Construction is underway at The General which originally housed the former Bristol General Hospital, where multi-award winning heritage developer, City & Country, is delivering an outstanding range of restoration and new build homes.
The hospital, on the south side of the River Avon, is in the heart of Redcliffe; an area with a growing reputation and vast regeneration plans. The Grade II Listed building is currently undergoing extensive renovations and restorations, which once complete will offer a selection of stylish one, two and three bedroom apartments.
The hospital marks City & Country’s first major development in the South West, and the landmark site also promises to bring a collection of commercial units to the surging Bristol property market.
Bristol, recently crowned the best city to live in in the whole of Britain by The Sunday Times , is no longer a hidden secret, with a surge of young professionals moving to the trendy city, supporting a burgeoning employment market. Combining an eclectic blend of culture, style, and a fabulous social scene, demand for prime property is rapidly increasing.
Helen Moore, City & Country Managing Director, comments: “We are delighted that our first major project in the South West is in this vibrant city. The General is a wonderful building which boasts a fantastic waterfront location and we are looking forward to delivering a range of outstanding restoration and new build homes. The demolition of the unsightly modern additions is almost complete and when restored, this will allow the true beauty of The General to be revealed. There are many highly unique and individual characteristics of the building that will be restored and then enhanced by the reinstatement of some of the long lost wonderful original features.”
The hospital site extends to almost three acres, with the imposing main hospital building sitting upon the quayside. This structure, along with the former lodge and main hospital gates on Guinea Street, are Grade II Listed. Having served the local community for 150 years, the hospital’s main buildings date from the 1850’s, and key listed areas include a chapel, a mortuary and the external Ogee Dome. The restoration of the dome and neighbouring mansard roofs, which were lost as a result of an incendiary bomb during the Second World War, will breathe new life into this historic landmark.
Demolition and asbestos removal (which started in September 2013) is nearing completion, allowing Phase I of the construction to begin last month. Hard demolition of the day hospital, former laundry room and mortuary has been completed, with an existing external lift shaft now also being removed. Final demolition work will occur during the last phase in November, when the water tank that is currently situated on top of the domed roof will be removed.
The first apartments are due for completion in January 2015, with a full site completion date scheduled for November 2017.
City & Country has appointed Savills as their sales agents for the project, and George Cardale, National Head of Residential Development Sales at Savills Bristol, comments: “We are delighted to be involved with the restoration of the landmark Bristol General Hospital. This presents an excellent opportunity to create a significant number of prime city centre properties and the project will breathe new life into this important heritage asset.”
City & Country prides itself on sympathetically restoring classic period features, which remains a trademark of its previous, and existing, developments. At The General these period features include a number of original fireplaces, roof lights, lanterns, stone vaulted ceilings and the original Victorian timber framed arched windows, all of which will be lovingly restored to their former glory.
Meanwhile the building’s exterior windows and stonework will all be restored and cleaned, whilst the hospital’s original external stone fountain, which now finds itself dilapidated and worn, will be relocated to its original position in the central courtyard and restored to full working condition.
To maximise space, an underground car park is also being created (under the corner of Commercial Road and Lower Guinea Street), which will provide concealed parking to residents. When complete the car park will house approximately 115 spaces, and in some places will be as much as 12 metres below existing ground levels.
The sales suite will be opening in September 2014 and the first show homes will be available to view from February 2015. To register your interest and for more information, call 01279 817 882, or visit: www.cityandcountry.co.uk
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