Artist’s Impression Of UK’s First Private Dental School Unveiled
The first image of the UK’s first ever private dental school has been unveiled; an artist’s impression of the school, which is due to be built in Leicester city centre, shows a stylish, modern building.
The Leicester Dental Teaching Academy would be the first private dental school in the UK. The project is being lead by the University of Buckingham and news of the school has been received with great interest in Leicester.
The build is still subject to planning approval and should plans be given the green light, the school will be built on a car park in the Cultural Quarter. The school would take in 100 students per year and offer a 5-year course at a cost of £176,000. The course is aimed at international students.
Initially, when the course starts next year, students will attend lectures in Rutland Street; the new building, which will boast specialist suites, teaching facilities and administration space, is due to open in 2015. The building will also feature a drop-in dental clinic.
The building has been designed by Leicester-based architects RG and P; managing director, Bill Smedley, confirmed that the firm had recently started working on designs for the dental academy and the artist’s impression has been released for publication in the prospectus.
Nick Ebbs, chief executive of Blueprint, the company that owns the proposed site, confirmed that discussions were under way but said that he could not give a great deal of detail at this stage.
A statement from the University of Buckingham said that the new dental academy will be a major boost for the city of Leicester and a prominent sign of regeneration in the area. The school will provide excellent teaching facilities, as well as offering dental treatment for local people.
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