Circle Health Rehabilitation Hospital shortlisted for 2021 RTPI Planning Award

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David Lock Associates and our architect colleagues at Bryden Wood have been named as finalists in the category for Planning for Health and Wellbeing at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021, for our work on the Circle Health Rehabilitation Hospital at Pebble Mill in Edgbaston, Birmingham on the Calthorpe Estate.

The opening of England’s largest bespoke rehabilitation hospital in September 2020 was the culmination of 20 years of planning promotion and site planning.  The Council’s policy for the A38 Technology Corridor allowed the project team and Calthorpe Estates to develop the now nationally recognised Edgbaston Medical Quarter, a world-class medical and life sciences destination.

It has been a delight to work on the project, with excellent clients and a professional team working together to deliver an outstanding building and step change in patient care. The Circle Health Rehabilitation Hospital has created a new architectural landmark at the heart of the Edgbaston Medical Quarter. The state-of-the-art building sits on the frontage of the 26ha Pebble Mill site, the former BBC Studio, and is now home of some 46,450 sqm of world-class medical and health care occupiers, with ancillary leisure, food and beverage facilities.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.  Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

We are delighted to have been shortlisted with Bryden Wood for our contributions. It follows our previous shortlisting for Active Design with Sport England (2016), and securing the top award for plan-making in 2020 for our work with Milton Keynes Council on the MK2050 Strategic Growth Study.