Birmingham University Green Heart

Redefining the value of outdoor learning spaces within a new landscape at the heart of an historic Red Brick university.

Honour time and technology at a Red Brick University


Use outdoor academic space in a positive way. Establish the landscape as a hub where conversations can start, where students and staff feel encouraged to meet, and where chance encounters might inspire the next great idea. Challenge accepted. Green Heart is a seedbed where technology and history gather in mutual admiration. 

Haarkon images (Churchman Thornhill Finch)
Haarkon images (Churchman Thornhill Finch)
Haarkon images (Churchman Thornhill Finch)
Haarkon images (Churchman Thornhill Finch)

Through, over and across. 

Move lightly via a three-dimensional landscape of level changes, earthworks and bridges. Delight in the new spatial geometry - between the Chamberlain Clock Tower and the Byzantine-influenced original build - that supports a wide range of student activities.


Connect outdoors. All areas are digitally enabled so external spaces are now inspired extensions of the learning environment. Generate energy as you stroll on the paving, or charge your laptop from a bench. During a storm, the garden intelligently retains water that slowly percolates back into the soil.

‘It’s more than aesthetics, we’re creating something far richer - landscapes that focus on health and wellbeing, sustainability, ecology and other multi-layered threads.’

Chris Churchman


Green Heart marks a new chapter as the campus evolves. It’s a test bed of new ideas, a contemporary and sustainable learning environment firmly held by 1900’s Red Brick. As we move onwards and upwards,Churchman Thornhill Finch will collaborate with the University on the use of green infrastructure to improve the air quality on campus.