A LANDMARK residential building for medical staff working with injured military personnel will be the next big build at the new Longbridge town centre.
St Modwen and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation have been given planning permission to start works on the new accommodation meant for workers at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, in Birmingham.
The building will have 180 en-suite bedrooms, catering and support facilities for staff based at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The aim is to give the workers a living space within easy walking distance of bus and train connections to and from their hospital. Construction is due to start later this year.
The current footpath and cycleway, which runs alongside the River Rea through Austin Park in the town centre, will continue under the existing A38 bridge to link directly to the new building.
The River Rea will also be diverted for around a year, with a new, temporary channel running just north of the existing waterway.
A Defence Infrastructure Organisation spokesperson added they were very happy to have gained planning permission to work with St Modwen on the delivery of a new, comfortable accommodation for their hardworking medical and support staff.