Green Heart

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. 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 unique 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 travel 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.

Be sure to keep up-to-date with the project as it develops, and get involved, by following us @uobgreenheart and reading the Green Heart blog. For more details, please email greenheart@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Green Heart artist impression

The Journey 

Work is now underway to create the Green Heart at the centre of campus. The former library is being demolished following the summer exam period, and should be completely dismantled by mid-November; landscaping the parkland on the site can then begin. The first steps towards creating the Green Heart will take place over two phases which will transform University Square from August 2017 to January 2018, and then January to June 2018. North Car Park closed permanently in September. The planned schedule for the completion of the Green Heart is early 2019. All necessary planning has been taken to reduce disruption on and around campus during this transformation. Watch the journey unfold on our Green Heart webcam below and keep up-to-date on building works online.

For more information on what to expect, visit our FAQs and planned build schedule

Webcam