Landscaping the Green Heart

The first steps towards creating the Green Heart that will transform the centre of campus began in July. We are working closely with contractors to minimise disruption on campus.

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The demolition of the former library will be completed the weekend of the 24 November. Landscaping will then begin on this site behind the current hoardings including the start of the excavation of the Green Heart amphitheatre. Prior to the completion of demolition, the University Crests were successfully removed from the building, and are now 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 new parkland. Temporary footpaths and ramps are now installed following the erection of hoardings in the section of University Square closest to the Arts Building. From 13 November, the concrete bases for the new paths in this area are being laid and paving will then start. Landscaping the east side of the Sqaure will be completed in January 2018. Protection has been erected around the Square’s trees so they are not damaged during this time and we will bring the first of the 160 new trees to campus at the end of November.

Our commitment to staff and students is to ensure we provide timely and accurate information about what those changes are, and what alternative routes are best to take around campus; including disabled access. This will be done in a variety of ways, including signage on campus, Twitter, blog posts and this webpage; all will be regularly updated.

Phase 1: August 2017 – January 2018

The section of University Square closest to the Arts Building and the former library will be cordoned off and temporary hoardings erected from late August for landscaping, with completion due in January 2018. Demolition of the former library will also take place during this time and will be completed in mid-November. Generally speaking, demolition work will be carried out between 08:00 and 17:00 on weekdays, however there is a chance that some work may take place on weekends. We are aware that there will be disruption to those on campus during this demolition; which will be unavoidable. We thank you for your patience and support during this period. Temporary pathways and ramps will be provided where appropriate and disabled access will be maintained.

The image below demonstrates the area that will be cordoned off from late August.

Green Heart landscaping Aug 17 - Jan 18

The shaded areas will be cordoned off, and the red lines demonstrate where temporary access will be provided.

The cordon will be removed in January 2018.

Phase 2: January – June 2018

Phase two will see the other side of University Square cordoned off in order for landscaping to take place in this section. Temporary pathways and ramps will be provided where appropriate and disabled access will be maintained.

Green Heart landscaping Jan - Jun 18

The shaded areas will be cordoned off, and the red line demonstrates where temporary access will be provided.

The cordon will be removed in June 2018.

Accessibility during construction

Accessibility around University Square, the new Library and the former library site will be maintained throughout the works with the installation of temporary ramp systems. All routes will be clearly signposted. This will ensure that everyone can navigate the new routes easily and safely. We are also working with colleagues with specific accessibility needs to guarantee that they are prepared for the changes.  

If you have any specific requirements or concerns around accessibility due to disability or visual impairment, please email the Green Heart team at greenheart@contacts.bham.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

Who can I contact?

If you want to get in touch with us with any questions or concerns that you may have, please contact us on Twitter or email us at greenheart@contacts.bham.ac.uk.