Work has begun on a new accommodation facility for military medics in Longbridge.
The residential facility, on the site of the old Bournville College Construction College, will provide accommodation for medical specialists who treat military patients at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
With 180 en-suite bedrooms, catering and support facilities, the building is expected to be ready for use by summer 2017.
Located at the heart of St. Modwen’s £1 billion Longbridge community, residents will benefit from a host of local amenities on the doorstep as well as excellent transport links to the hospital in Edgbaston and Birmingham city centre.
Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Project Manager, Sinead McGoldrick said: “DIO supports service personnel by providing a fit-for-purpose estate and accommodation so we’re happy to be undertaking this project with St Modwen. The new accommodation will be of the high quality our dedicated military medical staff deserve.”
St Modwen development director, Mike Murray said: “It is a testament to the success of Longbridge that the DIO has chosen to locate its accommodation here and invest in the area and it is exciting to see construction underway on the new facility. We very much look forward to welcoming staff to the vibrant community at Longbridge, whilst equally adding to the increasingly diverse offering we have here.”
Surgeon Vice Admiral Alasdair Walker, the MOD’s Surgeon General, said: “The construction of this building is a significant step in improving accommodation facilities for staff at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. It will provide a focal point that will develop and maintain a sense of belonging and teamwork in support of the essential medical work they undertake every day.”
As part of the build, St Modwen is also creating foot and cycle connections between the new building and Longbridge Town Centre, by extending the existing path – which runs alongside the River Rea through Austin Park and under the A38 bridge – to the facility.
Mike Murray said: “With improvements to footpath and cycle links being brought forward as part of the development, we are also creating a greener, cleaner environment not just for the future occupants, but everyone at Longbridge.”
Vice Admiral Walker added:“We are planning to choose a building name that is both a fitting tribute to those who have gone before and that recognises personnel from all three services working together as one team.”