Putting the bite into Edgbaston

Selly Oak Ward Committee on 22nd June saw a presentation from Prime Plc concerning the proposals for a new Dental Hospital on the Pebble Mill site. The presentation follows a consultation launched earlier in the month regarding the move.

The plans will see the Dental Hospital move from it's city centre home of 40 years to the former Pebble Mill site of the BBC in Edgbaston. The building has a number of issues such as the limit the concrete pillars inside the ten storey building place upon the way dentists work and also the age of the plumbing system and presence of asbeston limiting maintenance work and development,
Birmingham Dental Hospital in line for move to Pebble Mill.

The site has been empty since the BBC moved to the Mailbox with landowners Calthorpe submitting plans in 2009 for a science park on the site, Pebble Mill's scientific future. Outline planning permission was granted in 2003 with permission extended to include a medical facility in 2009.

Previous plans to replace the ageing hospital seven years ago were unsuccessful due to a lack of cash. The hospital treats 130,000 patients a year and is likely to see 1,000 visits to the site daily from staff, students and patients with around 400 NHS workers and 300 university staff employed. The Dental School, part of the University of Birmingham, is currently rated number 1 for Dentistry in the UK and the new facilities will add excellent facilities to the excellent reputation of the school; http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2010/jun/04/university-guide-dentistry, http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/single.htm?ipg=8727.

The images below are reproduced from the consultation at the MAC which took place on the 8th June, http://www.bhamcommunity.nhs.uk/news/new-dental-hospital/. Detailed designs have not been drawn up yet but the hospital is planned to be a five storey building on a 2.6 acre site and cover 15,000 square metres.

A planning application is due before the end of June which if planning permission is granted will see a detailed planning application before construction due to start Summer 2012, with the new Dental Hospital opening its doors in 2014.


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