The site is part of the former Battery Park site, located off the Aston Webb Boulevard in Selly Oak. In 2013 Birmingham City Council granted outline planning permission for a mixed-use development proposal on the whole Battery Park site, including a life science park. The retail and supermarket development on the southern part of the site has been delivered. BHIC will be located on the northern section of the site, which is currently vacant. A site location plan is illustrated here.
As it has been seven years since outline planning permission was granted for the site, it is right that we submit another planning application now to make sure the proposals we deliver are of the highest quality and meet all stakeholder needs and expectations as far as possible.
The West Midlands’ health and life sciences sector is thriving. It offers the open and inclusive culture, infrastructure and environment needed to deliver key elements of the Government’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. It includes the aspiration to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia by 2030.
The West Midlands has the second largest cluster of healthcare technology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. However, government investment is needed to support businesses to rapidly innovate and translate ideas from the lab to the clinic, creating new jobs and improving health outcomes for everyone. BHIC is uniquely located to support the growth of SMEs and Bruntwood SciTech is already supporting many SMEs at Innovation Birmingham in the city centre, which is due to expand over the coming years.
The West Midlands is also the third-largest medtech cluster in the UK and has the fifth-highest level of life sciences employment. More than 10,000 skilled life sciences graduates are trained in Birmingham every year – with 48% of the University of Birmingham’s graduates staying on to further their careers in the city.
BHIC will be part of the already established health innovation ecosystem in the Selly Oak area of the city. The site is uniquely located close to the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston and Medical School Campuses, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the Institute of Translational Medicine Birmingham and Birmingham Research Park.
The site is strategically located, within ten minutes of Birmingham city centre and within the heart of the UK’s road and rail network, with 90% of the population less than 4 hours away – and High Speed Rail bringing London within just 45 minutes by 2028.
The wider location plan below shows how the site is ideally located to provide easy access to the city centre and to the existing health innovation ecosystem in Selly Oak.