Bristol Life Magazine - 09 October 2015
Heritage expert City and Country has given a beautiful, bespoke stone fountain a new lease of life at The General, Bristol’s former General Hospital.
The developers, who pride themselves on the expert restoration of listed buildings, quickly identified the fountain as a key feature to be fully reinstated during the restoration of the hospital, which is being converted into a range of luxurious homes. The fountain was originally located in the hospital’s main courtyard, but had been moved during World War II to enable better access for ambulances. In the subsequent years it was left to decay in non-working order in an ancillary area of the hospital before City & Country’s intervention. Now it has been lovingly restored to full working order, taking pride of place once again in the tranquil courtyard, which has also undergone extensive landscaping. The fountain’s ‘Banana’ flute detailing has been restored, while defective sections have been repaired and re-joined using stainless steel pins. City & Country have also recreated the original Victorian dolphin sculpture that stood within the fountain bowl, and it is now gracefully positioned at the heart of the development, creating an attractive centerpiece for home owners.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, comments “We pride ourselves on restoring and reinstating original features at all of our developments, and we knew that the fountain held great architectural significance at The General. This delightful feature is now fully restored taking its original place in the serene, landscaped courtyard, protected from the hustle and bustle of the nearby city Centre, creating an oasis of calm for residents”.
The courtyard itself has been elegantly landscaped, with planting colour schemes chosen to create a natural look that complements the history of the hospital. Evergreen plants, including Buxus, have been chosen as they keep their leaf year round, and they sit elegantly alongside herbaccous plants and a small multistem tree.
Richard Dixon, Director of Dixon Landscapes Ltd, says: “We’ve constructed a green, sustainable look using a range of plants from the continent. The herbaccous plants will be particulary pretty in the summer months, while we have also planted roses in a separate area of the courtyard creating a tranquil retreat away from the action of the city”.
The fountain’s reinstatement coincides with the latest range of new homes to go on sale at The General. Prices start from £295,000 for a large 1 bedroom first floor mezzanine apartment with fountain courtyard views.
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