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Green shoots: what’s new on campus

At Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre, you won’t only get a warm welcome, professional service, and a peaceful night’s sleep. You’ll also benefit from staying in a quiet spot on the vibrant, historic campus of a Top 100 World university.

The University of Birmingham has always been a pioneer. Founded in 1900 by Sir Joseph Chamberlain, it was the UK’s first civic university, welcoming students regardless of background or religion, including women. It’s now home to 28.000 students from all over the world.

Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is only one of the exciting new developments taking place on campus.

Last year saw the opening of the multi-million Sport & Fitness centre, featuring the city’s only 50m swimming pool and fitness suites – available to hotel guests, to help you unwind at the end of a busy day or get inspired to start the next.

This year, work is underway to transform the centre of campus into the Green Heart. This ambitious project makes the most of the university’s spectacular parkland setting, by opening up a central area once cluttered with buildings and car parking.

Once complete, the area will comprise an outdoor auditorium, a new dining experience, outdoor study spaces with power sockets, and a fully-accessible route from Pritchatts Road towards the historic red-brick of Aston Webb.

 

The Green Heart will feature a host of innovative, creative green solutions: energy-generating paving which harnesses the impact of people walking across it to generate power; super-absorbent plants in rain gardens to provide natural drainage; energy-saving zoned lighting solutions.

160 new trees will be planted, complementing 144 existing trees. A host of wild flowers and native plants will bring colour and attract hedgehogs, swifts and bats to purpose-built nesting sites. The result will be an eco-friendly place of natural calm

It’s a big undertaking, and will take time. But already it’s clear how transformative it will be. The relaxed feel of the old University Square, now dotted with trees and benches, is beginning to return already, and will be open in a matter of weeks.

These are only part of the university’s £600m redevelopment plan. Developments are enhancing life for students with new accommodation and a new library, and for locals with Community Living projects, a dental hospital and secondary school. Investment in research allows the university’s academics and visitors to continue a long history of achievement and discovery.

And, of course, the university continues its responsibility to protect the collections and buildings in its care – and to make them accessible to all, in the spirit of Chamberlain’s original vision. That’s why a stay here can also include a visit to a stunning art gallery packed with Old Masters and modern greats, a world-class geological museum, and a beautifully-preserved Edwardian house and botanic garden. They’re all just a stroll away.

Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is part of something larger, and we’re proud of that. We open in September 2018. Come and see for yourself.

 

 

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