26 June 2013
Final three designs for front of Bristol Royal Infirmary revealed
Three architects shortlisted in a competition to develop new
designs for the front of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) have
revealed their revised plans.
The three designs, first presented in March 2013, have been
further developed following feedback from the public and the panel
overseeing the project, which includes representatives from
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol),
Bristol's creative community, and art consultancy Willis
UH Bristol launched the design competition at the end of last
year when six international artists/architects put forward design
concepts to improve the appearance of the front of the BRI and
address shortcomings in the fabric of the building.
The three shortlisted designs are called 'Veil' by Nieto
Sobejano (an architectural office in Madrid, Spain); 'Vertical
Garden' by Tham and Videgar (architects and designers in Stockholm,
Sweden); and 'Light and Air' by Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu
(SO-IL) (an idea-based design office in New York, USA).
Members of the public will have the opportunity to see and
comment on the designs which will be on display in Cabot Circus
(outside the main entrance to House of Fraser) on Monday 1 July
from 10am - 8pm and in The Architecture Centre, Bristol until 7
July (for more details see www.architecturecentre.co.uk).
The designs will also be available to view on the UH Bristol
website (www.uhbristol.nhs.uk) and the Bristol Post
website (www.bristolpost.co.uk) throughout
The proposed refurbishment of the front of the BRI forms part of
a wider programme of work currently underway that incorporates a
new ward block, helipad and Welcome Centre, due to be completed in
Robert Woolley, chief executive of UH Bristol, said: "I'm
delighted to see three different, innovative designs for the front
of the BRI, which complement the work that is currently taking
place on the construction of our bright new Welcome
"These designs further enhance our vision of matching the
quality of our buildings with the quality of the care we provide
inside them. We want to ensure that, what can be an anxious time
for people, coming into hospital is not made worse by a poor first
"I would like to encourage our staff, patients and members of
the public to take and look and share their views."
The panel overseeing the project will collate public feedback,
meet the three architectural firms in July and then present these
findings to the UH Bristol board, which will make the final
decision. Pending feasibility and affordability the design could
take shape in 2015.
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