The Galleries, Brentwood

The multiple award-winning, The Galleries is a Grade II listed former Lunatic Asylum located in the bustling town of Brentwood in Essex.

When City & Country purchased the site from the NHS, the land surrounding the hospital had already been sold and developed; the listed building was abandoned without a viable use to sustain it and was in a very dilapidated state.

In total City & Country delivered 246 residential units, a mixture of conversion and sensitive new build, two large underground car parks and implemented an extensive landscaping scheme to breathe new life into this once very grim and run down heritage asset.

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  • The Galleries

    When City & Country purchased the site from the NHS, the land surrounding the hospital had already been sold and developed; the listed building was abandoned without a viable use to sustain it and...

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    The multiple award-winning, The Galleries is a Grade II listed former Lunatic Asylum located in the bustling town of Brentwood in Essex. When City & Country purchased the site from the NHS, the...

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Local Area

Local Area

The General is located in a bustling waterfront location on the edge of the famous Bristol Floating Harbour. It is ideally located a short walk from Bristol city centre, Temple Meads Train Station, the financial districts of Temple Quay and Temple Back, and the University of Bristol.

While the central part of the city still operates water routes for both leisure and commuters on the harbour, excellent road and rail links have enabled fast connections to all major UK cities.  Bristol is also served by its own international airport location around eight miles from the city centre.  

The General, on the south side of the River Avon, is in the heart of Redcliffe; an area with a growing reputation and vast regeneration plans which in the next five years will see it undertake a rapid diversification.

With a thriving restaurant and café scene, Bristol is also home to numerous independent bars and pubs, which helps to support a lively night life scene.

Bristol’s city centre streets are lined with restaurants, clubs, bars, museums, galleries as well as the floating harbour. Well known for the world class shopping on offer from established high street brands at Cabot’s Circus, the city is home to an eclectic range of boutiques and individual shops.

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History

galleries history

  • 1850
    The site which The Galleries now stands was purchased by Essex County from the Kavanagh Family, owners of the Brentwood Hall Estate, in 1849. 
    A keenly fought competition was held to design a landmark building for the site, with prizes for the top three designs. The winning entry was awarded to Kendall & Pope of Brunswick Square. London and the contract to build the hospital to Myers of Lambeth. The foundation stone for Warley Hospital was laid on 2nd October 1851.
    The building, which opened in 1853 was designed on a corridor plan and in the Tudor style and described by its architects as ‘Medieval of the Tudor period…being substantial, cheerful, English in character.’
  • 1860
    The hospital underwent a number of extensions throughout its lifetime and saw expansion in 1863 when it was decided to erect three distinct country style houses in the grounds., rather than extend the main building.
    Between 1860 and the turn of the century a number of new buildings were added as the population of the hospital grew to almost 2000.
  • 1870
    Major embellishments during this period included a recreation hall at the centre of the original main building in 1879 and new chapel in 1898.
  • 1900
    In the 20th century the hospital did not continue to grow at the same rate with the only the new laundry and boiler house and two detached villas built in the 1930’s. In 1936 a separate admissions unit was opened.
  • 2000
    The hospital finally closed its doors in 2001.
  • 2015
    City & Country has sensitively restored all of the buildings and their architectural features, viably securing this heritage asset which was once on the heritage at risk register.
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Pastoral Way
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