We are delighted to have finalised the handover of ownership of the Bristol General Hospital, which takes us one step closer to securing the long-term future of this much cherished local landmark.
Bristol (PRWEB UK) 31 July 2012
City & Country, the award-winning restoration and conservation specialist, is pleased to confirm that it has completed its purchase of the landmark Grade II Bristol General Hospital from University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
The completion follows an initial agreement between the developer and UH Bristol in June 2011 to purchase the site. The Bristol General Hospital closed in early April and the elderly and rehabilitation services moved to the new South Bristol Community Hospital.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, said:
"We are delighted to have finalised the handover of ownership of the Bristol General Hospital, which takes us one step closer to securing the long-term future of this much cherished local landmark.
"Since our initial agreement with the Trust in June of last year, we have been working with the community, through our numerous consultation events and meetings, to deliver a viable solution for the site that reflects local aspirations while at the same time generating the investment required to comprehensively restore this historic collection of ancient buildings."
City & Country’s proposals for Bristol General Hospital, submitted earlier this year, will safeguard the future of the site through the restoration of the retained existing hospital structures and the sensitive addition of new development within the site. The final proposals have been positively received by local residents and community groups, with 92% of those who completed a feedback form at City & Country’s public information event in May saying they support the plans.
The site, influenced by a range of architectural styles as it was added to throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, contains a number of historic buildings including the Grade II listed former lodge and main hospital gates on Guinea Street, and an array of Victorian buildings that are either curtilage listed or listed by association.
"Restoring historic buildings such as these is always a challenging exercise that becomes increasingly costly as they fall further out of use. We firmly believe that our proposals, submitted to Bristol City Council earlier this year, represent a unique opportunity to preserve these important heritage assets and enhance the Harbourside area of Bristol in a sensible and responsible manner. The unseasonal wet weather that we have all experienced over the last few months has caused further water damage to the building. This only goes to highlight the urgent need to gain planning permission and start work at the earliest possible opportunity, as with the building now vacant further and costly deterioration is inevitable."
Bob Pepper, Director of Facilities and Estates at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said:
"The Bristol General Hospital has been part of the Bristol landscape for over 150 years and we are delighted that City & Country is working to safeguard this heritage”.