Churchman Landscape Architects has designed a public realm project at the University of Birmingham.


Titled the Green Heart, the project covers five hectares at the centre of the university’s Edgbaston Campus.


The development involved the removal of the 1950s library building and re-establishes the focus on the 1920s clocktower.


Working with lighting specialist Spiers and Major, Churchman has created a 24/7 environment which can be used by the student community as a place of both study and relaxation.


The project provides a new setting for the various academic buildings including the original Aston Webb Buildings, Casson Conder’s Staff House, Arup Associate’s Metallurgy and Materials and Sir Philip Dowson’s Muirhead Tower.


The space is fully inclusive in terms of access and this led to the introduction of a new pedestrian bridge.


Fully wi-fi enabled, the development features energy generating paving to recharge mobile devices.


Other plans for the site include a subterranean café designed by Associated Architects.