Researchers on site

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Nathan, Sara & Santini from our team will be on site on the 10th, 11th and 12th of May. They will be asking for your thoughts and ideas on the future redevelopment of the outdoor spaces on campus as part of the Green Heart Project. If you have the time, please stop by and have a chat with them. The are very friendly and you won’t be able to miss them as they will be located in our fabulous inflatable igloo at the following locations:

Tuesday 10th May

(all day) University Square

Wednesday 11th May 

11.30 am – 2 pm – Grange Road gate

3 pm – 6.30 pm – The Hub, Shackleton, The Vale

Thursday 12th May 

am – Staff House

pm – University Square

If you simply can’t spare the time then don’t worry, we will be uploading a number of stories and polls over the coming weeks and you can take part there. We are keen to get as many of your views as possible, so keep visiting the blog for opportunities to share your ideas and other news.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts,

N.

 

About

Welcome to the blog for the Green Heart project at the University of Birmingham. We are creating a striking new parkland in the centre of the University’s historic campus; transforming it for the 21st century and beyond. With work beginning in early 2017, the Green Heart will be completed in 2019.

Measuring over 12 acres, the Green Heart project will open up the centre of campus for students, staff and the local community to enjoy. It will provide a multiuse space for performances, events and markets, while opening up views across the whole campus, as envisaged in the 1920s. The space will also enhance the setting of those buildings which border the Green Heart, including the new academic Library which opened in September 2016. It will open up new pedestrian and cycle routes, allowing students, staff and visitors to the campus to move across campus with ease. There will also be areas to showcase the University’s art collections, as well as a new café and bar, and improved signage and access to information.

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Meet, Work, Play

The new space will also be a sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly landscape; both for people and wildlife. The Green Heart will bring an array of wild flowers and native plants to campus. These have been carefully selected to encourage local species, and we will be incorporating nesting sites to attract wildlife including bats, swifts and hedgehogs. As well as lush grass areas, we will plant 160 new trees, across 42 species, and protect 144 existing trees. This tapestry of colour and textures will improve air quality, provide shade and create a place of serenity. Water features will also provide a relaxing audio backdrop, be a natural source of drainage management and further attract wildlife.

We’ve also appointed lighting experts to develop zoned lighting which will incorporate timber columns and energy-saving techniques to complement the natural environment. Carefully managed systems will enable us to keep campus safe and bright, while delivering an ambient environment and minimising light pollution or waste. We have also incorporated energy generating paving which produces power when people walk across it, and rain gardens, which will accommodate all rainwater on-site, thus doing away with conventional drains.

Be part of the Green Heart journey here.

UoB Green Heart team