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Evolving city: see how Brum has transformed over the years

Written by
Shaun Curnow

With Birmingham undergoing a £1 billion transformation, little wonder that many areas of the city have evolved almost beyond recognition over recent years.

In 2015 alone it's hit some impressive milestones, including the £600 million reopening on New Street station, £150 million launch of the Grand Central shopping centre, £50 million facelift for The Mailbox and £150 million opening of the Resorts World leisure complex.

To get an idea of just how much the city had changed, Travelodge has created a website as part of a new project it calls 'Evolving Cities', which allows visitors to journey between the past and the present with a simple slider device.

Birmingham is the first city to be given this treatment, with eight images of historic landmarks and notable locations available to view - including the Bull Ring, Corporation Street, Gas Street Basin, New Street, as well as places such as the Jewellery Quarter that still have a strong connection to the past.

As well as seeing how each city has developed, each scene offers nuggets of information about Birmingham's past and present, with Google Maps functionality to help you see where each landmark or area is within the city, as well as uncover hidden gems that other users have submitted.

To check out the website for yourself, visit the page here

See more pictures of Birmingham's brilliant modern architecture.

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