BaS LIFT project scoops award for Design Through Innovation

Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry at Pebble Mill was presented with the Design through Innovation Award at this year’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) West Midlands Awards, held on 18 May 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Club.

The largest single healthcare project to be procured through the LIFT programme in its 10-year history, the project was shortlisted in three categories and beat stiff competition to scoop the Design through Innovation prize. The Design through Innovation award honours schemes which use outstanding creativity and innovative design to enhance a project across a wide range of criteria.

The RICS judges said the Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry was a landmark facility which provided both modern dental training and cutting edge treatment to the public and demonstrated innovation in procurement, finance and delivery involving both public and private partners.

The judges applauded the functionality and layout of the building, which has been enhanced through clever design and colour – noting features such as the welcoming entrance atrium, the naturally lit, open plan dental bays and the world class research laboratories – as well as the excellent sustainability standards achieved.

Ewan Forsyth, Development Director at BaS LIFT said; “We are delighted to have won the RICS award for this landmark project in Birmingham. Patients visiting the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry are now treated in a modern, welcoming environment with the equipment and infrastructure to match the high level of expertise and care they receive there. We couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved with the development, and the RICS award is definitely the icing on the cake.”

Opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the £50m Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry is the first integrated dental hospital and school to be built in the UK for 40 years and was developed by BaS LIFT and its private sector development partner, Prime, in partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC), the University of Birmingham and Calthorpe Estates.

Built on the former site of the BBC Pebble Mill studios, the landmark facility secures the future of dental training in the region and offers cutting-edge treatment to a patient population of around 1.5 million.

Every year, the RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property and construction, celebrating the achievements of professionals working in both the built and natural environment.

Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry will now go forward to represent the West Midlands in the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017, competing against other projects from across the UK.