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.

The Green Heart team on the road… again

As well as attending the Selly Oak Festival this Saturday, the Green Heart team will also be making an appearance at the University’s Community Festival on Sunday 11 June! Travel around the world with the University of Birmingham and get hands-on with our research discoveries locally, nationally and globally. With more than 100 FREE events and activities all over campus for the whole family, you won’t want to miss this year’s spectacular event. There’s something for everyone this year:

FREE interactive talks, activities and live music
FREE kid’s activities including soft play area
FREE fun fair rides and circus performers
Find out about studying and working at the University
Indulge in treats from the farmers market and street food stalls

You will find the Green Heart team in the Aston Webb reception from 11:00 – 16:00. We will be giving you the opportunity to experience the Green Heart in 360 Virtual Reality before it’s even built! Be transported to 2019 with one of our VR headsets and explore the Green Heart from every angle, and take a walk through what the campus will become. Our team will also be on-hand to answer all your questions about the parkland, and you can get your hands on promotional materials including a pair of VR goggles to take home. Get a sneak peek of what to expect online now. We can’t wait to see you.

The Green Heart team on the road…

This year, the University of Birmingham are sponsoring the annual Selly Oak Festival on Saturday 10 June. Held at Selly Oak Park from 11:00 – 15:00, the Festival brings local people together from the surrounding communities, including the University, which sits alongside Selly Oak, with many of its students making this vibrant area their home. The fun packed day will boast activities for all ages including a children’s football tournament, fair ground rides, face painter, a BBQ and much more!

You can also come down and see the Green Heart team. We will be giving you the opportunity to experience the Green Heart in 360 Virtual Reality before it’s even built! Be transported to 2019 with one of our VR headsets and explore the Green Heart from every angle, and take a walk through what the campus will become. Our team will also be on-hand to answer all your questions about the parkland, and you can get your hands on promotional materials including a pair of VR goggles to take home. Get a sneak peek of what to expect online now. We can’t wait to see you.

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Free family fun this weekend

Love Museums and Culture?

Another week, and another awareness day. Today is International Museum Day and did you know that our University campus is teeming with some of Birmingham’s finest cultural attractions? All within a 15-minute walk from University Station, the campus is teeming with historical, scientific and cultural wonders; many of which are free to enter, every day of the week!

You won’t be disappointed at what you find:

  • Lapworth Museum of Geology – Transporting visitors back 4.5 billion years, the museum houses everything from dinosaurs to diamonds. The museum is also an Art Fund Museum of the Year finalist 2017!
  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts – Your very own mini National Gallery, housing one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK
  • Winterbourne House and Garden – 7 acres of tranquil botanic gardens nestled in the grounds of an Edwardian Art and Craft house
  • The Bramall – Birmingham’s most exciting new entertainment venue for music, comedy, lectures and ‘Audience With’ evenings
  • Cadbury Research Library – Feed your curiosity and come and consult 200,000 rare books and some 4 million manuscripts
  • Research and Cultural Collections – Visit our exhibitions to see some of our most unusual, inspiring and significant pieces from our collections

We look forward to seeing you and your family on campus soon. You can discover more about all we have to offer here. Don’t forget, we will also have a striking 12 acre parkland, the Green Heart, for you to enjoy from 2019!

Did you get your copy?

This week we delivered the University’s community magazine to over 40,000 households in the local area. Did you get your copy of Community Buzz through the letterbox if you live nearby? If you didn’t, don’t worry, you can download your copy of the Community Buzz Spring 2017 now!

The magazine is teeming with the latest University news, events and research and education highlights. Make sure you save the date for our up-and-coming free family activities and workshops at the Community Festival on 11 June. Plus, why not visit a Monet masterpiece at the Barber Institute, see Allan Lamb at the Bramall or discover our work on cancer research; it’s all in the magazine and much more. Our very own Green Heart project also features, discussing the consultation results and all the exciting things to look forward to in 2019.

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Download your free copy today!

How you helped to pave the way?

In December 2016 and January 2017, our Green Heart student ambassadors braved the elements in University Square to take your votes in the Paving Poll. With voting also online, the Poll closed on 27 January with over 1,500 votes from University staff and students, and the local community. Thank you to everyone who voted. Your top picks were Pumpkin Patch, Squirrel Stash, Frosty Branch, Tree Carving and Birds Nest.

The Poll was a valuable tool in shaping the Green Heart and we will be incorporating three of your top five pavings.

For the criss-cross paths within University Square the Green Heart project team have selected Birds Nest.  We also agree that it would be best to use a red slab, particularly on the central path to Old Joe as this is historically appropriate. Both red pavings, Pumpkin Patch and Tree Carving, scored highly in the Poll, but we will only use one. Finally, we have favoured granites over concrete pavings, and this was evident in your feedback with granites taking prominence in your top choices.

The final selection of paving was based on a complex series of choices which the Poll fed into. Throughout this process we have consulted experts, interest groups and landscapers regarding considerations including aesthetics, colour, appropriateness to the historic environment, life expectancy, cost and accessibility for users.

We will share these recommendations with the contractors and look forward to seeing your favourite materials transform the Green Heart over the next year.

The Green Heart team at the University Annual Meeting

As you may have spotted on our Twitter feed, the UoB Green Heart team were at the University Annual Meeting (UAM) last week. On Thursday 9 March, we set up our stall to tell our internal and external guests from across academia, business, finance, charity, health and many more sectors, all about our stunning new parkland.

Armed with our Green Heart booklets and animation (to be publicly released soon!), we talked about the benefits the parkland will bring to both the University community, and our local community. The parkland will bring over 12 acres of natural space to one of the most urban cities in the country and give everyone the opportunity to get involved.

‘… everyone seems to think that you can only improve an area if you build more…it is great to see an organisation not building something and instead investing in green space’ – UAM guest

The way in which the University contributes to the local community was the highlight of the UAM, as the Vice-Chancellor launched the University’s Economic, Social and Cultural Impact report. Did you know that almost 1 in 50 jobs in Birmingham depend on the University, or that our teaching contributes £1.34 billion to the economy? You can find out more here.

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As you can see, posing is not our forte.