Bupa to open care home on former Pebble Mill site

A £12m Bupa care home will open on the site of the former Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham in February.

The 62-bed Pebble Mill Bupa Care Home will create around 80 jobs, including nurses, carers, activity co-ordinators and managers.

General Manager Gareth Richards said the home featured “cutting edge design whilst incorporating the facilities which would provide the standards of care for which Bupa is renowned”.

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He added: “It’s been a huge, but incredibly rewarding project. To see everything happen, from the initial design to the building itself, and to witness firsthand the thought, care and effort that has gone into making it such a striking building has been tremendously exciting. We can’t wait to welcome the first of our residents to their new home.”

The home will feature a rooftop terrace, a landscaped garden with dining area and pizza oven, a beauty salon and a multi-purpose activities room.

The building is located within a healthcare ‘community’, which includes Birmingham Dental Hospital and a Circle Private Hospital (opening 2019). It will feature 26 nursing rooms, 26 rooms for people living with dementia, and 10 residential rooms with en suite bathrooms.

Each floor in the three storey building reflect the site’s history featuring parts of a TV studio and artworks playing the Pebble Mill theme. Pebble Mill was the complex owned by the BBC and was famous for being the home of Midlands Today, BBC WM and where programmes produced included The Archers, Top Gear and Gardeners’ World. The studios closed in 2004 and were demolished in 2005.

Gareth added: “We’re very proud of the history associated with the site, and we were keen to reflect that whilst developing a thoroughly modern home in a lovely part of the city.”

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