Further unique new homes are planned for Bristol’s former General Hospital as this major restoration moves into its next phase.
Four homes within the hospital’s chapel are currently under construction which will feature interesting layouts with mezzanine levels and restored Venetian windows, while three houses are planned in the former laboratory and museum with its iconic long lantern roof light being reinstated. In the second half of the year work will then focus on the restoration of the King Edward VII Wing - the former doctors’ accommodation - which overlooks Commercial Road and the River Avon.
Alongside these restoration homes, new apartments in The Iron Foundry, which forms part of The General, are currently for sale. These chic new homes are located in a steel and glass structure that deliberately contrasts the Edwardian Baroque style of the old hospital. These impressive apartments boast floor to ceiling windows in an architecturally unique building for Bristol, offering a standard of contemporary city centre living not seen before.
City & Country, the specialist heritage developer behind the conversion, has already restored much of the hospital. In 2016 a replica mansard roof was added to the building, replacing the original that had been lost to bomb damage during WWII. Imaginative homes are currently for sale within this new wing, while properties are also for sale in the hospital’s striking octagonal tower.
The company specialises in challenging conversions of major historic buildings, creating imaginative homes from redundant spaces, as 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.”
Tom and Mary Tippett moved to The General last year, citing the unique history of the building as their reason for buying. Tom says: “We loved the fact that The General is a landmark building in Bristol and we were thrilled to discover that it was being restored in a loving way. We feel privileged to be part of the transformation of the building into something so special.”
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