Ambitious Green Heart project breaks ground

Vice Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood breaks ground, alongside Willmott Dixon Operations Director Ed Reynolds.

Today (Tuesday 12th September) marks the start of an ambitious project to transform the campus of the University of Birmingham, with a celebration of the Green Heart’s ground-breaking.

The Green Heart will provide a striking new parkland, measuring over 12 acres. The project will open up campus for students, staff and the local community enjoy. It will provide a unique space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying, while opening up views across the whole campus as envisaged in the 1920s.

The ground-breaking ceremony took place this morning, led by University Vice Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood, who placed the first spade in the ground.

He said: “This is one of the most ambitious redevelopments of the University of Birmingham’s campus in a generation. I am very proud to place the first spade into the ground here today, and look forward to watching the Green Heart come to life.”
Willmott Dixon, who are carrying out the landscaping works, were also present at the event.

Nick Gibb, Deputy Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the University of Birmingham once again, delivering the landmark Green Heart project and marking the start on site. It’s an exciting scheme linking together key developments on the campus whilst providing a green amenity area with a focus on biodiversity and sustainability. The landscaping will undoubtedly benefit the wellbeing and experience of all students, University staff and visitors.”

The Green Heart will be completed in 2019, and has incorporated a wide range of views in its design, for example:

  • 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
  • Dedicated areas for art, sculptures and the University’s collections.

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