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£30m dental hospital on old BBC studio site given go-ahead

Detailed planning permission has been granted by Birmingham City Council for a new £30m dental hospital and school of dentistry for the University of Birmingham on the former BBC Pebble Mill Site.

Calthorpe Estates is proposing the development as part of its masterplan to regenerate the site of the old BBC studios.

Pebble Mill became an iconic studio after producing programmes such as Top Gear, Gardener’s World and The Archers.

The proposed development is being led by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, along with the University of Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull LIFT, One Creative Environments and Calthorpe Estates.

The four-storey building is aimed at providing the same services currently on offer at the St Chad’s Circus site.

Councillors gave the reserved matters application their unanimous backing last month, with proposals and designs developed by One and exhibited to the public throughout 2011/12.

Completing legal documentation and concluding the business case is expected to take until early next year, with work beginning on site in spring 2013 and targeting a 2015 operational open date.

Calthorpe Estates development director Ralph Minott said: “From Calthorpe Estates’ earliest masterplan proposals for Pebble Mill back in 2003, this second major medical approval will cement our ambitions for growth and regeneration at Pebble Mill, linked to this important hub of medicine, learning and life sciences within Birmingham”.

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