Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry
"This [project] demonstrates the confidence people have in the university and NHS teams in Birmingham to deliver high quality education for dental students and services for patients. The design of the building is innovative and will provide a great opportunity to integrate dental treatment, learning and research in a modern, state-of-the-art environment."Barry Cockcroft, Former Chief Dental Officer for England
The landmark development on the site of the former BBC Pebble Mill studios was developed by Birmingham and Solihull (BaS) LIFT and its private sector development and investment partner Prime plc on behalf of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC) and University of Birmingham.
The Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry is a £50m facility providing high quality dental services to a patient population of around 1.5 million people, and state-of-the-art teaching facilities for the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry.
The dental hospital replaces the city’s previous facility in St Chad’s Circus, which was more than 50 years old, had become outdated and was no longer fit-for-purpose.
The new Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry was delivered using the LIFT vehicle, which helped to deliver the project at pace and reduce the time, cost and risk of having to procure via OJEU. It is the largest single healthcare project to be procured through the NHS LIFT programme during its 10-year history.
The new dental hospital will see more than 120,000 patients annually and provides a range of services for the public including walk-in emergency dental care, restorative, oral surgery, oral medicine, orthodontics and paediatric dentistry. Patients are treated in a modern, welcoming environment with the equipment and infrastructure to match the high level of expertise and care they receive there. The dental hospital is close to major transport links, with parking also available on site.
The combined facility is regarded as highly strategic and forms a key element of the new Edgbaston Medical Quarter, further enhancing Birmingham’s reputation as a hub of Medicine, Learning and Life Sciences. It also secures the future of dental training in the West Midlands for many years to come.
Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry is an excellent example of how a complex mixed use health and education project can be delivered using the LIFT programme, to effectively improve local healthcare services while achieving both high standards of quality and value for money.
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