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Dental team celebrate double crowning glory!

RICS award for dental hospital

The team at Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry are celebrating a prestigious awards double.

The team behind the landmark Pebble Mill development won the 'design through innovation' category in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) West Midlands Awards held at Edgbaston cricket stadium.

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.

Judges said the dental hospital and school demonstrated innovation in procurement, finance and delivery involving both public and private partners.

They also praised the layout of the building, which they said had been "enhanced through clever design and colour", and noted features such as the welcoming entrance atrium, the naturally lit, open plan dental bays and world class research laboratories – as well as the excellent sustainability standards achieved.

The £50m development, opened to the public in March 2016, was also shortlisted in the ‘architecture and the built environment’ and ‘infrastructure’ categories. It was put forward for the awards by healthcare property company Prime, which developed the project for Birmingham and Solihull LIFT, in partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare, the University of Birmingham, One Creative Environments Ltd and Calthorpe Estates.

Ewan Forsyth, development director at Prime said; “We are delighted the dental hospital has won the RICS award for design through Innovation.

"It’s an amazing achievement for this landmark project for the city and forms an important part of the regeneration of the area as well as improving the quality of dental treatment for 1.5 million patients in Birmingham.”

Officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the £50m Birmingham Dental Hospital 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, it offers cutting-edge treatment and secures the future of dental training for the West Midlands.

The dental hospital and school now goes forward to the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November.

Dental student of the year Ed Newton

Crowning glory for final year student Edward

Meanwhile, final year undergraduate dental student Edward Newton has been ‘crowned’ national undergraduate dental student of the year.

Edward, from Sutton Coldfield, beat 15 other final year students each representing dental schools from around the UK to win a national clinical skills competition run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and dental equipment manufacturer Dentsply Sirona.

Edward won the right to represent the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry by winning a local qualifying heat; he then clinched an all-expenses paid four-day trip to Dentsply Sirona’s restorative forum in Konstanz, Germany when he was judged the winner after completing a series of simulated clinical challenges such as preparing a root canal, placing an implant and performing laparoscopic surgery.

The School of Dentistry, based within Birmingham Dental Hospital, delivers world class teaching, research and clinical practice in partnership between BCHC and the University of Birmingham.