The Green Heart Project

A striking new parkland in the centre of the University of Birmingham’s historic campus will be created following the completion of the new library in September 2016. Work on the Green Heart began in early 2017 and 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 space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying, 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 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 between different areas safely and with ease. Throughout the design process, the project team have also sought to create a sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly landscape; both for people and wildlife. 

Get involved

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’s collections

Read the full Green Heart Consultation Results now and take an animated tour of our new campus parkland to see how your space is taking shape; you can also explore the Green Heart in VR 360. In December 2016 and January 2017, we launched the Green Heart Paving Poll which gave you the opportunity to feed into the construction process. Thank you to everyone who voted. The results are now in.

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Find out more about the Green Heart

You can read our blog and website for more information, or if you have a question, pop to our FAQs or ask them in person at one of our Open Forums. We will also publish important developments on the need to know webpage, and you can keep up-to-date with construction timings on the build schedule webpage. Plus, don't forget to follow us on Twitter, or email us at greenheart@contacts.bham.ac.uk.