Further unique new homes are under way in the mammoth conversion project at Bristol’s former General Hospital.
stained glass window in the chapel will be retained within the new homes
As this major restoration moves into its next phase, builders are busy creating four homes from the hospital’s chapel, which will feature interesting layouts with mezzanine levels and restored Venetian windows.
Meanwhile, three houses are planned in the former laboratory and museum which include restoring the long lantern roof. In the second half of the year, the focus will shift to the restoration of the King Edward VII Wing – the former doctor’s accommodation – which overlooks Commercial Road and The River Avon.
Apartments in the converted main hospital building and its octagonal tower are already for sale alongside flats in a new-build glass and steel property on the site call The Iron Foundry.
Included in the project, City & Country, the specialist heritage developer behind the conversion, has already installed a replica mansard roof to the main building, replacing the original that had been lost to bomb damage during WWII.
the chapel before restoration and conversion
The company specialises in challenging conversions of major historic buildings. Simon Vernon-Harcourt, Design & Restoration Director, explains: “Over the years we have created many idiosyncratic homes from some weird and wonderful spaces, including old morgues, war bunkers, electrical substations and churches.
“The General is no different – the old hospital presents so many fantastic opportunities to create really exciting properties that have their own stories and histories.
“The former laboratory, museum and the chapel offer some of the most interesting restoration properties on the site, while the vast space within the old doctors’ accommodation means we can create some fantastic apartments with views of the river."