South Bristol Observer - 06 November 2014
A landmark building in the centre of Bedminster is to get a major makeover. The company behind the redevelopment of the historic General Hospital has announced it has taken on a new project to turn the former offices into luxury flats and shops.
Developer City & Country specialises in turning historic buildings into upmarket flats and developments.
And until now, the redevelopment of The General Hospital was the firm’s only project in Bristol and the South West. The specialist developer has unveiled plans to restore and convert Regent House, Consort House and Imperial Arcade.
The buildings, two of them Grade II listed, are in the middle of Bedminster’s main shopping area.
As reported in the Bristol Post a £23 million scheme to build 188 flats as part of the redevelopment of the nearby St Catherine’s Place shopping centre, off East Street has also been approved by planners. Both Consort House and Regent House have been used as offices and there are also nine shops in the neighbouring Imperial Arcade. City & Country is planning to keep the existing shops and create a selection of new flats. The project is the developer’s second Bristol project and follows the recent launch of The General onto the market place.
The Victorian hospital, which overlooks the Harbourside, is being restored to offer 205 new and converted flats, plus shops and bars.
Helen Moore, the managing director of City & Country, said: “City & Country has a long history of sensitively restoring historic and listed buildings, returning them to viable and beneficial use and we are relishing this new challenge here in Bedminster.”
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