Work started on a new £50m Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry in October 2013. The hospital and school, at Pebble Mill, just a mile from the central campus, is the first integrated, stand-alone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years
The landmark development by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, the University of Birmingham and Birmingham, Solihull LIFT (BaS LIFT) and Calthorpe Estates, was granted detailed planning permission in December 2012 for the site, which is the former home of BBC Pebble Mill studios.
The development is seen as highly strategic for the city, being a key element of the new Edgbaston Medical Quarter and further enhances the city’s reputation as a hub of Medicine, Learning and Life Sciences.
The four-storey dental hospital and school of dentistry will by the new home for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences’ School of Dentistry, and will also house a range of services for the public including walk-in emergency dental care, Restorative, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry.
All dental services accessed by the public will be in one wing of the building with a second wing providing world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment for more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees.
The building will open to staff, students and the public in time for the beginning of the 2015 autumn term and will replace the existing dental hospital and school at St Chad’s Circus in the city centre which is more than 50 years old. Students will be better located for the main Edgbaston campus and medical school, allowing for improved integration of facilities.