Churchman's design for Birmingham University public realm goes to planning

A new 'green heart' for Birmingham University is going before city planners.

Churchman's design has clocktower views from green space
Churchman's design has clocktower views from green space

The Churchman Landscape Architect’s design for the 5.5-hectare public realm scheme at the centre of the University’s Edgbaston campus is developed around a multi-level movement strategy which introduces a new footbridge and ramped pathways.

The aim is to overcome historic issues of inaccessibility and poor connectivity.

The practice said that the design celebrates the 1900s axis defined by university founder Joseph Chamberlain’s clock tower.

"It provides a fitting setting for the University’s buildings including Sir Phillip Dowson’s Muirhead Tower and Arup’s Listed Metallurgy and Materials building. Conceptually the scheme seeks to promote occupation, interaction and random encounter as a means of expanding the value of the educational landscape," the firm said.

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