hundreds of returning army personnel.

Lovell housing development at Beacon Barracks, Stafford

Capturing the Lovell housing development at MoD Stafford.

In Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire’s largest city, we have captured construction work for some of UK’s biggest contractors, such as Laing O’Rourke and VINICI Construction UK.

Also located in the county, Alton Towers is another client for which we have produced time-lapse over a number of years, working with them to capture many of the resort’s most recognisable attractions under construction.

These include:

A concert by American singer-songwriter P!nk, hosted at the resort in June 2010, also proved a memorable and unusual subject for time-lapse capture.

With a relationship that spans just under ten years, we continue to provide time-lapse and site monitoring for the theme park’s ongoing expansions – with a project currently ongoing at the resort.

Not only dealing with construction-based jobs, we have also time-lapsed demolition phases for other West Midlands-based projects, including:

  • The Enson Works in Normacot – a former factory within the Staffordshire Potteries’
  • The demolition of Sandwell College in West Bromwich.

Additional work in West Bromwich involved the capture of 25,000 images across three years for the UK’s 7th largest building society, The West Brom.

The second major development at Providence Place, we provided both time-lapse and video of the internal and external build for the new state-of-the-art HQ.

Working long-term for the regional lender, we produced two professional edits, showing interim developments and the completed construction, which stands at five stories and provides 70,000 sq ft of office space.

Aerial view over Providence Place in West Brom

Aerial view over Providence Place, home of the West Brom HQ.

For West Bromwich-based Weatherite, we documented the construction of a bio-fuel plant room, using both time-lapse and video capture during the month-long build and installation period.

This included transporting it from their facility to its final destination, at British supermarket chain Waitrose’s Chipping Sodbury location.

These are just some of the projects we have worked on, and have many more in the region in the pipeline.

The subjects that we continue to capture in the West Midlands are incredibly varied across both construction and retail, for some of the leading companies from these sectors.

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