New plans have been unveiled to build a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital and research facility in Birmingham.
IVC Evidensia is working with developer St Modwen on the project in Longbridge which is expected to be operational in 2023, subject to planning consent.
The hospital, which will create up to 150 jobs, will contain research, treatment, diagnostic, laboratory and administrative space, with construction due o start next year.
IVC Evidensia is headquartered in Bristol and employs 21,000 staff across sites in 12 countries.
This new application is the first to be lodged for the former MG Rover West Works site which has recently undergone £20 million worth of remediation and infrastructure works to enable new construction to begin.
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The hospital will act as a gateway to the planned West Longbridge Business Park to be built as part of the wider regeneration of West Works which also includes 350 new houses.
St Modwen, which is headquartered in Longbridge, is working in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority which invested £6 million in order to help unlock the 75 acres of land for redevelopment.
St Modwen is leading the long-running regeneration of the town at the former home of MG Rover following its collapse in 2005 which has already seen new housing, a supermarket, other retail and a hotel built.
West Works, which sits opposite Longbridge Technology Park next to the A38, is one of largest remaining parts still to be redeveloped, with plans for 27 acres of green space while West Longbridge Business Park is expected to create 5,000 jobs.
St Modwen’s development director Elliot Sellars said: “This is a key first element of West Longbridge and will become a real centrepiece for that part of the town.
“It also has the potential to be a real beacon of veterinary excellence in medicine and treatment.
“Its state-of-the-art design and facilities will be a major draw in the veterinary sector and provide new jobs and opportunities for local people.
“We’re continuing discussions with other occupiers as we look to deliver more jobs in Longbridge and establish a high-quality business park.”