The consultation results are in!

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!

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Thank you for helping us to shape the Green Heart vision

The Green Heart’s green credentials

This Monday (20 March), Spring officially began, despite the persistent rain forecast for this week. With Spring in-mind, we explore how ‘green’ the Green Heart will be? Throughout the design process, the project team have sought to create a sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly landscape; for both 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 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. Sounds exciting!

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Flowers, flowers everywhere

UoB Green Heart project team sign on

Following extensive consultations since May 2016, the Nomad team have now signed off from the Green Heart project. The results of their consultations with staff, students and the local community, and how your ideas have shaped the Green Heart vision, will be released soon.

For the meantime, we in the UoB Green Heart project team would like to say a big hello! Our team are now responsible for posting and tweeting all the Green Heart’s exciting new milestones as we move closer to the beginning of development at the heart of the campus. We will be bringing you all the latest news and information about the project, and be giving you plenty of opportunities to get involved and continue to shape your space.

As well as this blog and the @uobgreenheart Twitter account, we also communicate on the following channels, where you can get the latest project information:

birmingham.ac.uk/greenheart

intranet.bham.ac.uk/green-heart

You can also contact us directly at greenheart@contacts.bham.ac.uk. We look forward to sharing this exciting time with you and transforming our campus for the 21st century and beyond.

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Can’t wait to work with you all!

Reporting

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We have been busy over the last few weeks compiling all the information we have gathered from our consultations with you to date.  As a result, the blog has been a tiny tad neglected.  Hopefully, everyone is enjoying the summer so much that no one has noticed.

At the moment our team are absorbed in the process of pulling all the constituent parts of the project together and writing the report that will be used to enrich and add depth to the design brief.  In the meantime, we will upload some of these results here in the next few days for you to review and add further comments and ideas if you are inspired to do so.

A  third and final outdoor pop-up workshop is also planned in the new term so keep your eye on the blog and twitter for updates.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

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