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As reported by Djay & Erebus.

Application number
C/04198/08/FUL
Date application received
04/08/2008
Date application registered
04/08/2008
Status
Under Consultation
Location
St Mary's Row, Edward House, Birmingham, B4 6NY
Proposal
Erection of a 60 bed parental accommodation building on site of Edward House
Consultation details
Consultations Help
Start date
04/08/2008
End date
03/09/2008


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Plans submitted for new 'home from home' at Children's Hospital

Aug 6 2008 By Emma Brady, Health Correspondent

Plans for a £7 million Ronald McDonald House for parents and relatives of young patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital have finally been submitted to planners.

The first image of the six-storey building shows its frontage onto St Chad’s Queensway but the accommodation, which will boast 60 bedrooms, will retain a secluded entrance off St Mary’s Row.

Last week dozens of families bid a farewell to Edward House, the existing “home from home”. Relatives were moved to the Thistle Hotel nearby.

Bulldozers are set to raze the original 33-bedroom building to make way for the purpose-built home, which critics have claimed will afford little more than “well equipped accommodation” to relatives who spend weeks and months away from home while their children are at the hospital.
Each floor of the new RMH will have 10 en-suite bedrooms plus communal living, dining, cooking areas and a play area.

There will also be extra family areas which can be used by both resident and non-resident families, giving parents of day case and short stay patients somewhere to take a break too. Charity bosses have also promised £500,000 annual funding to cover running costs for 30 years.

Anne Roberts, head of operations and development at Ronald McDonald House Charities, said: “We hope to start work by November.”
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-health-news/2008/08/06/plans-submitted-for-new-home-from-home-at-children-s-hospital-65233-21480094/

Final call for Edward House retreat

Jul 28 2008 By Emma Brady, Health Correspondent

It was never going to be an easy day as Edward House closed its doors for the last time.

The life-size teddy bears and clowns looked as forlorn as the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents who bid staff an emotional farewell as they moved into make-shift accommodation at the Thistle Hotel.

Each “goodbye goodie bag”, containing soft drinks and sweets, was accompanied with a conciliatory cuddle.

The 33-bedroom family centre, which supported relatives of young patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, is to be bulldozed next month to make way for a £7 million, six storey Ronald McDonald Charities House, which will have at least 60 rooms.

But one by one families moved out, including one which travelled from Malta for their son’s third heart operation, with their temporary worlds packed up into boxes and bulging suitcases.

Frederick Pourrut, of Santa Venera, in Malta, was visiting his five-year-old son Benjamin who was born with a transposed aorta and pulmonary artery in his heart, which means he has problems breathing and eating.

The 36-year-old tourism officer said: “Ben was initially treated at Great Ormond Street when his condition was first diagnosed after birth, but we were brought up to Birmingham because the surgery he needed is so specialised, and with all that going on the people at Edward House could not have been more supportive.

“I don’t suppose we’ll get a 4pm tea and chat at the Thistle, let alone all this support, which is nice when you’ve had a bad day and just want to off-load all your worries.

“But it’s not just that, it gives everyone a chance to chat about ‘normal’ things, because they know what you’re going through because they’ve all had similar experiences, something staff there may not understand.”

His views are shared by Tony Quigley, a retired nursery nurse from Liverpool who has spent the past ten months in Edward House, while his grandson Ethan recovers from a liver and bowel transplant.
Mr Quigley, aged 59, added: “This really is our home from home, I don’t know what we would’ve done if this place didn’t exist.

“We found out last year that Edward House was set to close to make way for a Ronald McDonald House. My daughter Lindsay, Ethan’s mum, has stayed at their house near Alder Hey Hospital which said was good as a place to stay, as a roof over your head, but it lacks the personal touch of Edward House.

“Here they know your name, your child’s name, and what your story is, but at the McDonald House and I dare say the Thistle too, we’ll be nothing more than a room number.”

As more families leave armed with boxes, Kaddy Thomas made her feelings on centre’s closure clear. Although the 40-year-old lives in Selly Oak, she moved into Edward House last October, after doctors warned that her two-year-old son Ethan may die as a result of his brain haemorrhage.

“I didn’t want to be wasting valuable minutes travelling in and out of town, not at such a tough time, and he’s been on the ward ever since so I have to be here,” she said.

“It’s been a real sanctuary for me over the past few months, so this past week, as everyone’s been packing up has felt like a bereavement. I don’t think I’m the only one grieving the loss of Edward House either.

“The Children’s Hospital seems to have forgotten how much the families go through, and that Edward House is not just a roof over our heads.”
While families are losing a valuable resource, the eight members of staff are losing their jobs – including house manager Martin White, who has been at Edward House since it opened in 1998.

“This is a very difficult day for me, but it’s even harder for all these families who had come to rely on us for that extra support while their young ones were on a ward recovering from operation, injury or illness,” he said.

“We’ve become a very large, extended family of about 4,000, which is why it’s important to have those personal things, whether it’s afternoon tea or one to one chats, because that’s what families do. I chose the colour of the curtains and so on, but this place has always been about more than bricks and mortar. It’s been a home.”
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-health-news/2008/07/28/final-call-for-edward-house-retreat-65233-21421229/

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Looks good, now we just need to get rid of the crappy extension done the Childrens hospital back in the 70s and we'll have a not too bad northern gateway entrance....
 

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maybe but its not as nice as this imho....

...speakingnof that, ive also noticed that the decission date has come and gone! one can only hope it is while the applicant makes alterations...
 

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Passed the site this evening, demolition well under way, so we may get starts on this and the Lancaster Circus student development opposite within a few months..... Just a little something to cheer us up after all the "doom laden" talk about Snowhill.:)
 

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Pictures! Someone get pictures! Crash your car if you have to! OK, maybe not...
 

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Think I've got the right site? lots of activity today anyway,

from the top of the Royal Angus car park










when I got there



45 mins later on my way out

 

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Yesh, that's the site UV.

I drove past this afternoon whilst matey boy had his hose on the go.

I couldn't work out what the hose was for - used to be a nurses home so you never know what they might have found......... maybe dust I suppose
 

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Goes to Planning Committee on 23rd October.
p.s. think we need to change the title to 7floors according to this.


St Mary's Row, Edward House, City - C/04198/08/FUL

It is proposed to demolish the existing building and erect a replacement 7 storey building,
providing 60 bed accommodation for families with children at the hospital. The existing
accommodation is outdated and too small to accommodate current demands.

A contemporary design is proposed. The main body of the building would appear as a
projecting layer and feature repeating window pods with balconies facing St Chad's
Queensway, between coloured rainscreen cladding and smooth render elements. The
north east facing end of the building would step up by 1 storey to acknowledge the large
Dental Hospital building. It would include a continuous projecting window bay with the
staircase marked with a full height glazed slot and projecting fin. The fin would extend
above the roof height of the building.
The ground floor facing St Chad's Queensway would be largely glazed with an external
terrace and parapet wall.
The top storey would have fewer windows and be surmounted by a projecting cornice.

The architects have sought to achieve a dynamic form that reflects the curve of the
Queensway. The focal point is a full height glazed section to the stair and lobby at the
narrow end of the site. This is emphasised by the vertical fin addressing the taller Dental
Hospital building.

Recommendation
That planning permission be granted
 
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