First bite into medical future for Pebble Mill

The Birmingham Post has reported, New dental hospital could pave way for medical park at Pebble Mill site, as plans for a new Dental Hospital on the former BBC Birmingham Pebble Mill site look set for approval shortly.

A report that went to the City Council's Planning Committee yesterday, 6 December, recommended approval for the scheme which gained outline planning consent in November 2011.  Plans were first announced in June 2011, Putting the Bite into Edgbaston, for the proposed move from the City Centre home of the Dental Hospital, the sixth incarnation since Birmingham's first dental hospital opened in 1858.
The £31 million project would see the new hospital in a building between three to five storeys in height over 14,758 sq metres and would see 450 staff on site and 670 students and would serve over 100,000 patients a year.

The proposed hours of use would be 07.30 - 20.00 Monday to Friday and 08.00 - 18.00 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Some more details for the new hospital are reproduced from the planning report below:

The building would have two main entrances, one at each end of the atrium. The first would be the pedestrian entrance set back from but facing onto the Pebble Mill site road, the second entrance into the building would be at lower ground floor level and would provide entry to the building from the car park. The pedestrian entrance to the building would be visible from the Bristol Road and would be surrounded by a large public plaza consisting of hard and soft landscaping, seating areas and planting

The car park would be operated as a pay and display service and a security gate would be locked outside opening hours for the Dental Hospital to prevent access to the car park. The service yard would just be open when deliveries were expected and 70 covered and secure cycle spaces would be provided.

The concept of the building design as two halves distinguishes between the teaching half and the treatment half of the hospital, with the two wings emphasized by the use of full height feature materials along two defined planes. The utilisation of a full height glazed central atrium would also provide a strong easily identified entrance point, with maximum natural light. The glazed atrium would allow the whole plaza to be overlooked, and walkways across the atrium would allow users within the building to see out of the building and look over the plaza and beyond.

The Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry would be the first stand alone hospital and dental school to be built in the UK since the 1970’s and would provide excellent facilities for patients, students and staff.

The new dental hospital would be one of only ten in England and the sole facility in the West Midlands and would offer state of the art facilities for the exisiting hospital and school which has a strong international reputation.

The new hospital should also help to underpin the new Life Sciences Campus, one of six economic zones in the city, which is part of a focus on attracting £1.5 billion of investment over the next three to five years.  Life Sciences currently contribute £180m to the Birmingham economy with 233 firms in the city and 1,600 people employed in the sector.

Life Sciences Campus
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston provide the focus for the clustering of activity associated with medical technologies. A Life Sciences Campus will enable these world renowned institutions to promote their reputation for medical technology and provide a basis for growth bringing high value jobs to the city. Within an overall Campus masterplan, including the recent opening of the National Institute for Health Research and launch of the new Centre for Translational Inflammation Research, we will work with partners to secure opportunities for new facilities.

The new Dental Hospital will join the new £545million Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham which has a national and international reputation for excellence and includes the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe, the largest renal transplant programme in the UK, a specialist centre for liver, heart and lung transplants, the first CRUK Cancer Centre and largest specialist Cancer Trials Unit in the UK and is home for the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.  The hospital and dental school benefit from the the University of Birmingham which is home to the second largest medical school in the country.

With approval construction could start next year with the new hospital and school of dentistry open to patients and students in 2014.

Images from the reserved matters application are reproduced below.


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