A new Dental Hospital and a new School of Dsentistry for the University of Birmingham are to be built on the former BBC Pebble Mill site.
Birmingham City Council has given outline planning permission to the proposed development, led by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, together with its partners the University of Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull LIFT (BaS LIFT), and Calthorpe Estate.
The new facility would deliver the same range of services currently provided at the Whittall Street site but in a modern stae-of-the-art building.
The outline proposals for the Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry were shared with local residents, staff and students at three public exhibitions held in June, providing details of where the five-storey building would be located and how the site would be accessed.
Designed by healthcare design specialists, One Creative Environments Ltd, the design and development teams will now consult further with the Dental Hospital and University of Birmingham staff, students, patient groups and the local community to scope out the next stage of design.
Birmingham Community Healthcare medical director Rick Roberts said: “Birmingham Community Healthcare is committed to the continuing development of a broad range of specialist and community healthcare services for the people of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region so we are very pleased to have reached this significant stage in the development of the new Dental Hospital.
“The existing hospital has given tremendous service for nearly half a century but it is clear that we need to relocate in order to continue providing the right quality of treatment for patients and learning opportunities for students.”
Professor Philip Lumley, head of university of Birmingham School of Dentistry said: “As international leaders in research, teaching and clinical service within dentistry, the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry and Birmingham Dental Hospital welcome the opportunity to work together in developing a new and modern centre of excellence to underpin the oral and dental healthcare of the people in the city and region”
Ralph Minott, development director for Calthorpe Estates said: “The new facility at this site would further enhance Edgbaston’s growing reputation as a centre of medical and research excellence and we are talking to interested parties on the remaining plots at Pebble Mill and hope to be making further positive announcements in the near future.”