University of Birmingham’s Green Heart campus project completes

The Green Heart campus project at the University of Birmingham, for which Currie & Brown provided cost management services, has been completed.

Located on the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus, the project involved the demolition of the former campus library and the restoration of the historic walkway between North Gate and Chancellor’s Court.

The 12 acres of parkland, with its auditorium and café, provide space for markets, performances and events. The space features wifi coverage, digital information totems and a Pavegen walkway, which will generate data and off-grid electricity for USB charging points in benches on the site. A bar is scheduled to open later this year.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood, said: “The work of the last 15 months has been extraordinary. With some 160 trees planted as part of this project, the Green Heart is now home to more than 300 trees. This is a good example of our ambition to create a space that will become a thriving hub of biodiversity, provide flexible outdoor spaces for students, staff and the community and a sustainable heart to this Edgbaston campus.

“Looking ahead, the Green Heart will play host to many different activities in the years to come. I am particularly looking forward to seeing the amphitheatre in use at the Green Heart Festival this summer, when the Green Heart will be in full bloom.”

Jason Scott, associate director at Currie & Brown, commented: “We are delighted with the result of this project and look forward to seeing the area being used by students for many years to come.”


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