Plans for a £7 million Ronald McDonald House for parents and relatives of young patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital have finally been submitted to planners.
The first image of the six-storey building shows its frontage onto St Chad’s Queensway but the accommodation, which will boast 60 bedrooms, will retain a secluded entrance off St Mary’s Row.
Last week dozens of families bid a farewell to Edward House, the existing “home from home”. Relatives were moved to the Thistle Hotel nearby.
Bulldozers are set to raze the original 33-bedroom building to make way for the purpose-built home, which critics have claimed will afford little more than “well equipped accommodation” to relatives who spend weeks and months away from home while their children are at the hospital.
Each floor of the new RMH will have 10 en-suite bedrooms plus communal living, dining, cooking areas and a play area.
There will also be extra family areas which can be used by both resident and non-resident families, giving parents of day case and short stay patients somewhere to take a break too. Charity bosses have also promised £500,000 annual funding to cover running costs for 30 years.
Anne Roberts, head of operations and development at Ronald McDonald House Charities, said: “We hope to start work by November.”