Eco-friendly Green Heart launches at University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham’s campus has been transformed, with a new 12-acre ‘Green Heart’ leading to its famous redbrick centre.

This environmentally-friendly space was officially launched with a festival weekend in June 2019. Staff, students and members of the local community enjoyed family activities and interactive events showcasing University research, followed by a Prom with fireworks.

Malene Stanley, Director of Conferencing and Marketing, said, ‘The University is always looking for ways to be innovative and sustainable, and the Green Heart is a perfect example. The impact of this beautiful space on campus has been immediate, and remarkable. It’s been a joy to see students studying on the lawns in the sunshine, and staff taking the opportunity to hold meetings outside.

‘The conferences team are looking forward to a busy summer this year that really makes the most of the great outdoors. We see many conferences choosing more informal options like street food, and wanting mindful spaces and areas to relax. In 2020, when the Teaching & Learning Building opens alongside the Green Heart, we can welcome even larger numbers to campus.’  

The wide lawns will easily accommodate marquees, stages and other event equipment to accompany the University’s Great Hall and Bramall Music Building. A stepped grass amphitheatre makes it easy to provide views for larger crowds, without requiring raked seating. Wide walkways allow easy access for set up and de-rigging, as well as information stalls and catering. Digital totems offer visitors instant directions, and the whole area is covered by the University’s free WiFi.

The Green Heart is accessible, with gently sloping walkways and even surfaces. It features energy-efficient lighting, a PaveGen pavement that powers chargers built into benches, natural drainage from clever planting, and habitats for endangered species.