Green Heart Open Forums

This year, progress surrounding the Green Heart will rapidly advance with the completion of University Square, and work on the former library site taking shape. We are hosting Open Forums throughout 2018 to give staff and students the opportunity to find out more.

Hosted across the Edgbaston campus, the sessions will give you the opportunity to discover more about the project’s development from chief architects, Churchman Landscape Architects, key contractors, Willmott Dixon and the University’s project team. Each Forum will also conclude with Q&As from the audience, giving you the chance to ask the questions most important to you. The first Forum will be held on:

  • Friday 9 March
  • Arts Building Lecture Room 6 (R16)
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • Refreshments provided

Keep an eye on our webpage for all up and coming Open Forums.

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What do you want to know about your new parkland?

Open Doors 2018

Every year, major construction sites across the country offer the unique chance for the public to go behind the scenes and discover how these structures are changing our landscapes and communities. Open Doors 2018 takes place from Monday 19 – Saturday 24 March 2018 and one of the University’s key contractors, Willmott Dixon, will be opening three sites on campus to students, staff and the local community: the Green Heart, Park Grange Data Centre and the conversion of the old gymnasium.

On 22 and 23 March you have the opportunity to book onto a free tour where you will get to see the beginning of the Green Heart’s second phase of works, Park Grange Data Centre’s external works and engineering fit out and the erecting of the steel-frame and cladding of the old gymnasium. So whether you’re a budding engineer, live in the local area or just interested in finding out what’s going on across campus, make sure you join us.

Places are limited, so book your spot today. Registration ends on 23 February.

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Get a sneak peek behind the scenes on our construction sites

A tree-umph on campus

On 28 November, the Green Heart Project team held a ceremony to celebrate the first of 160 new trees arriving on campus. To ensure that the parkland is in keeping with the campus’ more established greenery, trees of different growth rates, from semi-mature to mature, were selected to be planted. Therefore, University Square now has a new selection of trees between 5-7 metres to compliment the scenery.

Aside from 160 new trees, and protecting 144 existing trees, the Green Heart will bring an array of wild flowers and lush grass areas 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. Water features will also provide a relaxing audio backdrop, be a natural source of drainage management and further attract wildlife. All this means that the Green Heart will be a serene area for both wildlife and people.

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What a tree-tastic event!

Restoring the University Crests

You may have noticed that a key feature at the heart of our historic campus is slowly being removed. Namely, the University Crests, which sit above the entrance of the former library. But, never fear, they will be back!

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Off to the restorers 

On 26 June, scaffolding was erected on the front facade of the former library to enable the continued demolition of the site. They are also being used to enable specialists to remove the University Crests. They are currently being safely packed to be sent to expert restorers who will return the Crests to their former glory. They will then be incorporated back at the ‘heart’ of campus in the Green Heart in 2019. If you watch our animation, you’ll spot them at the end of the video.

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The Crests will be back in 2019 as part of the Green Heart

Did you know… the original University coat of arms was designed in 1900 and its symbols, a double headed lion and a mermaid holding a mirror and comb, are an echo of the institution’s predecessor coat of arms, Mason College. The shields at the top of the former library were chiseled directly into the stone on the building during its construction in 1958.

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Chiseling away in 1958

Have you found our bears yet?

If you go down to University of Birmingham’s campus this summer, you’re in for a bear-illiant surprise!

This summer the University of Birmingham is delighted to be supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, in collaboration with Wild in Art, to host The Big Sleuth. We are sponsoring three bear sculptures to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

On 10 July, three paw-some bears arrived on campus, but have you found them yet? Use your bear-y good detective skills by following our interactive trail to complete your mission and become a super-sleuth. We even have a watchful bear overseeing the creation of the Green Heart throughout the summer! As well as a trail, we will be hosting an array of family events to keep little cubs entertained this holiday and lots of Twitter competitions! All our events are free, so why not come and discover all the University has to offer including some of Birmingham’s finest cultural assets.

Head to our website now and follow our bears on Twitter @beekind_thebear, @buzz_thebear and @rosie_the_bear.

The Big Sleuth at UoB

If you go down to University of Birmingham’s campus this summer, you’re in for a bear-illiant surprise!

This summer the University of Birmingham is delighted to be supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, in collaboration with Wild in Art, to host The Big Sleuth. We are sponsoring three bear sculptures to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

From 10 July – 17 September, three paw-some bears will be hidden across our campus, but will you be able to find them? Use your bear-y good detective skills by following our interactive trail to complete your mission and become a super-sleuth. We even have a watchful bear overseeing the creation of the Green Heart throughout the summer! As well as an interactive trail, we will be hosting an array of family events to keep little cubs entertained this holiday! All our events are free, so why not come and discover all the University has to offer including some of Birmingham’s finest cultural assets.

Head to our website now to get ready!

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Come and find me this summer at UoB

Experience the Green Heart in 360

Last weekend the Green Heart team were out on the road at the Selly Oak Festival and the University of Birmingham Community Festival, spreading the word about the Green Heart transformation taking place on campus. We gave people the opportunity to be transported to 2019 with one of our VR headsets and explore the Green Heart from every angle. Among the ‘wows’ and gasps as the VR appeared before people’s eyes, we answered questions about the development and took more ideas on board.

Didn’t get the chance to see us? You can experience the Green Heart at home in 360 now! We’ve captured key areas of the Green Heart in 360 to allow you to explore your new space all the way from Old Joe, across to the Library and Arts Building, and up to the North Gate. Head to our website for the full experience. VR headsets are compatible with the images as well.