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Local employment pledge for new dental hospital and school

Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills receives signed employment charter from Simon Courtney, ops director for Galliford Try Central.

Partners involved in the construction of the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry gathered onsite at Pebble Mill to affirm their commitment to providing employment and training opportunities for local people.

Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills at Birmingham City Council met with the construction team on the site of the new building to witness the signing of an employment charter by main contractor Galliford Try.

The Charter, part of the local authority’s Building Jobs in Birmingham strategy, represents a commitment by contractor Galliford Try to create employment and training opportunities for local people within the city.

The project has already created over 700 working weeks for previously unemployed individuals and is on course to outstrip the agreed target set by the charter - 1,260 working weeks for the course of the 20-month construction.

Galliford Try operations director Simon Courtney said: “We are more than happy to pledge our commitment to the Council and our stakeholder partners to continue to maximise the employment opportunities that we can offer for all on this site, and look forward to working with everybody to ensure that the project leaves behind a positive legacy for the community.”

(left to right) Birmingham Dental Hospital clinical lead Kevin Fairbrother and associate director Kath Jakeman; University of Birmingham School of Dentistry manager Lynne Reynolds and director Prof Philip Lumley.;
The landmark development, led by Birmingham Community Healthcare, together with partners the University of Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull LIFT (Bas LIFT) and Calthorpe Estates, was granted detailed planning permission in December 2012 for the site, which is the former home of BBC Pebble Mill studios.

The development is seen as highly strategic for the city, being a key element of the new Edgbaston Medical Quarter and further enhances the city’s reputation as a hub of Medicine, Learning and Life Sciences.

The new four-storey dental hospital and school of dentistry constructed will house a range of specialist services for the public including walk-in emergency dental care, restorative, oral surgery, oral medicine, orthodontics and paediatric dentistry.

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