The pioneering Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry designed by One Creative Environments Ltd (One) has scooped a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) West Midlands Award, winning the Design through Innovation category.
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.The 2017 awards were presented at a special ceremony held on 18 May at Edgbaston Cricket Club.
The project was shortlisted in three categories, Infrastructure, Community Benefit and Design through Innovation and beat stiff competition to collect 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.
One worked on the multimillion pound project with developer Prime – a Worcester based healthcare property company – for local LIFTCo Birmingham and Solihull LIFT, in partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC), the University of Birmingham and Calthorpe Estates.
Matt Tebbatt, Managing Director at One said; “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award. It was challenging on many levels, particularly as no-one had designed a similar facility for 50 years.”
Jason Whittall, Director at One said; “It’s great to get recognised for this prestigious award on our first BIM project – all the more impressive in the context that this process was started back in 2012 when most people had never heard of BIM.”
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. Built on the former site of the BBC Pebble Mill studios, the new development offers cutting-edge treatment to around 1.5 million patients, while securing the future of dental training for the wider West Midlands region.
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.