Plans for new dental hospital go on show

This is how Birmingham’s new dental hospital and school of dentistry could look, the Birmingham Mail has revealed.

Planning consent for the multi-million pound project, on the site of the former BBC studios in Pebble Mill Road, Edgbaston, was gained last November.

And now the public are being asked to comment on these computer generated images before final designs are submitted to the city council in early May.

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust said the four-storey facility would replace the current dental hospital in St Chads Queensway, which is now 50-years-old.

The Trust said the new hospital would be split by a central entrance and atrium, with a larger area for medical uses and a smaller section as an educational centre.

Medical director Rick Roberts said: ‘The existing hospital has given tremendous service for nearly half a century. But it is clear we need to relocate in order to continue providing the right quality of treatment for patients and learning opportunities for students.

‘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.

‘We are very pleased we have outline planning consent for the development of a new dental hospital.’

Construction of the new development could start later this year with the hospital scheduled to open in 2014.

On-site parking for staff, students and patients is being drafted into the scheme with developers keen to incorporate an extensive area of underground parking to keep the number of visible parked vehicles at a minimum.

The designs, which have been tweaked since the scheme was first proposed, are on display today at the Midland Arts Centre in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, from 2pm until 7pm.

For people who can’t attend the exhibition, questions can be emailed to [email protected]


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