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Client Carillion Construction Ltd / Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Turley office Birmingham
Status Planning permission granted. Under construction
LPA Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Managing planning risk and effective engagement to generate significant support

Our role 

  • Turley secured full planning permission for the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital to be developed in Smethwick. The permission covers the construction of a state-of-the-art, 10-storey, 670 bed hospital, a fully enclosed winter garden, associated car parking and a series of public realm improvements.
  • We provided multiple services in support of the planning application including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and both public and political engagement.
  • We co-ordinated and led extensive engagement with key council officers and other statutory stakeholders to achieve overwhelming support for the project and to overcome a series of technical issues around design, flooding and highway topics.
  • An extensive public consultation process managed by our Strategic Communications team contributed to an innovative and patient-focussed design for the new hospital through nine public exhibition events.
  • Ongoing role progressing the discharge of planning conditions and regularising minor variations, to demonstrate lawful implementation.


  • Incorporating 15 operating theatres, the new hospital is expected to serve up to 200,000 patients annually.
  • Its new A&E facility will replace emergency care facilities provided at City Hospital, and Sandwell General Hospital A&E will become an Urgent Care Centre.


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