Plans have been unveiled to move Birmingham’s ageing dental hospital to the former Pebble Mill BBC studios site in a £31 million scheme.
The five-storey development would house the hospital and the school of dentistry.
The hospital’s present site, at Whittall Street in the city centre, dates back to the 1960s and is said to limit the way dentists can work because of the number of concrete pillars inside the ten-storey building.
There is also a constant need to treat the water at the current premises to prevent Legionnaire’s disease due to the age of the plumbing system. And the presence of asbestos limits maintenance work and development.
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Birmingham are behind the scheme, along with Calthorpe Estates and Birmingham and the Solihull LIFT development group.
A spokeswoman for the dental project said: “The design for the building has not yet been formulated.
“But it would be developed in close consultation with the city planning team, representatives from the community, patient groups, dental hospital staff and students and Calthorpe Estates.
“The construction costs are around £31million.”
The development is part of Calthorpe Estates’ masterplan to regenerate the Pebble Mill site in Edgbaston.
Outline planning permission was granted for a science park in 2003 and the agreement was extended to include a medical facility in 2009.
The dental hospital employs around 400 NHS workers and 300 university staff and treats roughly 130,000 patients a year.
Residents and patients can see a preview of the plans at the Midlands Art Centre (MAC) in Cannon Hill Park from 2pm to 8pm on June 8.
Detailed designs have not yet been drawn up for the hospital, which will be built on a 2.6 acre site and cover 14,000 square metres.
Previous plans to replace the dental hospital ground to a halt due to lack of cash seven years ago.