Birmingham’s Edgbaston Medical Quarter (EMQ) has received ‘the green light’ to improve the mix and medical facilities at Pebble Mill, the site of the former BBC Studios.
The application, submitted by investor and developer, Calthorpe Estates, has been granted for outline planning permission to transform Building 4 at Pebble Mill into a 9,000 m2 ‘world-class healthcare facility’, rather than the original 5,000 m2 ‘vision’ first approved back in 2014.
The proposed building will be positioned between Circle Health’s new private hospital and rehabilitation centre and the Birmingham NHS Dental Hospital. While for over 30 years, Pebble Mill was home to the BBC’s Pebble Mill Studios, the area is now being transformed into a 27-acre medical development to include l hospitals, healthcare centres, and the ‘cutting edge’ medical facilities.
Bupa Care Homes’ 62-room care centre and the Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry have already opened on the Pebble Mill site. Work has started on Circle Health’s new 19,000 m2 private hospital and rehabilitation centre, due to open next Spring. Once completed, Pebble Mill will offer over 50,000 m2 of medical and healthcare facilities, plus new food and beverage space and community access sporting amenities.
Ralph Minott, director of development for Calthorpe Estates, said: “Pebble Mill’s regeneration has been guided around excellence and the creation of jobs since the launch of the original masterplan in 2003, post-the BBC. Calthorpe Estates has the capacity within this expanded proposal to now attract world-leading specialists and pioneering medical offers to Edgbaston Medical Quarter at Building 4. We have received strong interest from potential occupiers for purpose-built, open plan medical facilities, which has driven our view that our proposals can offer more in this location.”
Currently within EMQ there are over 180 medical organisations, 80 hospitals and specialist care centres, and 44 GP clinics and routine care facilities, along with 23 training facilities.