This Wednesday (21 June), we are celebrating the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year when the UK will get to bask in 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight… and I mean bask! In March we published a blog post about the beginning of Spring, during which we were in the midst of what seemed to be a monsoon, but this week, we are experiencing a sizzling heatwave; far more apt to begin the start of summer.
As summer kicks-in, our natural environment begins to blossom and is transformed into a tapestry of colour and textures. At the University, it also marks of departure of our students and the end of the academic year. As agreed at the beginning of the Green Heart construction scheduling, all major demolition and construction work would take place outside of term time to limit disturbance to our students. Therefore, you may have noticed lots more activity around the former library? This is because we are now taking down two buildings that comprise the structure. From July, we will also be landscaping the first part of University Square. During this time, there will be noticeable noise on campus and temporary footpaths will be created. But, this will enable us to ensure that in summer 2019, the Green Heart can blossom with the rest of campus!
We will keep you up-to-date with all the works taking place this summer across our channels, and with information boards in University Square, so make sure you stay in touch:
Visit the Green Heart website.
Find detailed information about build developments, important milestones, FAQs and much more on the Intranet.
Follow us on Twitter.
Email us at email@example.com.
A new beginning
North Car Park Closure
Following degree congregations, North Car Park will permanently close after Thursday 13 July. This will enable us to progress plans to create 12 acres of stunning parkland at the centre of campus. The Green Heart will create a unique space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying for students, staff and the local community when completed in 2019.
Car parking spaces will return to pre-closure capacity over the next 6 months, with long-term plans to reinstate a new multi-storey car park. In the interim we advise parking in the North East multi-storey, Pritchatts Road car park and Pritchatts Park Village. For further information on alternative parking sites head to the car park website.
Need more Information?
Car park website
0121 414 2623
Don’t get caught out, find a new car park spot today
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.
‘Can’t wait to bring a picnic’
‘Wow… What a great use of space’
‘It will be an oasis in the city’
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!
Roary our Allosaurus at the Lapworth
Family fun at Winterbourne
Stunning fine art at the Barber Institute
Did you know that May is National Walking Month? Steered by the Living Streets organisation, National Walking Month aims to get us all walking outdoors; whether that’s to work or school, on a city trail or in your local community. Since 1929, Living Streets have not only been encouraging us to walk, but also campaigning for safer roads and pavements, and tackling congestion and pollution.
The University of Birmingham campus stretches across 672 acres. That is a lot of walking space. You can walk and discover our campus on one of our blue plaque or sculpture trails, or explore 7 acres of tranquil botanical gardens at Winterbourne House and Garden. We are also home to some of Birmingham’s finest cultural assets including the Lapworth Museum of Geology and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and they are all within walking distance of one another on the Edgbaston campus.
When the Green Heart arrives in 2019, it will bring over 12 acres of new parkland to campus. There will be an increased number of new and improved walkways and cycle paths that will benefit from zoned lighting, to make walking safer, and new directional and information signage. The new walkways will even help the environment, as they will generate energy as people walk on them!
Improved signage, walkways, lighting and technology
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.
Download your free copy today!
From May 2016, the University undertook extensive public consultations in collaboration with Nomad RDC Ltd. These were undertaken to thoroughly understand the needs of our staff, students and local community to make sure that the new space is centred around you. Thank you to everyone who gave their views and ideas. Your suggestions have now been explored and incorporated into the Green Heart. Here are just some of the ways your ideas have shaped the vision:
- A range of wild flowers and native plants, 160 new trees, water features and nesting sites
- Space for markets, performances and events, including a grass auditorium and outdoor cinema
- A new café and bar
- Energy saving technologies, zoned lighting and energy generating paving
- Improved signage and access to information
- Dedicated areas for art, sculptures and the University Collections
Read the full Green Heart Consultation Results now!
Thank you for helping us to shape the Green Heart vision