An award-winning design and development team featuring BSP Consulting is coming together again to build a new midwifery-led birthing centre near Birmingham.

The East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm is working in association with Ashby de la Zouch developer LSP Developments and Tamworth architects West Hart Partnership Ltd to build the new £1 million birthing facility at Sandwell in the West Midlands.

The team has worked together on a number of health schemes, including Freshney Green Primary Care Centre in Grimsby which last year won the HealthInvestor Property of the Year Award.

Planning permission has now been granted for the one-storey birthing centre at Sandwell, which will feature three delivery rooms, each with a birthing pool, and work is expected to get underway on site in March, with completion scheduled for early autumn.

LSP Developments secured by way of 3PD tender (third party developer) the project, which is being launched just as a medical, leisure and learning centre in Blackpool being built by the same team is poised to open.

The Moor Park Health, Leisure and Learning Centre in Blackpool features two GP surgeries, a library, chemist, swimming pool, fitness and exercise studios, a sports hall and outdoor play areas. It is due to open in spring 2011.

“BSP Consulting is delighted to be working once again with LSP Developments and West Hart Partnership Ltd on an innovative health scheme,” said BSP Consulting director Martin Breakwell.

“The midwifery-led facility in the West Midlands will provide purpose-built facilities for women who have a straightforward, uncomplicated pregnancy.”

BSP undertook the structural and civil engineering design aspects of the Sandwell scheme.

The firm carried out the ground investigation, flood risk assessment, and was responsible for all the structural and civil engineering for the award-winning three-storey Freshney Green Medical Centre, which now houses three GP practices with more than 32,000 patients, as well as a range of associated health services such as a pharmacy, podiatry clinic and dentistry.

BSP Consulting provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It is based in Oxford Street, Nottingham with offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield.

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