Bristol Post - 06 October 2015
It is one of the oldest buildings in the city and has long dominated the skyline of south Bristol. And now one of the most iconic parts of Bristol’s General Hospital is being given a brand new lease of life 75 years after it was almost destroyed by the Luftwaffe.
The octagonal tower, complete with eye-catching domed roof, was badly damaged when the Blitz came to Bristol but now the structure is on the verge of being completely refurbished and turned into luxury flats.
The tower is currently undergoing full restoration and several new properties will occupy a prime spot overlooking the neighbouring Harbourside with the some of the homes enjoying views across the Somerset countryside.
The main living spaces in the unique octagonal tower with light pouring in from all angles. 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 the time the original mansard roof and ornate dome over the tower were completely destroyed, resulting in its removal and replacement with the asphalt roof. Now City & Country is fully reinstalling 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 and appearance of its original designs of 1853.
Suzanne Aplin, from property developer City & Country, says the new homes will be some of the most sought after properties in the city. She said: “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 court-yard complete with an ornate fish sculpture that stood within the fountain bowl.
Period details of the properties include roof lanterns, timber sash windows, metal windows and existing listed ornate wrought iron gates and railings.
As reported in the Bristol Post the General Hospital will also be the home of Bristol’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. The owners of Casamia have decided to relocate from Westbury-on-Trym to the former Bristol General Hospital, which treated thousands of patients. Properties in the octagonal tower are currently available off plan and prices start from £750,000. Across the whole development properties range from £295,000 to £810,000.
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