University unveils plans for parkland
(18 March 2016)
The University has unveiled plans to create a parkland at the heart of its campus to benefit staff, students, visitors and the local community.
Brunswick Street, which is just off Oxford Road, running between the Williamson and Simon Buildings, will be extensively landscaped creating Brunswick Park, the largest green space on the campus. The plans include tree and wildflower planting, creation of seating areas, and pedestrian and cycle paths.
The street will remain a pedestrian and cycle route, with improved pathways providing a better connection between Oxford Road and Upper Brook Street, and forming an important gateway to the campus.
The opportunity to develop a large area of green space is thanks to the Cross City bus corridor works to Oxford Road which will see the closure of the western end of Brunswick Street to vehicles later this year, meaning the route will no longer be used by through traffic.
Brunswick Park is one of many schemes the University is undertaking to ‘green’ the campus. The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) development, which will re-invigorate this part of the University’s North Campus around the site of the Faraday building, will include a Pocket Park and a new landscaping scheme promoting biodiversity and improving access.
Work on the scheme is expected to start later this year, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.