The Bristol Magazine - 01 November 2015
At the remarkable transformation of Bristol’s former General Hospital continues, City & Country has launched an exclusive collection of ingeniously designed homes situated in the Hospital’s most iconic element, the octagonal tower.
The tower is currently undergoing full restoration and these new properties will occupy a p rime location overlooking the harbor with the higher level homes boasting views to the Somerset countryside. The main living spaces are located in the unique octagonal tower with light pouring in from all angels. Some of the properties will feature spiral staircases and spacious waterfront facing terraces.
The octagonal tower, and the original Ogee Dome that proudly sat atop it, suffered severe bomb damage during World War II. At this time the original mansard roof and ornate dome over the tower were completely destroyed, resulting in its removal and replacement with an asphalt roof.
Now City & Country is fully reinstating the French Chateaux style mansard roof, as well as the Ogee Dome, which is to be replaced with a zinc clad replica to take pride of place once again above the octagonal tower – returning the hospital to the proportions, scale a nd appearance of its original W.B. Gingell designs of 1853.
Suzanne Aplin, Sales & Marketing Director at City & Country, believes these new homes will be some of the most sought after properties for sale within the city. She comments:
“We are entering an incredibly exciting phase at The General with the restoration of the octagonal tower. The apartments sited within the tower will possess majestic views of the harbourside and beyond to the countryside, providing a unique combination of period history with contemporary design flair and style which will be very hard to match.”
Historic features of The General already reinstated include a beautiful Victorian-era stone fountain, which has been restored to full working order in the central courtyard complete with an ornate fish sculpture that stood within the fountain bowl. Period details of the properties include roof lanterns, timber sash windows, metal Crittall windows and existing listed ornate wrought iron gates and railings.
Internally, the homes provide luxurious specifications that include matt handleless linear kitchens from Ballerina, Neff stainless steel appliances, luxurious bathrooms by Laufen, brassware from Crosswater, heated towel rails and porcelain tiles. Oak engineered brushed flooring features in most living areas, and 100% wool carpets have been laid to bedrooms to offer a luxurious finish. Most properties benefit from views of the waterside, a pretty internal courtyard and fountain, or the beautifully landscaped ground.
Properties in the octagonal tower are currently available off plan and prices start from £750,000. Across the whole development range from £295,000 to £810,000. The Sales Suite, open daily 10am to 5pm, is located in The General’s courtyard accessed from Guinea Street. Interested parties should call 0117 92 55 333 or visit: www.cityandcountry.co.uk
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